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Stretch of New Church Street homes razed

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New Church Street has been transformed in recent weeks with the demolition of nine homes, including six along the west side of the street.

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Blue Acres to demolish almost 20 properties

Almost 20 Rahway properties have been acquired in the last six months through the state Department of Environmental Protection (DEP)’s Blue Acres program, with demolition forthcoming as part of local flood-mitigation efforts.

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30 properties targeted for acquisition

At least 30 homes have been identified for acquisition by the state for flood control efforts along the Rahway River watershed.

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More than 300 properties on foreclosure registry

There are more than 300 residential properties on the city’s foreclosure registry, as of Sept. 1, including almost 100 vacant properties.

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Riverwalk sheriff’s sale postponed

A sheriff’s sale on unsold units at Riverwalk originally scheduled last month has been postponed until April 11. Redevelopment Agency attorney Frank Regan briefed commissioners on the sale at their meeting last month.

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Sheriff’s sale on Riverwalk units next month

A $5.255-million sheriff’s sale on the remaining 19 unsold townhouses at Riverwalk is scheduled for Feb. 8, Redevelopment Agency attorney Frank Regan reported to commissioners at their meeting earlier this month. Bank of America likely will purchase the 19 units at the sheriff’s sale and then look to sell them, Regan told commissioners.

Foreclosure on the 19 unsold units began in late 2009. A total of 86 units were built, with a plan to add more on an adjacent parcel that never materialized. About two dozen Riverwalk units that are owned won judgments on their tax appeals last year, seeing their assessments reduced by as much as $20,000 and their taxes by $1,000.

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Well, check this out: A study by the National Trust for Historic Preservation claims that retrofitting an existing building to make it 30 percent more efficient will “essentially always remain a better bet for the environment than a new building built tomorrow with the same efficiencies,” according to The Atlantic.

Auto parts store seeks renovations

After a plan to create a park at the site didn’t pan out, a downtown auto parts store is looking to add an apartment to its second floor.

Norwood Auto Parts, at the corner of Monroe and Essex streets, aims to renovate its second and third floors to create a residential component to the structure while also including some flood protection measures.

Pat McElduff of Norwood Auto Parts came before the Redevelopment Agency Wednesday night with an application to add a 1,400-square-foot, loft-style apartment on the second floor of the building, which isn’t currently used for anything. The plan is to essentially create high ceilings by combining the existing the third floor, which only encompasses part of building, McElduff said. The garages might be used by contractors, such as plumbers or electricians, he said.

Given the topography of the site, Norwood Auto Parts has flooded regularly during big storms, McElduff said, and seems to be getting worse. Though the water comes and goes quickly at the site, there was still three feet of water after this past summer’s storm, he said. As part of renovations, the floor would be raised about two feet and some flood protections would be added to the building’s foundation, including a rubber membrane.

The building has been an auto parts store since 1955 but started as a temple. In 2010, the city had explored using some state Green Acres dollars to acquire the site and create a park but it was not economically feasible.

The Redevelopment Agency was receptive to the concept presented by McElduff at a December meeting and asked for a formal application to be presented. The agency is expected to pass a resolution at its February meeting to allow the renovations within the redevelopment plan, which then also would need to be amended by City Council to include the plans.

The two properties that make up 125 Monroe St. (Block 321, Lots 3 and 4) were acquired in 1991 and have a property tax bill in excess of $15,000, on an assessment of about $265,000, according to property records.