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Fanwood Wins 2014 Smart Growth Award

John Mooney

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 • 11:32pm

FANWOOD, NJ -- Fanwood’s downtown redevelopment has been named among the eight 2014 Smart Growth Award winners by New Jersey Future, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization promotes responsible land-use policies.

Since 2002, New Jersey Future has honored more than 80 projects with Smart Growth Awards. Winners are selected from a statewide public nomination process by an independent jury of professional developers, architects, planners and redevelopment experts.

“I am thrilled that Fanwood has been recognized for its downtown growth strategy. To be honored as one of the top eight development projects in the state is an endorsement of the careful stewardship of growth that I and the council have sought,” said Mayor Colleen Mahr.

“We are not going to rest on our laurels. There is still much work to be done to make the borough’s downtown area an even better place to walk and shop,” Mahr added.

Mahr will accept the award along with representatives of Maser Consulting, Rogut McCarthy, and T&M Associates on Thursday, June 5, at the annual Smart Growth Awards gala held in Newark at the Newark Club. The event will be attended by 300 land-use professionals, planners, attorneys, developers, and local and state officials.

The winners of New Jersey Future’s 2014 Smart Growth Awards: 

Block 64 Redevelopment Plan, Fanwood
A cooperative approach to re-making a transit-oriented downtown
Borough of Fanwood, Maser Consulting, Rogut McCarthy, T&M Associates

Downtown Rehabilitation Plan, Hackensack
Design regulations and flexible zoning to foster a revitalized downtown
Archer & Greiner, DMR Architects, City of Hackensack, Upper Main Street Alliance

G.G. Green Senior Residences, Woodbury
Refitting an endangered historic building for use as retail and senior and veterans’ housing
New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency, RPM Development Group

Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center, Camden
Building an anchor for community change
Dresdner Robin, Kitchen & Associates, New Jersey Dept. of Environmental Protection, Salvation Army

Riverfront Redevelopment and Public Access Plan and Riverfront Park, Newark
Transforming an industrial waterfront into a public amenity
County of Essex, Ironbound Community Corp., City of Newark Planning Office, Trust for Public Land

Springside School Apartments, Burlington
Adapting an unused school to provide senior and special-needs residences and services
Township of Burlington, Conifer Realty, MEND, New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency

Access and Mobility Improvements To Sound Foster Economic Growth, Somerset County
Determining investment priorities through regional planning
North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority, Parsons Brinckerhoff, Somerset County Planning Board

Woodrow Wilson Commons I and II, Long Branch
Re-building public housing as an open, walkable community asset
Maestro Community Development Corp., Pennrose Properties LLC, Wallace Roberts & Todd LLC

Judges included a panel of land use experts.   

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