Dessert cafe coming to corner space

Kim’s In The Mix, a dessert cafe, soon will occupy the corner of West Main and Irving streets.

Rafael Ortiz, who owns the property at 209-219 W. Main St. along with several other downtown sites, said some interior work still remains to be done. He estimated the shop could be in operation within a month.

The cafe signed a two-year lease with an option for three years on the 1,200-square-foot space at $1,500 a month, according to Ortiz. It will replace a camera and phone store that left in December.

What to replace Drug Fair?

Drug Fair filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and 31 of its stores were bought up by Walgreens, with plans to close 11. With a Walgreens just blocks away, it wasn’t much of a surprise that Rahway’s Drug Fair on St. Georges Avenue was among the 11 to close.

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The Savoy: “Not dead”

The developers of The Savoy are still in search of financing, but the project is “not dead,” according to City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier. Briefing commissioners during last week’s Redevelopment Agency meeting, Pelissier said Hillside-based Dornoch/Maplewood Homes is still waiting to get a financial commitment.

The 36-unit project proposed at 1562 Main St. hasn’t seen any activity since last summer.

Not dead yet. Sort of reminds me of the Will Ferrell character from the 1997 movie, Austin Powers: “No, not dead. Burned. Badly.”

Essex, Hancock work to be done

It should be a good month for residents of Riverwalk. First, Myron R. Ross Park looks all but completed, and come Monday, the paving of Essex and Hancock streets will begin.

The City Council Tuesday night authorized $125,000 for materials while the labor will be done by the county, according to City Administrator/Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier. The work is expected to take a few days. The city will continue to pursue Diversified Communities for almost a half-million dollars in improvements, or reimbursement of the improvements. The Redevelopment Agency declared the Parsippany-based developer in default of its redevelopment agreement last month.

Pelissier said other improvements that Diversified is responsible for, such as drainage, will be done after the complaint is settled.