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After a summer break from official membership meetings, the Hopatcong Woman’s Club will be reconvening on Wednesday, September 19th at the Lake House Restaurant for its first meeting of season.

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The annual goal of the Season of Hope Holiday Toy Drive is to collect 20,000 new and unwrapped toys for distribution to children and teens.​

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The storm on social media started with a post on a Hopatcong Residents Facebook page, where the author admitted that her son ran over three cats, and she was so proud of him.

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HERO Boys is a youth development and engagement program for boys in 3-5 grades.

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The Jefferson Township Recreation is accepting online registrations for the 11th Fall season of the Challenger Soccer Program for special needs children.

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The Jefferson Township Community Chorus, sponsored by the Jefferson Arts Committee, will begin its fall/winter rehearsal schedule on Tuesday, September 11 from 7:30 to 9 pm in the Jefferson Township High School Chorus Room, 1010 Weldon Road, Milton/Oak Ridge under the direction of James Wynne. 

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Bridge Marina Team Member Lawrence Hsieh (right) is the winner of the 2018 Bridge Marina Staff Scholarship award in recognition of his outstanding performance and commitment to customer service. 

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The Morris County Board of Freeholders invites residents from all 30 Morris County towns to join in observing the 17th anniversary of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks against our nation at the Morris County Remembers 9/11 Service on Sunday, Sept. 9 at 5 p.m.

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The physical education staff from Roxbury Township Public Schools took part in a professional development opportunity given by Greg Zohovetz, Junior Golf and Player Development Director for the PGA on September 5th.

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During the week of August 28, 45 new eager educators attended Roxbury’s New Staff Orientation at Roxbury High School. 

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New Menu Launches September 24th featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients and more local beers on tap

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Hanover, Roxbury, Netcong and Washington Township (Long Valley) celebrate with family fun

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Mount Arlington knows how to throw a party, and this year’s Halloween Bash will be no exception in the long line of great events that they hold annually.

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Morris County has moved to a new emergency alert system called AlertMorris. In our town, it will be called AlertMtArlington.

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All girls ages 7-16, with residency or who attend school within Mount Arlington and Roxbury are welcome to play both regular season, tournaments, and All stars!

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Mt. Arlington Board of Recreation Commission Presents the Free Movie called "A WRINKLE IN TIME"

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Only weeks away from the Lake Hopatcong Foundation LAKE LOOP “CHOOSE YOUR CHALLENGE”, Sunday, October 7, 2018!  And we want to challenge YOU to come on out with your co-workers and/or staff for a day of team building on the lake!  

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Last week the Hopatcong Lake Regional News reported that an unnamed donor was willing to meet Lake Loop donations at a $1-to-$1 value for the first $5,000 dollars.

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The Hopatcong Hawks are paddling in the Lake Hopatcong Foundation Lake Loop and seek your assistance in reaching 25 team members and raising $3,000 to support the community.

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By Lake Hopatcong Foundation Jess Murphy - This year, the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection will be moving forward with its five-year, 60-inch drawdown procedure to allow access to waterfront structures for inspection and maintenance.

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The following Fishing Report for Lake Hopatcong is provided by Dows Boat Rental & Bait.

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The Knee Deep Club will hold its annual Lake Hopatcong Catfish Contest the weekend of August 11 and 12, 2018.

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Knee Deep Club Dominick Sarinelli Memorial Hybrid Striper contest

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Fishing continued to escalate on Lake Hopatcong over the last week with several nice catches.

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River Styx Eminent Domain: What are we as a “community” trying to achieve?

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This is the fourth article is this series, where we will examine the River Styx project from the aspect of what “we as a community” are trying to achieve, and how this led to the Eminent Domain process.

Background:

Currently, Hopatcong Borough lags behind our sister lake communities in both medium Real Estate prices, and the percentage of real estate price increases for the average home owner over the last three years (Source: Realor.com). While there are a number of possible reasons for this lower ranking, this is a big problem for anyone living within the Hopatcong area that owns a home.

