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New Jersey Future Announces Smart Growth Award-Winners

May 16, 2012

Elaine Clisham  (eclishamatnjfuturedotorg)  , (609) 393-0008 ext. 102

Leadership Award will honor Panasonic North America’s Joseph M. Taylor

TRENTON, May 16—A diverse group of innovative development and redevelopment projects located in cities, towns and townships across New Jersey will be honored with 2012 Smart Growth Awards from New Jersey Future.

Seven projects and 24 honorees will receive Smart Growth Awards for initiatives ranging from a mixed-use brownfield redevelopment in Harrison (Hudson County) to a shopping center transformation in Somerdale (Camden County) to an innovative alternative to traditional zoning in Hammonton (Atlantic County) to an inter-municipal open space preservation project involving six municipalities in Passaic County. (A complete list of the winners and honorees follows.)

At its 11th-annual Smart Growth Awards ceremony in June, New Jersey Future will also honor Joseph M. Taylor, chairman and chief executive officer of Panasonic Corporation of North America, with the Cary Edwards Leadership Award. The Cary Edwards Leadership Award, named for the late former assemblyman and state attorney general who was a key player in passage of the State Planning Act in 1987, recognizes individuals who have made an outstanding commitment to improving the quality of life and promoting smart growth in New Jersey through sustainable land-use policy and practice. Under Mr. Taylor’s leadership, Panasonic plans to move its headquarters operations in 2013 to a new site in as part of its commitment to serving as a worldwide green business technology leader.

“Joe Taylor has exhibited exceptional leadership and vision in choosing to relocate his company’s headquarters to downtown Newark, where infrastructure already exists and employees will have easy access to a major regional transit hub,” said New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach. “Mr. Taylor’s decision now to invest in Newark’s ongoing revitalization will provide lasting benefits to Panasonic, to its employees and to the city itself, and we are proud to recognize his vision with this award.”

The seven Smart Growth Award-winning projects and plans drew praise from Ingrid Reed, the New Jersey Future board member and senior fellow who chaired the selection committee. “The committee was pleased to see a broad diversity of approaches to addressing local needs and opportunities through smart-growth strategies,” Reed said. “Yet all exhibited the same goal: to foster responsible development that creates vibrant places to live, work, study and enjoy. This year’s winners provide examples that can be emulated by communities around the state and, indeed, around the country.”

The ceremony honoring Mr. Taylor and the Smart Growth Award-winners will be held Thursday, June 7, from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Newark Club, One Newark Center, 22nd Floor, Newark.

New Jersey Future is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization that brings together concerned citizens and leaders to promote responsible land-use policies. The organization employs original research, analysis and advocacy to build coalitions and drive land-use policies that help revitalize cities and towns, protect natural lands and farms, provide more transportation choices beyond cars, expand access to safe and affordable neighborhoods and fuel a prosperous economy.

For more information on New Jersey Future and the Smart Growth Awards event, please visit our website or call (609) 393-0008, ext. 101.

2012 New Jersey Future Smart Growth Awards

Shopping Center Transformation
Cooper Towne Center, Somerdale
Alberto & Associates; Borough of Somerdale; National Realty & Development Corp.

Transit-Oriented Development Partnership
Gateway Transit Village, New Brunswick
New Brunswick Development Corporation; New Brunswick Parking Authority;
New Jersey Economic Development Authority; Pennrose Properties

Innovative Participatory Plan
Hammonton Form-Based Code
Brown & Keener; Main Street Hammonton; Municipal Land Use Center at
The College of New Jersey; Town of Hammonton

Mixed-Use Brownfield Redevelopment
Harrison Commons
Ironstate Development; Minno & Wasko Architects and Planners; The Pegasus Group

University-Neighborhood Center Revitalization
McGinley Square Redevelopment Plan, Jersey City
Jersey City Redevelopment Authority; St. Peter’s College; Trinity Choice Communities

Inter-Municipal Open Space Preservation
Morris Canal Greenway Feasibility Study, Passaic County
Association of New Jersey Environmental Commissions; Canal Society of New Jersey;
County of Passaic; Louis Berger Group

Infill Strategies for Adaptive Re-Use
Newark Affordable Housing
City of Newark; New Jersey Department of Community Affairs; RPM Development Group 

The New Jersey Future Smart Growth Awards are selected by an independent jury. Serving on this year’s selection committee are: Ingrid Reed (chairwoman), senior fellow and board member, New Jersey Future; Thomas M. Clark, executive director, CityWorks Inc.; Andrew Davis Esq., vice president and general counsel, Paulus Sokolowski & Sartor LLC; Anastasia Harrison, AIA LEED BD+C, director of sustainability, Gensler, and board chairwoman, US Green Building Council-NJ Chapter; Marie Raffay, project specialist, New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry, and councilwoman, Byram Township; John S. Watson Jr., vice president, D&R Greenway Land Trust; and Kevin Wilkes AIA, founder, Princeton Design Guild, and councilman, Princeton Borough. 

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