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Repurposing Underutilized Properties to Encourage Economic Growth

June 14, 2018
8:30 amto12:00 pm

The Together North Jersey Competitiveness Task Force is sponsoring its second workshop exploring strategies for repurposing vacant and underutilized properties on June 14. This workshop will concentrate on finding new uses for smaller sites, such as strip retail centers, brownfields, old industrial buildings and commercial buildings. The first workshop in this series, held January 17, focused on repurposing larger sites, such as old railyards, larger brownfields and suburban office complexes. Repurposing underutilized sites is a strategy for supporting economic growth in many of North Jersey’s communities, particularly those that have struggled to adapt to New Jersey’s post-industrial economy. These sites are often vacant or poorly maintained and can impede efforts to improve and redevelop a community. This workshop will consider strategies for reusing these once-productive properties that have characteristics preventing their easy reuse in a changing economy. These sites include, older and smaller buildings in former industrial centers; brownfield sites awaiting remediation with substantial opportunities for redevelopment; and strip retail centers that no longer meet the current needs of retailers and consumers.

Location: North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, 1085 Raymond Boulevard, Newark

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