Thursday, November 19, 2009

Refurbished Building Will House State Agency

Plaintalker learned Thursday that the building at 110 East Fifth Street will be solely devoted to offices of the state Division of Developmental Disabilities.

Early on, the former car dealership was expected to have retail and office uses.

Now it seems the main benefit for the Park & Seventh business district will be the influx of state employees in need of lunch, floral or hardware services, bakery treats and maybe other shopping and service opportunities.

According to state web information, the new Plainfield office will replace a West Orange office dedicated to intake services only for Union and Somerset counties.

Plaintalker welcomes comments on this topic.

--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

So, if the state takes over that building, we will not see tax revenues? How many state employees are expected to work in the building?

7:30 PM  
Blogger Rob said...

At least it's not a $1 store... at least it's not a $1 store...that is the 1 bright and positive aspect of it.

7:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Yet another example of how Plainfield's economy has become government dependent. There's nothing else here any more, tragically, and ironically, even the heavily government supported hospital is gone.

This is only strategy that government has to shore up failing cities, to give them whatever meager largesse they can. The developers and commercial interests certainly ain't doing it.

I'm pretty sure that the recession, which will be deeper and longer than most think, will be the end of livability in the older cities, burdened with increasingly impossible to pay for crime, ill health and bad schools, with no jobs but government jobs, which will soon fade as the suburban voters ascend to the top of the appropriations heap.

9:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Just what we dont need, more unpaid tax revenues.

11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Developmental Disabilities?? Not there is nothing wrong with that, why are we replacing a "West Orange facility"

And were do they go after being "Intook?"

Are there not enough Park Hotel residents who are getting quite agressive in wanting money wandering the streets of Park Avenue and turning off prospective costomers already?

This is considered growth for Plainfield?

12:05 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Jerry Green has given away our town to state agencies that do not pay taxes for our commercial properties. Why couldn't this building be placed in Dunellen, near their train station, or in Fanwood or Scotch Plains or Westfield? He and his mayor have destroyed our town. A couple of state employees who buy lunch 2-3 times a week or a couple of bunches of roses every year will not make up the difference in lost tax ratables. Maybe Green finally realizes that because of his low re-election numbers he is "out" and will be replaced. Maybe he's angry at Plainfield and just doesn't care. He has sold us out once again.

8:34 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Time to move.

10:26 AM  

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