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Flood-Damaged Homes to be Acquired by Township

Purchases of severely damaged homes will create new open space in Lake Hiawatha.

The Parsippany Township Council unanimously approved the plan to buy homes that were substantially damaged in the 2011 tropical storm that came in Hurricane Irene's wake. The vote came during the body's Tuesday night meeting at Town Hall.

The move executes a grant agreement between Parsippany and the N.J. Office of Emergency Management to make use of disaster relief funds under the Federal Emergency Management Agency Hazard Mitigation Grant Program. Under the agreement, the town will use about $5 million in FEMA funds and additional money from the Morris County Flood Mitigation Program to cover the cost of purchasing the uninhabitable homes.

The county program will release $1.676 million in county grant funds to provide a 25 percent match for the FEMA contribution, according to Jennifer McCulloch, the program's coordinator.

"FEMA pays municipalities 75 percent of the cost, and this will cover the other 25 percent," McCulloch told Patch last June. "Parsippany can begin to prepare to move forward." 

The houses will be razed and the land beneath them will become perpetual open space for the township.

The properties to be acquired are:

  • 67 Hiawatha Blvd.
  • 3 Cherokee Ave.
  • 4 Cherokee Ave.
  • 30 Cherokee Ave.
  • 35 Cherokee Ave.
  • 32 Lake Shore Drive
  • 35 Lake Shore Drive
  • 40 Lake Shore Drive
  • 53 Lake Shore Drive
  • 67 Lake Shore Drive
  • 71 Lake Shore Drive
  • 92 Lake Shore Drive
  • 104  Lake Shore Drive
  • 1 Minnehaha Blvd.
  • 59 River Drive
  • 63 River Drive
  • 68 River Drive
  • 128 River Drive
  • 57 Rockaway Blvd.
  • 3 Wilbur Ave.
  • 18 Huron Ave.
clyde donovan October 17, 2012 at 07:53 PM
I would like to see the dollar amount for the buyout of each home on the list, along with the assessed value of each property. Rememberm this is Parsippany and you have to assume something about this program will stink of corruption.
antigravity October 17, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Stupid comments from stupid people who assume they know it all. Parsippany does not set the price.
Monica Sclafani October 17, 2012 at 10:34 PM
I'm glad to see these people will finally get some closure. It's been a long time coming!
clyde donovan October 18, 2012 at 12:00 AM
Name calling is something straight out of third grade. Give us the prices of each buyout since you claim to know more than the rest of us.
Mike October 18, 2012 at 01:17 AM
Lost property tax!!!!! Yes....No....
Natalie Davis (Editor) October 18, 2012 at 04:55 AM
Not municipal property tax. As the article states, the funds come from FEMA and Morris County's flood mitigation program.
Kathy Izzo October 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM
"The houses will be razed and the land beneath them will become perpetual open space for the township" What does this mean? These are small lots, will they become little parks? Will the sidewalks remain intact and if so who will maintain them?
Richard October 18, 2012 at 11:51 AM
I think what Mike meant is that these properties will no longer be paying taxes to the township, therefore diminished tax money to the town means the remaining taxpayer's bill will go up to make up for the lost revenue.
Laureen McGovern October 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I would like to see the money go to getting the levees/flood wall system certified and accredited that way the entire community would benefit, even if that means upgrading the system. There is money for buy outs and to raise the houses but what about the people that were not substantially damaged or the people that did not want to raise their homes for one reason or another. The community will never be the same.
Scott October 18, 2012 at 12:24 PM
Why did it take 2 to 3 months to get this done? Wasn't the buyout plan and the FEMA and County money approved back in May or June?
Laureen McGovern October 18, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Now what about the families that want to move back but cannot until their home is raised?
Laureen McGovern October 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
I have heard that if the houses next to the open lot will maintain them then they could use the land as theirs. One condition, cannot build on it, needs to stay open space.
joe raich October 18, 2012 at 09:26 PM
The Mayor and Council need to act on recommendations from itsown Environmental Advisory Committee.
VietNam Vet October 18, 2012 at 09:40 PM
Clyde, you are so right, we all know what this town will do with any extra money coming in here, especially if the mayor can get his hands on it.
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Scott January 04, 2013 at 08:12 PM
I know this is almost 3 months later but I do want to point out... I own one of those properties and I was just told that it would be at least 2 to 3 months more before this may be addressed. Apparently this vote was for nothing since the money is not being released.

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