Clark’s schools are good and it’s dedication to its youth is widely known. It basks in compliments about its athletic facilities, sports programs, and the academic achievements of its young people. And the adults love the golf courses and casual dining offered by several area restaurants.
Home styes range from freshly rehabbed Capes, to updated Splits, to huge new Colonials — with new construction still going on. The 17,000 residents are very friendly, hosting backyard BBQs, block parties, and actively participating in school fundraisers.
Clark has 2 business districts.
- The Raritan Road-Central Avenue district boasts the new Clark Commons Mall, featuring such giants as Whole Foods (which will include its own restaurant and pub), Home Goods, L.A. Fitness, Panera Bread, Panda Express, Chipotle, Applebee’s, Noodles & Company, Smashburger, Blaze Pizza, Red Mango, Dress Barn, Carter’s, OshKosh, Petco, Michael’s, Five Below, Modell’s Sporting Goods, Party City, Sleepy’s, Visionworks, Ulta, Torrid, Hallmark, Vitamin Shoppe, Verizon Wireless and PNC Bank. Outside of the Mall, you’ll find other well-known giants like Bally’s Sports Gym, Barnes & Noble, Chilli’s Restaurant, RiteAid, Target, Marshalls, ShopRite, A&P, several banks, and a host of other service providers.
- The Westfield Avenue district is home to several banks, insurance offices, Dunkin Donuts, and many independent retailers and service providers like hair and nail salons, doctors’ and dentists’ offices, insurance offices, etc..
Easy access to the Garden State Parkway, good schools, 2 thriving business districts, and good neighbors make Clark a first-choice for many home buyers.
The Township of Clark covers about 1.2 square miles and is home to nearly 17,000 residents. It is essentially a “bedroom” community with little industry.
Clark was initially Lenape Indian hunting grounds, developing into an agricultural paradise that enabled many European immigrants to strive for the American Dream. It was one of several early villages in Union County, before becoming part of Rahway.
In 1864, the 357 residents of what is now known as Clark, declared their independence and established their own town. They took the name of a signer of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, Abraham Clark.
Clark was a small quiet farm community, and remained so even as the large farms were inexorably sub-divided into smaller tract farms in the early part of the 20th century. However, when State Highway No. 4, the present day Garden State Parkway, was expanded through Clark, new horizons opened up and Clark experienced the beginnings of a massive change.
The expansion of the GSP into Clark combined with the housing needs of post-WWII, saw farmers begin to sell their land to housing developers for tidy profits. From 1949 through the late 80’s, Clark changed from a farming community to the thriving suburban community it is today.
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