Teaneck Town Council Advances Senior Housing and Addresses Organic Land Management

In a recent Teaneck Town Council meeting, the advancement of the 1425 Teck Road senior housing project and discussions on organic land management took center stage. The senior housing project, pivotal for providing affordable living options to the elderly, remained on schedule for completion in April, with a dedication planned for former Mayor Lizette Parker. Meanwhile, the town explored shifts towards organic land management with Jay Feldman of Beyond Pesticides.

The 1425 Teck Road senior housing project, represented by Samantha Hennessy from the Alpert Group and Elizabeth Davis from Bright Side Family, promises 40 affordable housing units exclusively for seniors. With a range from 30% to 60% Area Median Income (AMI), the development ensures perpetual affordability. State-of-the-art features, including energy efficiency, controlled access, emergency pull cords, and community rooms, are designed with senior residents in mind. Marketing efforts will begin February 1, with a lottery system to determine move-in order slated for April 1.

Council members took a keen interest in the project’s progress and its dedication to former Mayor Lizette Parker. Councilwoman Denise Belcher suggested making the presentation public to foster community awareness and engagement. Councilman Mark J. Schwartz clarified the application process, emphasizing that assistance would be available for seniors through age-friendly services. The commitment to affordable senior housing was echoed in approvals and inquiries from Councilwoman Hillary Goldberg and Deputy Mayor Elie Y. Katz.

In parallel to housing discussions, the council delved into environmental stewardship with a presentation on organic land management. The meeting encountered technical difficulties, but Jay Feldman managed to convey the significant risks associated with conventional lawn chemicals and the benefits of transitioning to organic practices. New York City’s approach and national organic standards were presented as models for Teaneck to emulate. Mayor Mike Pagan and Deputy Mayor G showed support for the initiative, discussing sponsorships and potential demonstration projects to support the organic transition.

The council’s environmental agenda did not end there. Deputy Mayor Katz proposed a resolution to affirm Teaneck’s adherence to pesticide regulations and commit to chemical-free management of public lands.

Another topic of considerable interest was the introduction of ordinance 44-22. Council members stressed the importance of transparency and inclusivity in local government, with Councilwoman Danielle Gee and Councilman Schwartz advocating for the advisory role of the senior citizens Advisory Board, given the town’s changing demographics.

The meeting also recognized local achievements. Councilwoman Belcher presented a certificate of recognition to Mortgage Apple Cakes, a local business featured on Oprah’s Favorite Things list. The council lauded Angela Logan, the owner, for her inspiring entrepreneurial journey during the mortgage crisis.

Regarding infrastructure and municipal services, the Township Manager updated on several initiatives, including delays in recycling due to weather conditions, additional paper shredding dates, townwide cleanups, and the pursuit of reimbursement from the USPS for missing tax bills. The manager also reported on the 2024 Municipal budget timeline, Teaneck’s reevaluation status, and the introduction of Code Red for weather alerts.

The council navigated various administrative tasks, including nominations to advisory boards, discussions on street renaming, and committee reports on affordable housing and sustainability. The Township attorney reported on the progress of securing a diversion from the D and Green Acres, unlocking funds for the town.

The consent agenda raised questions on transparency and the need for clarity in government processes. Councilwoman Belcher expressed concerns over specific language in a mutual aid agreement, while Councilwoman Goldberg requested that referenced ordinances be included in meeting packets.

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Mike Pagan
City Council Officials:
Danielle Gee, Elie Y. Katz, Denise Belcher, Hillary Goldberg, Karen Orgen, Mark J. Schwartz

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