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New Jersey Future today announced the winners of its 15th annual Smart Growth Awards competition, its annual contest to honor the best in quality planning and development in the state.
“We had an extraordinary number of entries this year,” said New Jersey Future Executive Director Peter Kasabach. “Perhaps it’s the fact that smart-growth principles are guiding more projects, or that New Jersey has emerged from the Great Recession, but we were overwhelmed by the large number of high-quality contenders. The seven winners truly represent the best of the best.”

“The jury had a huge challenge in narrowing this excellent field of entries,” said Andrew Hendry, president of the New Jersey Utilities Association and a New Jersey Future trustee, who chaired this year’s selection committee. “It was very inspiring to see all the innovative, high-quality development and redevelopment going on across the entire state.”
2016 Winners
Hahne and Co. Building, Newark
Redevelopment of an iconic, landmark building into a vibrant mix of housing, educational and retail uses, connecting the university district and the downtown.
Primary Partners: Rutgers University Newark; L&M Development; Prudential; Goldman Sachs
F. Berg Hat Factory Complex, Orange
Transformation of an abandoned factory into commercial and artist space and condominiums, anchoring the Valley Arts District.
Primary Partners: HANDS Inc.; Community Asset Preservation Corporation;
Community Housing Capital; New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency
Urban farm providing affordable, locally grown food, education and employment opportunities as well as much-needed open and biodiverse landscape for area residents.
Partners: D&R Greenway Land Trust; County of Mercer; City of Trenton;
Trenton Area Soup Kitchen; Isles; East Trenton Collaborative; Trenton Rescue Mission;
Escher Street SRO
Avalon Bloomfield Station
Transit-oriented development converting surface parking lots and largely vacant properties into a 24-hour hub with new residents, retail, restaurants, offices and shared parking.
Primary Partners: Avalon Bay Communities Inc.; Bloomfield Center Urban Renewal;
Township of Bloomfield/Bloomfield Parking Authority; Michels & Waldron Associates
Heritage at Alexander Hamilton, Paterson
Replacement of a derelict public housing complex with mixed-income, affordable family-friendly housing and a much-needed community center.
Primary Partners: Pennrose Properties LLC; Wallace, Roberts and Todd LLC;
Housing Authority of the City of Paterson; City of Paterson
Nelson House/Washington Hall Condominiums, Salem
Complete reconstruction of historic but neglected downtown buildings – the last remaining highly-visible vacant buildings in the area – into emerging-market condominiums.
Primary Partners: New Jersey Housing & Mortgage Finance Agency;
Rukenstein & Associates LLC; Tri-County Real Estate Maintenance Company
Resist, Delay, Store, Discharge: A Comprehensive Strategy for Hoboken
A large-scale, integrated design strategy to manage water, for both disaster mitigation and long-term growth, delivering multiple community co-benefits.
Partners: OMA*AMO Architecture PC; Royal Haskoning DHV; Balmori Associates;
HR&A Advisors

Winners will be honored at New Jersey Future’s 15th annual Smart Growth Awards celebration Thursday, June 9, at Panasonic North America’s headquarters in Newark.

About New Jersey Future
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. More recently, New Jersey Future has expanded its work to include local engagement and implementation, most notably in Sandy-affected communities.

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