Working for Smart Growth:
More Livable Places and Open Spaces


2023 Smart Growth Awards

Announcing the winners of the
2023 Smart Growth Awards!

New Jersey Future’s Smart Growth Awards honor projects, plans, and policies across the state that demonstrate smart growth principles in action. The awards shine a spotlight on individuals, businesses, and organizations with the vision to encourage smart growth values and designs.

The 2023 showcase, hosted October 3 at the New Brunswick Performing Arts Center, brought us back together in person to celebrate seven incredible winning projects and three individual honorees. Thank you to all who joined us for the celebration and supported the event. Missed the celebration? Support our work with a donation.

Learn more about this year’s winning projects and their partner teams below through their profiles! Stay tuned for the showcase videos coming soon. Your project could be the next winner, 2024 call for nominations is now open.

2023 Program Book

2023 Smart Growth Award Winners

Cary Edwards Leadership Award
Public policy professional combining academic and practical approaches to elevate health as a place-based issue, reduce healthcare disparities among urban and ethnic populations, and champion the sustainable revitalization of our cities.

Cary Edwards Leadership Award
Dedicated advocate and effective voice on intersectional equity in water infrastructure investment, transportation, and climate change who increases awareness and action at both the
state and local levels.

Redevelopment Trailblazer Award
Redeveloper with over four decades of commitment to repurposing sites and buildings and demonstrated industry leadership on green infrastructure, brownfield remediation, and mixed-used development bridging private, public, and nonprofit sectors.

A partnership between local health care providers and developers to provide 56 affordable housing units in Paterson to create healthy, stable living conditions.
Primary Partners: New Jersey Community Capital |
New Jersey Community Development Corporation |
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency | St. Joseph’s University Medical Center | Thriven Design

Transforming a long-vacant urban site in Newark into a thriving and vibrant destination for the youngest community members through the thoughtful design and construction of a
welcoming learning center.

Primary Partners: City of Newark | Clinton Hill Community Action |
Clinton Hill Community & Early Childhood Center, Inc. | DIGroup Architecture | La Casa de Don Pedro | Maher Charitable Foundation

A mixed-use, community-oriented, artist focused, affordable housing project located in the Clinton Hill section of Newark including community and office spaces, café, and gallery below 27 affordable units.
Primary Partners: City of Newark | Invest Newark | OCA Architects, Inc.

Redevelopment of Paterson’s historic baseball stadium to include a new restaurant, museum as well as additional senior affordable housing and parking to attract visitors and boost civic pride.
Primary Partners: BAW Development LLC | Clarke Caton Hintz Architects | City of Paterson |
New Jersey Department of Community Affairs |
New Jersey Economic Development Authority |
New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency | RPM Development LLC

Bold new plan for reuse of a shuttered department store building and integrated green design strategies to reinvigorate Westfield and convert the space into a vibrant, mixed-use downtown.
Primary Partners: EJ Economic Development Advisors | Greenbaum, Rowe, Smith & Davis LLP |
HBC Streetworks Development | Topology | Town of Westfield

Development of a 70-unit family building in Dover on a previously underutilized municipal parking lot fulfills Dover’s master plan, adds density, mirrors local architecture, and provides the first affordable housing development in town in over a decade.
Primary Partners: MidAtlantic Engineering | NJ Transit | Pennrose, LLC | Thriven Design |
Town of Dover

First of its kind plan that combines open space, farmland, and historic preservation plans to provide funding and partnerships, and balance reuse opportunities with economic development to attract business and tourism to the county.
Primary Partners: Barton Ross & Partners LLC | County of Somerset | Heritage Strategies |
Land Stewardship Solutions, LLC | New Jersey Conservation Foundation

Thank You to the 2023 Smart Growth Awards Sponsors

Title Sponsor

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Strategic Partners

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Since 2002, New Jersey Future has honored more than 130 projects with Smart Growth Awards. Winners are selected from a statewide public nomination process by an independent jury. Judging the 2023 Smart Growth Awards were:

  • Naeema Campbell, Former Program Officer, The Geraldine R. Dodge Foundation
  • Scott Dvorak, NJ State Director, Trust for Public Land
  • Todd Gomez, Market Executive – North Region Community Development Banking, Bank of America
  • Teri Jover, Business Administrator and Redevelopment Director, Borough of Highland Park
  • Tenisha Malcolm-Wint, Director, Urban Mayors Policy Center, John S. Watson Institute for Urban Policy and Research, Kean University
  • Michael McGuinness, CEO Emeritus, NAIOP
  • Mahbubar Meenar, Professor, Rowan University
  • Jeff Monge, Managing Director, Monge Capital
  • Alle Reis, Vice President & NJ Regional CRA Officer, M&T Bank
  • Chris Watson, Director of Planning and Development Services, Murphy Schiller & Wilkes LLC

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