Here, The Record of Hackensack reports that builders in this inner ring suburban county across the George Washington Bridge from Manhattan are embracing infill projects. This is not particularly surprising given that there is not much land left for development after 60 years of building out into the western reaches of the county.
When home builders put their shovels into the ground these days, they're building a different New Jersey. Instead of the single-family suburban sprawl of the postwar era, they're putting up multifamily housing in neighborhoods where residents can walk to shops, restaurants and transportation.
Above and below, construction on Main Street near Mercer Street in Hackensack. The city is seeking to revive the area by bringing in hundreds of apartments. It is one of several North Jersey municipalities that have shown they are open to redevelopment.Hackensack has designated areas in need of development, made zoning changes and offered tax breaks to bring in developers. Developers, no longer willing to wait for approvals and to fight battles to get them, want to go to municipalities that welcome them.
And they're more likely to be doing it in places that have opened the door to redevelopment, rather than towns that resist it. While home construction in the state has rebounded to its highest levels since before the recession, builders have become less willing to spend years fighting to get municipal approvals.
"They are not going to gamble like they once might have," said Patrick O'Keefe, an economist with the accounting firm CohnReznick in Roseland and former CEO of the New Jersey Builders Association.