Area

Medium Home Price

3-Year Increase in Value

Lake Hopatcong

$350,000

+ 25%

Mount Arlington

$332,000

+ 10%

Landing

$225,000

- 2.5%

Hopatcong

$187,000

+ 0%

  

In an effort to help resolve these issues, and to revitalize the Hopatcong area, the Hopatcong Borough Council started a Redevelopment Plan back in 1996 as a way to increase land values, and the overall value of our area. After several years of planning and analysis, the Council focused on and selected the River Styx area as the first targeted area for redevelopment.

What was the Plan?

The initial redevelopment plan included, three mixed-use zones of commercial business and housing, a residential-only area, a waterfront district and a parking zone. The design standards called for a consistency of design and material, where the waterfront zone would ensure public access to Lake Hopatcong, and the roadway would be wide enough to accommodate two-way traffic, sidewalks and parking.

For the first stage of the project Hopatcong gained the support of Greentree Development Group to develop 15 Condominiums, and six retail spaces along the river Styx Area.

Ground Braking for Hopatcong Phase OneDuring the initial Groundbreaking ceremonial in 2013, Mayor Petillo commented that, “That after five years of hard work, hope and vision, this is an exciting day for Hopatcong, as we are ready to develop properly to make sure this is a showcase for the Borough. We are seeking to bring in Jobs, Business, Residents and Revenue. That will bring in the hustle and bustle of the downtown area.

Where we are today:

While the development project with Greentree Development Group under the name of “Lakepointe”; has created 15 Condominiums, and six retail shops. Many of them currently remain unsold. According to the current Real Estate agent “Livia Deak” from Century 21, “We have six of the Condominiums sold, and one of the retail spaces is inhabited.

This lack of sell-through has caused Greentree Development Group to hold-off on the remaining redevelopment phases until they can get a better feel on the capability to sell the currently available units.

Real Estate agent Livia Deak from Century 21, feels “These are beautiful units, and perfectly priced for first time home buyers (average cost of $220,000), empty nesters, or someone that is seasonal. All of the units have lake views, with quick access to the lake, the location of this units are ideal, and they have first-class amenities throughout.

River Styx Redevelopment Condominiums

What needs to Happen from here?

Livia Deak from Century 21, feels it always comes down to “Location…Location…Location where the sales of new units depends on surrounding area, as it adds to the overall impression of the area, and influences the potential buyer.”

And absolutely, prospects have commented on the overall status of the current area”. As a Real Estate agent who handles several projects like these. “We always support revitalization projects as it makes the town prettier, increases the value, and will make your town shine. It also increases home values across whole community. We have a similar project happening in Wanaque that has gotten great success, as a revitalization project.” Stated Livia Deak.

Do Revitalization Projects Work?

According to the Urban Land Use Board (Source: http://thejcra.org), Eminent domain is a critical tool for revitalizing cities and improving the quality of life in urban and suburban neighborhoods. The use of eminent domain has been essential to the successful redevelopment of projects across the country. From 42nd Street in New York City and Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington, D.C., to Kansas City, Kansas, and Greenville, South Carolina, public efforts to bring new life to declining areas would not be possible without the power of eminent domain. Normally these projects have a 13% return on development of the home owners in the area.

In Conclusion:

The Hopatcong Lake Regional News hopes that you find this article informative, and if you feel strongly one way oe another, we hope that you will become informed and involved as we move towards the Land Use Board meeting on September 6th 7:30PM, at the Hopatcong High School Auditorium.

Please Remember: That according to the letter sent, “The public hearing will be limited to comments as to whether the area being considered would qualify pursuant to the statute as a redevelopment area.” So come before the Land Use board with facts as to why your home/area should not be considered as part of the redevelopment project". Emotion on its own will not prove your point!

Interviewed for this article:

LIVIA DEAK of CENTURY 21 Crest Real Estate, Inc.

142 Route 23 North
Pompton Plains, NJ 07444
phone: 973.686.1500
mobile: 973.903.2284

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