Th abandoned townhouses above the Great Falls

Over the summer A friend and I explored the Great Falls and Colt Factory, then he took me to something unexpected. What appeared to be full constructed, ready to move in townhouses, that were completely abandoned. You can read the entire story here (which is how my friend found out about it) but the short story is this. Located just above the Falls, on a cliff overlooking downtown Paterson, a developer built the first of what to be several townhouse buildings. In 2008 the 10 units went up for sale and several people moved in. By 2010, however, the developer ran into financial problems, the remaining buildings, pool and everything else was not going to be built and the town foreclosed on the property. The few owners who had bought moved out, and the entire building was boarded up.

When I investigated the property, everything except for one door was boarded up. One entrance had previously been broken into, so we went in and looked around. Everything was in move in conditions, which really stunned me. You would think that by now copper thieves would have stripped the place, the boiler, fridge, and other appliances would’ve been stolen and homeless would’ve moved right in. It’s almost like no one know this place is here. The future is unclear, but if Paterson is smart they’ll try to make it a scenic view tied to the newly created Great Falls National park.

Pictures here

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5 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by gypsywanderin on December 17, 2011 at 1:22 PM

    did a return trip there yesterday afternoon lol the place did get more trashed.

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  2. Hi,
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  3. Posted by knudsens on December 11, 2011 at 7:50 PM

    I bit eerie to se abandoned places like that. Cool pictures.

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    • Posted by lostinjersey on December 11, 2011 at 7:57 PM

      What’s weird is how pristine the inside was. We hadn’t read the article yet so we couldn’t figure what had happened. Why would someone walk away? we kept asking. When i say it was in move in condition, it was. You could eat off the floors.

      Reply

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