GOOD NEWS: Gloucester City Awarded Neighborhood Preservation Grant to Be Disbursed Over Five Year Period
GLOUCESTER CITY NEW JERSEY(October 13, 2021)-- The City of Gloucester City has been awarded a 5-year designation, including an initial $125,000 grant from the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). Pending annual State budget capacity, the City of Gloucester City is anticipated to receive up to $125,000 a year for a total of five years to assist with economic and community development.
In addition to funding, the State’s NPP Team of place-based revitalization experts will provide a robust array of technical assistance and training to guide and empower this local effort. The focus will be on revitalizing the district’s boundaries which incorporate the following: a small portion of Powell Street and Market Street to the South; Market Street to 5th Street and up to Ridgeway Street; Ridgeway Street to the Waterfront to the West; the Waterfront to portions of King Street and then to Hudson Street to the North; and down the railroad tracks to the East meeting back up with Powell Street. Gloucester City is among 40 communities throughout New Jersey to receive this designation since NPP was revived in 2019 by Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver as part of their plan to create a stronger and fairer New Jersey.
Mayor Patrick Keating recently announced, “The NPP grant is the catalyst we need to begin the City’s revitalization of the Irishtown neighborhood. The stakeholder committee will develop an implementation plan that will assist both companies and residents to reaffirm the pride that we have in our community.”
The program is designed to increase place, economic, civic and social value. It seeks to achieve this by enhancing buildings, streets and a district’s entire physical realm, by supporting and coordinating small business recovery, growth and sustainability, and by marketing district events and activities while also engaging local stakeholders in planning and relationship building. The state’s NPP Team will work closely with Gloucester City to support an array of bottom-up efforts that create visible and tangible change, leverage other public and private resources, and address real needs and aspirations of the City’s stakeholders, including residents and business owners.
Gloucester City, under the leadership of a local NPP Coordinator with support of a local NPP Stakeholder Team will create an NPP Implementation Plan that combines significant community engagement, local knowledge, and hard data. The resulting Implementation Plan is an achievable and comprehensive set of projects and programs that address local needs and build on local assets in its NPP District.
In total, 31 communities applied for only 20 available NPP designations. Gloucester City is part of this new group of 20 communities that include Gloucester Twp. (Blackwood), Vineland, and Wildwood. Since launching in 2019, NPP has helped generate physical, tangible change, including addressing impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in communities like Glassboro, Millville, and Woodbury.