Save the Dive

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Our beloved Dive, formally known as the Riverside Inn, is threatened by redevelopment. Tonight, January 10th 2018, the Cranford Planning Board is viewing a presentation by Harbor Consultants, Inc. and discussing their Draft Preliminary Investigation Report for North Avenue East.

In short, the report concludes that the block from Bar Americana to the Riverside is a ā€œCondemnation Area in Need of Redevelopmentā€ which could be reclaimed by the town, destroyed and replaced by an apartment complex. We haven't reached that point yet, but the discussions are beginning and could head in the wrong direction if we don't act now.

From many peoples' first drink to their last, and every one in between, The Dive, has hosted many great nights and memories. Jake has kept the spirit alive for over 20 years and drinking aside, The Dive has been a foundation of the Cranford community. Open for decades, many relationships have been formed and rekindled whether it was a random Friday night or the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

Almost destroyed by Hurricane Irene in 2011, the community and friends banded together, persevered and brought the bar a new life. Let's unite together again and save The Dive! Voted one of the best bars in NJ, according to, "A dive bar with charm", it's not just a dive, it's The Dive.

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Showing your support at the meeting helps even more. The meeting is in Room 108 of the Municipal Building, 8 Springfield Avenue, Cranford, New Jersey at 7pm.

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