As of last week, however, relief appears unlikely for the vast majority of residents who had hoped the borough might purchase their flood-ravaged homes.
Fair Lawn learned last Monday that it had been denied Blue Acres funding and expects to hear more bad news from the federal government regarding its request for Federal Emergency Management Agency money.
"We have not officially heard from FEMA on the funding, but candidly we are not optimistic that we are going to be receiving funding from FEMA," borough manager Tom Metzler said at Tuesday's council meeting. "We know that there are neighborhoods in Lincoln Park and in the Wayne area that have been decimated on numerous occasions, and there’s not enough funding to purchase all of the homes in those particular areas."
The borough’s failed Blue Acres application will automatically be transferred to a Green Acres application that goes up for review Feb. 15.
earmarked for the purchase of 38 borough-vetted flood-prone Fair Lawn properties.
Now it seems probable that only one of those 38 properties will actually be purchased -- the severely flood-prone and now unlivable 2nd Street home of Jeff and Barbara Dube -- which the borough is close to acquiring with Open Space funds.
All flood-prone properties ultimately acquired by the borough will be converted to green space and go toward the multi-decade development of a walking path along the Passaic River.