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New Jersey Future Announces Winners of 2019 Smart Growth Awards

TRENTON, March 26, 2019 — New Jersey Future today announced the seven project winners of its 2019 Smart Growth Awards. The winners include four adaptive-reuse projects, a new youth center, a multi-municipal walking and cycling trail, and a master plan update that focuses on accommodating future growth and sustainability.

“If there’s one theme running through all these winners, it’s connectivity,” said Andrew Hendry, the president and chief executive officer of the New Jersey Utilities Association and a New Jersey Future trustee, who chaired the selection committee. “These projects connect housing to jobs, jobs to transit, youth to opportunity, residents to amenities, and a city to its future. While all the entries were worthy of consideration, these winners will truly be transformational well beyond their own footprints. Their awards are well deserved.”

Winners will be honored at a celebration on Wednesday, June 5, at the Newark Museum.

2019 Smart Growth Award Winners

Walker House, Newark
A landmarked Art Deco office building repurposed to bring new mixed-income housing to the heart of downtown

Primary Partners: Citi Community Capital; Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group;L+M Development Partners; Prudential, Inc.

Mercer County Community College, Trenton
Reactivation of a group of long-dormant buildings in an overlooked part of the city, with amenities to serve both students and residents

Primary Partners: City of Trenton; Clarke Caton Hintz; Mercer County Community College; Mercer County

Second Street Youth Center, Plainfield
The first new facility of its kind in more than a decade, constructed on formerly blighted land to provide services and support to families in a historically underserved neighborhood.

Primary Partners: City of Plainfield; J.G. Petrucci Company, Inc.; Second Street Youth Center; TD+Partners

Lawrence Hopewell Trail
A 22-mile walking and cycling trail connecting a variety of destinations, the result of a broad volunteer collaboration among community leaders, area employers, and local residents

Primary Partners: Bristol-Myers Squibb; Mercer County; Township of Lawrence; Township of Hopewell; Lawrence Hopewell Trail Corporation; ETS

People’s Bank Building, Passaic
Repurposing of a vacant Art Deco building into an office and retail anchor to catalyze job creation in a central location in a revitalizing urban downtown

Primary Partners: City of Passaic; The Hanini Group LLC; Low Income Investment Fund; New Jersey Community Capital

Sustainability, Resiliency, Equity: A Plan for Hoboken’s Future Growth
The culmination of a year-long process to update the city’s guiding land-use documents to support growth, preservation and resilience initiatives over the next decade

Primary Partners: BFJ Planning; City of Hoboken Department of Community Development; City of Hoboken Planning Board

Ironside Newark
Transformation of a long-vacant warehouse into a 21st-century office and retail destination with direct connections to transit, open space and nearby attractions

Primary Partners: Edison Properties, LLC; City of Newark; Newark Community Economic Development Corporation; Perkins Eastman

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