Working for Smart Growth:
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2020 Smart Growth Award Winners

Read about the 2020 Smart Growth Award winners, representing the best in smart growth and sustainable development projects around the state. Find links to their full profiles and videos below.

  • Cary Edwards Leadership AwardCary Edwards Leadership Award

    Awarded to Peter Reinhart this year for his decades of service and commitment to fair and affordable housing and bridging real estate development and smart growth, and for his years of leadership in progressive land use policy and with the New Jersey Future Board of Trustees.

  • City of Newark Lead Reduction ProgramCity of Newark Lead Reduction Program

    A revolutionary citywide lead removal program recognized as a national model for its aggressive approach to removing lead in drinking water; swiftly and efficiently replacing more than 18,000 lead service lines within three years at no charge to residents.

  • Murphy Varnish WorksMurphy Varnish Works

    Community-focused restoration of an abandoned historic icon creating new housing and retail; a catalyst for neighborhood redevelopment and improvement.

  • New Brunswick Performing Arts CenterNew Brunswick Performing Arts Center

    A 23-story state of the art mixed use arts hub housing two theaters and rehearsal space for beloved local theater companies and university students; with office space and mixed-income housing to support the vibrant local community.

  • Social Profit Center at Mill OneSocial Profit Center at Mill One

    Innovative nonprofit-driven restoration of a sizeable historic building creating affordable mixed-use workspace for local nonprofits and artists; breathing new life into a distressed neighborhood as part of a lively “Arts Corridor”.

  • Washington Street Redesign ProjectWashington Street Redesign Project

    Landmark redesign of a bustling historic corridor spanning 16 blocks in the city; a model in coordination and cooperation across sectors with significant environmental and safety benefits.

  • Whitlock MillsWhitlock Mills

    Reactivation and repurposing of an historic group of dormant industrial buildings to bring new mixed-income housing to a rapidly changing area of redevelopment; with on-site amenities for residents and the community, including an innovative educational child-care facility

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