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Old 07-04-2007, 09:47 PM
 
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Has anybody heard of the Union Center redevelopment plans? Is the town center destined for a comeback? The city council designated the Union Center (Morris&Stuyvesant) as a redevelopment area, as the Metro Planning company has suggested after their long study, but many downtown storeowners protested the decision, as they think it'll lead to the township acquiring their properties through eminent domain and turning them over to flagship retailers to move into downtown. Any thoughts? Is Union center a good place to live?
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Old 07-06-2007, 11:17 AM
 
Location: Union Township NJ
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I am a Union resident and have noticed alot of the shopkeepers with the stop eminent domain signs in their windows. I does appear it's in the planning stage. I do love the stores - but it looks as if Union wants to turn it self into an upscale downtown. What it has going for it is decent municipal parking.
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Old 07-07-2007, 03:24 PM
 
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I grew up in Union. Nice town and it's nice to have a center of town. remember (I moved about 15 yrs ago) the town was up in arms because New York business people were buying up the properties in town and raising the rents, so all the businesses wereclosing up and some would open and close within 6 months. Some sat empty. Since then I think it has changed. It's very pretty, cobble stone sidewalks and benches, parking was always good.

You don't want to live in the center though. Lots of other alternatives, it's a big town. Also, I don't know if you havekids; it's been awhile for me and I don't know how the schools are these days. good luck!
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Old 07-10-2007, 08:55 AM
 
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i'm also considering moving to union. seems like a good value to me. The schools aren't so great, and there's a not-so-great area of town (seems to be north of morris ave - particularly the northwest corner, the vauxhall section), but i don;t have kids yet, so i'm not too worried about it. There's some really nice neighborhoods. Everybody takes care of their property, well-kept lawns, many upgraded houses. Very reasonable prices. I think it's the quality of the schools that holds it back.
If you read up on the star ledger's union township forum - NJ.com: Union Twp. Forum
it seems that the overall sentiment is that the town "ain't what it used to be". That is, the town center used to be bustling, the schools great, and now - there's a lower class of people moving in. Seems that lots of people live there b/c of the good value on property, but send their kids to private school.
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