UPDATED: Gloucester City Asking Residents for their Views on Improving the Neighborhoods in Irishtown
GLOUCESTER CITY. The City of Gloucester City is seeking feedback from people who live, work, shop, and eat in Irishtown for the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs’ Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). As stated by our new Mayor Dayl R. Baile, "Gloucester City's Mayor and Council value our neighborhoods and our businesses. The NPP program proves Gloucester City is where great things are happening!" The online survey will help determine the projects and priorities designed to revitalize and rejuvenate the areas 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, and boost economic growth. Anyone who completes the survey and provides their email address will automatically be entered into a contest to win one of three baskets which include local restaurant and business gift cards.
In October, Gloucester City was awarded a 5-year NPP designation which includes an initial $125,000 grant to generate visible, tangible change in Irishtown driven by local residents and business owners. It is anticipated that Irishtown will receive up to $125,000 a year for five years to assist with economic and community development. The online survey is one step toward ensuring residents and business owners have the opportunity to provide valuable input for the 5-year NPP Implementation Plan.
GLOUCESTER CITY, under the leadership of a local NPP Coordinator, Lori Ryan, with support of a local NPP Stakeholder Team will create an Implementation Plan that combines significant community engagement, local knowledge, and hard data. The resulting plan is an achievable and comprehensive set of projects and programs that address local needs and build on local assets.
The deadline for completing the survey, which is available in multiple languages, is Friday, December 31st at 12 midnight. To help us create a community-driven vision for the future of Irishtown. The survey can also be accessed using the attached QR Code.
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. The goal is to increase place, economic, civic and social value. It achieves 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.