Residential Development Planned Next to Passaic’s ‘100 Steps’

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Design of proposed development at 473-477 Harrison Street near the 100 Steps in Passaic. Rendering courtesy of Arquitectura Varela Architecture & Design.

A property situated next to a local landmark in Passaic might become home to dozens of residents.


Bright Investors, LLC is looking to build a multi-family development at 473-477 Harrison Street, which is located next to the base of an old outdoor public stairwell known as the “100 Steps.”

The company submitted an application to Passaic’s municipal government stating that the existing two-family house on the premises, which is listed as having previously been used to quarantine Passaic firefighters who were exposed to COVID-19, is slated to be replaced with 22 residential units and 23 parking spaces.

Each residential unit within the proposed four-story building would contain two bedrooms, with two of the units being designated as “affordable.”

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473-477 Harrison Street in Passaic would also include affordable units. Rendering courtesy of Arquitectura Varela Architecture & Design.

The 100 Steps once linked the upper and lower parts of Harrison Street, which are separated by a cliff. The community surrounding the upper part of the stairs by Latona Griffin Park is entirely residential, while the community at the bottom is just a short walk from Main Avenue.

WCBS-TV reported last year that the steps had been closed for a decade due to being in structurally deficient condition, but work began earlier this year on a project to rebuild them, according to The Record.

Renderings from Arquitectura Varela Architecture & Design, LLC that were released by the City of Passaic illustrate that the hillside residential development would be just feet from the revitalized staircase.

Property records state that Bright Investors, LLC, which has had listed addresses in Wallington and Saddle Brook, acquired 473-477 Harrison Street in 2019 for $345,000.

The development plans are scheduled to go before the Passaic Planning Board during a Zoom meeting on Wednesday, August 18, at 6:30 p.m.

Note to readers: The dates that applications are scheduled to be heard by the Passaic Planning Board and other commissions are subject to change.

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