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Bergen Communities United Presentation

Bergen Communities United Presentation



In January 2012 Women Rising submitted an application to the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NJ) for pro bono support to update its community plan. Their plan had been ...

In January 2012 Women Rising submitted an application to the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association (APA-NJ) for pro bono support to update its community plan. Their plan had been written in 2005/2006. The application was made to APA-NJ’s Community Planning Assistance Program (CPAP), which provides pro bono planning support to municipalities and community groups. Recipients are selected through a process that begins with a formal request for proposals. Submitted proposals are then evaluated and two to three projects are selected each year. Women Rising’s proposal was one of three projects selected for 2012.



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    • September 29th 2012 
    • Today’s Agenda:1. Introductions2. Overview & Background3. Where are we now?4. A couple of things to think about…5. Break6. Group break out session7. Break8. Regroup & Share
    • Astor Place Neighborhood Association Brenda Pettiford, (At Large)Fairmount Housing Corporation Claire Davis, (At Large)Garden State Episcopal CDC Fadia Joseph, Zone 1 RepresentativeHorizon Health Center Pearl Park, Zone 2 RepresentativeJackson Hill Main Street Corporation Drew Jennings, Zone 3 RepresentativeMcGinley Square Partnership Matt Ward, Zone 4 RepresentativeMetropolitan A.M.E. Zion Church Rev. Joyce Watterman, 5 Zone New City Kids RepresentativePS #17 Parent Council Henry Hernandez, Zone 6 RepresentativeResurrection HouseSt. Peter’s University Special thanks also to:West Belmont Tenant & Block Association Rosemary NwabuezeWest Bergen/Lincoln Park Neighborhood  Tynisha BeardCoalitionWomenRising, Inc.
    • New Jersey APACommunity Planning Assistance Team: David Robbins AICP, RLA, LEED Michael Groh Elizabeth Shulman Suzanne DiGeronimo, FAIA Tom Schulze, PE, CPAP Coordinator
    • Why are we all here…why is this eventtaking place?
    • BCU has been selected to receive planning assistance to update the  neighborhood plan through the American Planning Association  New Jersey Chapter Community Assistance Program 
    • BCU Planning Area:
    • Bergen Communities United Neighborhood Plan 2005 BCU, with the assistance of a consultant in 2004, went through an intensive visioning process with neighborhood residents to develop the current BCU Neighborhood Plan.   
    • Bergen Communities United Neighborhood Plan 2005 Four Themes:1. A Safe and Secure  Neighborhood2. An Urban Village3. A Place for Us All4. A Great Place to Work & Shop• Each theme has 3 or 4 elements • Each theme has 2 to 4 supporting  componentsThere are 73 action items in the 2005 plan…
    • Here is the big picture…• The BCU plan has been instrumental in leveraging  funds from the Wachovia (Wells Fargo) Regional  Foundation.   • 2007, BCU received a 5 year Implementation  Grant that is administered by Women Rising, Inc. • 2008, the plan became and remains the only  approved neighborhood revitalization plan by the  New Jersey Department of Community Affairs  Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit Program.• With a NJ DCA approved neighborhood plan, BCU  has been able to bring Neighborhood  Revitalization Tax Credit investment dollars into  the BCU neighborhood.  
    • OTHER BCU ACHIEVEMENTS:NRTC:• 167-169 Monticello Avenue: In partnership with GSECDC• 1st new construction on Monticello Avenue in over 20 years• 7 moderate income condominiums (increase home ownership)• 1 commercial space• BCU Job BankCommunity Garden:• In partnership with GSECDC, New City Kids, BCU Great Neighborhoods Action Team• Won an award for new garden• Mercedes Benz Company- clean-up and built raised beds (New City Kids)BCU Firm Victims BenefitRose over $3,000 for victims of area fireTechnical Assistance Proposals accepted for:• EPA Walkability Study –Audit & Workshop• NJ APA –Assistance to Update BCU Community Plan• North Jersey Transportation Authority Walking Audit & Workshop - 1 daytime / 1 evening Issues identified and requests sent to responsible agencies/departments
    • OTHER BCU ACHIEVEMENTS:GNAT• Tree planting• Workshops (Code enforcement) Metropolitan AME Zion WomenRising, Inc.• Graffiti Inventories (3)Make A Difference Day• Neighborhood Clean-ups• Flower planting @ Fairmount Triangle (Youth Squad)McGinley Square Redevelopment Plan• BCU Community Meetings• BCU written into plan (Job Bank, compliance with BCU plan)Jersey City Housing Authority- CHOICE Neighborhoods• Participation in community meetingsBCU Public Meetings 2x per year for community feedbackBCU Cares- Fair- Summer 2008Organization information tablesMcGinley Square Festival- June 2012Continuous Flow Christian Center Community Fair- July 2012Resident Satisfaction Surveys-2008- Completed over 300 surveys-2012- In progress
    • Desired Outcomes:The desired outcome of the Community Planning Assistance Program is an updated BCU Neighborhood Plan that is derived specifically from engaging community residents in a community visioning and planning process…• An updated plan is essential for BCU to continue to move forward and be a  voice for area residents…• The plan itself when implemented is a great tool for community building…• The new plan will address the accomplishments & challenges that derived from  the 2005 BCU Neighborhood Plan.  • The new plan will identify new goals & objectives that are important for the  further revitalization of the BCU neighborhood. The overall objective is to continue the work started by BCU to create a “Safe and Secure Neighborhood” with the feel of an “Urban Village” for everyone and a mix of income levels in a neighborhood that is a “Great Place to Work and Shop.”
    • We are hereto listen…
    • Where were we?BCU 2004 Average  = ? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   8 9 10Where are we now?BCU 2012 Average  = ? 0 1 2 3 4 5 6 7   8 9 10
    • Make a wish… What is theone thing youwould change today?
    • Principals for RedevelopmentA couple of things to think about…
    • Neighborhood Elements
    • An Urban VitalitySynergy of use and activityDaytime and nighttime actionA Strong Street Focus
    • A Mixed - Use EnvironmentAbility to “Live above the shop”Deliver “authentic” experiencesGround-floor retail and services
    • Visually OrchestratedMore than just bricks and mortarChoreographed Visual ExperienceTotally Integrated Environment
    • An Authentic, messyexcitementAllow for the unexpectedPromote diversity of interactionsBlur the line between Public & Private
    • With Indoor/Outdoor FlowReaching back to the ContextProviding Diversity of ExperiencePromote interactive Merchandizing
    • Ten Strategies for Redevelopment… 1. It Takes a Vision 2. Evaluate & capitalize on what You’ve Got  3. Focused strategy with flexibility for response  (Provide for new opportunities) 4. Provide / Improve Public Spaces 5. Address the “broken” windows 6. Extend Day into Night (Get eyes on the street) 7. Prioritize the visible (Signage, Lighting & Landscaping) 8. Be Clean, Safe, and Friendly 9. Great Neighborhoods Need Great Champions 10. Work with local/regional government
    • Why are we here again?To work together to make BCU:a “Safe and Secure Neighborhood” with the feel of an “Urban Village” for everyone and a mix of income levels in a neighborhood that is a “Great Place to Work and Shop.”
    • Let’s take a Break…
    • Break Out Session
    • 20 Minutes left
    • 5 Minutes left
    • Let’s take a Break…
    • Group Feedback: Top 10 lists
    • Next Steps
    • Questions?
    • Thank you for coming…