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Photos by Fritz Rethage    Posted September 8, 2003

[Webcam of New Municipal Complex] [Index to Municipal Construction] [The Big Fire]

Boro Hall Moves
Into New Municipal Complex
September 5, 2003

More photos [Library & Senior Center][Library Big Room][Basement][1st M/C Meeting]
"Raising the Flag" at New Boro Hall on September 12, 2003 [Photos]

Trades were finishing up details on September 5, 2003, as 25 municipal employees moved into their new home.  Construction of the New Municipal Complex is finished, nearly four years after the Dec. 10, 1999  [Big Fire] destroyed the 50 old year brick municipal complex on Hamilton Avenue.. 

By October, the borough's first senior center and the Hasbrouck Heights Free Public Library are scheduled to be operating.

The new  $6.3 million 45,000-square-foot Municipal Complex has two main floors and a basement. The public library has been allotted the entire 15,000-square-foot second floor, which more than doubles its current 6,000-square-foot space. The new library will have 22 public Internet-wired computers,  children's crafts room with a sink, and a community room for movies and meetings.

The 4,000-square-foot senior center shares the first floor with the 10,000 square feet given to the administration offices and Borough Council chambers. A community meeting room in the basement can seat about 250 people.

Located on The Boulevard between Madison and Central Avenues, this building is part of a two-facility $13.3 million  project that included the purchase and demolition of five residential homes, an apartment building, and a commercial building for the new Municipal Complex. The borough also bought and on April 16, demolished the Shell gas station across the street for a parking lot.  The borough's insurance policy and construction grants paid for more than half of the total costs. The town borrowed most of the remaining money.

Work continues at the new Public Safety Complex [See Webcam], on Hamilton Avenue will serve the fire and police departments, and the Municipal Court and is scheduled to open there by the end of the year.

[The Big Fire] took 20 fire departments until 6 the next morning to extinguish the blaze. The fire was blamed on faulty wiring.

[Transition info] Administration offices were moved temporarily into the Franklin School gym. A week later, those offices moved to 218 Boulevard on an emergency basis for $1,000 a month. The Police Department set up temporary headquarters in two trailers in the Franklin School gym parking lot.   The Fire Department and the rescue squad set up at Kundert Volvo on Terrace Avenue. The Fire Department then moved to temporary "Butler" buildings on Hamilton Avenue. In 2002, the department settled into a tent on Central Avenue.


Municipal Offices

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Recreation Director Robert Brady getting organized

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Setting up administration area

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Building Department

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Staging area for incomming boxes.

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Health Department

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Taxes will be collected here

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Tax Collector's Office

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Municipal records room

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The Mayor's Office

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Municipal employees staff room

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More boxes arriving ...

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Main hallway viewed from Madison Avenue entrance to Senior Center.
Building elevator and stairs to Library located here.

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Elevator to all floors

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Council chambers

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Workman take care of final details

More photos [Library & Senior Center][Library Big Room][Basement][1st M/C Meeting]
"Raising the Flag" at New Boro Hall on September 12, 2003 [Photos]

Floor Plans: [Basement] [First Level - Municipal Offices & Senior Center]
[Second Level - Library] [Park Area at Boulevard & Madison]
Elevation: [Front - Boulevard] [Back] [Madison Ave.] [Central Ave.][Treatment Enlargement]
Architect's Drawing & model as posted at Boro Hall, March 2002

[Webcam of New Municipal Complex] [Index to Municipal Construction][The Big Fire]

Color copies are available at Minuteman Press (Boulevard & Franklin).

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