We all recall the Borough of Waldwick^s council meetings in the summer of 2005 where more than 150 property owners crowded in the council chambers in rejection of the “Railroad Area” redevelopment study. Fortunately, the Mayor & Council recognized the owners^ strenuous objections and passed ordinance 13-05, prohibiting the use of eminent domain for private development. Several local business owners suggested that local property owners should develop their own plan to upgrade, and not redevelop the area in question. The Mayor & Council agreed, and a promise was made.
The fulfillment of that promise has led to the formation of the Waldwick Community Alliance (WCA) which consists primarily of local business owners and residents united in a single purpose; to address the concerns of the municipality while maintaining the residential, commercial, and light industrial balance that was created as the original intent of this historic downtown community. The intent of this association is to work together with community leaders, property owners, historic societies and NJ Transit to develop a plan that will beautify the downtown historic area. Our hope is to not only beautify the area, but provide safety and add to the quality of life resulting in an area all of Waldwick can be proud of. We feel that our plan will result in continued economic success in the area and will also attract new business opportunities resulting in increased property values and ultimately increased tax revenue.
The WCA has received a 501(c)3 status as a tax-exempt organization so that we may obtain necessary grants and private donations and borough funding. The WCA is also consulting with NJ Transit, Michael Brunkhorst of the Waldwick Historical Society and Wayne T. McCabe, an award winning historian, author and historical preservationist to develop a plan that will focus around the boroughs^ historic train station and encompass areas of West Prospect Street, Hewson Avenue, Harrison Avenue, with the potential to expand to other nearby streets.