More Development in the Works for Harrison

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A new supermarket recently opened in Harrison, it’s just one of several new developments in the rapidly changing Hudson County town.

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Seabra Foods, Harrison

Seabra Foods opened with Mayor James Fife cutting the ribbon for the new location on September 29th at 429 Bergen Street, between Frank E. Rodgers Boulevard and South 5th Street. There are a variety of ethnic foods from Portugal and countries throughout South America served at the market, which is the largest in the town. The business advertises itself as “a new way of grocery shopping”, and there are produce and dairy departments, a butcher shop, bakery, deli, and a cafe inside. Advance Auto Parts and Strauss Discount Auto previously operated locations at the site.

This is the second Hudson County location for Seabra Foods, which operates other markets in Newark’s East Ward, Kearny, and Hillside, plus Rhode Island, Florida, and Massachusetts. The company is based just across the river in Newark’s Ironbound neighborhood.

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1 Harrison Avenue
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In addition, a new residential building could be coming to Harrison. According to a legal notice from the Harrison Town Planning Board, a new 260 unit complex could rise at 1 Harrison Avenue near Dey Street. The five-story development, which would also include 267 parking spaces, is being proposed by Hornrock Properties Harrison, LLC. The site is located alongside the Passaic River and is adjacent to the Bridge Street Bridge to Newark. The Harrison Riverwalk promenade sits across the street, and the Newark Broad Street Train Station is within walking distance. Currently, the site sits vacant, but previously, All-Tow Transport Towing and Top Car Auto Sales operated at the property, which once contained a gas station.

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Harrison Station

Other recent developments in Harrison have risen near the six-year-old Red Bull Arena, such as Vermella Harrison, the Element by Westin Hotel, and the Harrison Station community. One reason for all of the recent investment in Harrison is due to its location on the PATH line. It’s the next station after Jersey City, so the area offers a great value for commuters looking for a lower cost of living. PATH operates a station on Frank E. Rodgers Blvd South in the town, and much of the recent development has been built around the station, which is in the process of being renovated and expanded.

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2 COMMENTS

  1. When is the town of Harrison going to give back to the community, instead of lining their own pockets with increasing taxes and development? There is nothing for the kids and parking is a nightmare.

  2. Redevelopment plan is a very, very good “hail mary” instigated by the courageous late Mayor Ray McDonough and Co. to rescue a blighted, deserted ex-industrial Newark suburb from loss of services due to collapse of the property tax base. Like most such desperate plans, it can pay off big, but carries big risks and costs. Some costs are being kicked down the road for future coverage: (1) schools and police force is insufficient to handle the added traffic and residential population of the thousands of new units being added, and filled at breakneck speed, (2) success of the Red Bull venture is not assured given the US soccer world disappointment in world cup competition of late, (3) the original redevelopment plan deliberately did not plan carefully for added vehicular traffic of all types through the area for both the Soccer venue and the new residences. Traffic and parking in town now is nearly as impossible as it is in Hoboken, and it didn’t have to be that way since this plan was starting from “scratch”. A new belt-type two lane feeder road along the Passaic bend must be added pronto to both the plan and the land mitigation/public use requirements, and this will entail forfeiture by PSEG of a substantial portion of their monstrous underused lot at the base of Frank E. Rodgers Blvd. Trenton will have to get involved to avoid litigation, and the resulting taxation and expense hits are going to double the cost of the redevelopment plan. Given the tax abatements and other deals used to spur the redevelopment effort, the costs to existing property owners, and especially to existing residential owners (many on fixed incomes) is going to be astronomical. Harrison is already one of the most heavily taxed municipalities in New Jersey, and will certainly move into the number one spot in this dubious category very, very soon. It is long past time that West Hudson (Kearny, East Newark, Harrison) merged completely and switched from their “Hudson” county affiliation to Essex county affiliation to begin the process of elimination of municipality proliferation (the only reason for which is an antiquated racism). I am hopeful that the combined governments of Harrison, Newark, Essex and Trenton will see the wisdom of forcing the PSEG lot to be offered as the prime real estate to Amazon in an attempt to sweeten their proposal for their purported East Coast HQ. The location is better than anything they could possibly be offered in any other American city as regards personnel, living arrangements, infrastructure, airport and port proximity, et al.

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