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P.O. Box 600
Trenton, NJ

Contact: Marc LaVorgna
609-530-4280

RELEASE: January 25, 2005


NJDOT announces $ 2.1 million in grants to municipalities for non-traditional transportation projects.

(Trenton) New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) Commissioner Jack Lettiere recently announced the award of $ 2.1 million in grants for local transportation improvement projects throughout the state. The funds are being allocated through NJDOT’s FY2005 Centers of Place program.


Centers of Place grants are awarded for non-traditional transportation projects that advance the development agenda in only those municipalities designated by the State Planning Commission as “urban, regional, town or village centers” under the State Development and Redevelopment Plan.


“This program is an excellent opportunity for towns to use state funding to advance projects that are outside the traditional concept of a transportation project, such as the beautification of downtown business areas or restoration of historic structures—without placing the financial burden on the local property taxpayer,” stated Acting Governor Richard J. Codey.


“Centers of Place grants help revitalize communities and help municipalities create a central identity,” noted Lettiere. “This program is another example of the Department’s commitment to partnering with towns to improve quality of life for their residents.”


The Centers of Place program is designed to assist municipalities who have formally participated in implementation of the New Jersey State Development and Redevelopment Plan. Centers of Place grants often fund improvements in downtown business districts, helping to make municipalities improve their profile for attracting business growth. Funding for Centers of Place applications require the approval of the Commissioner of Transportation and the program is paid for with dollars from the state’s Transportation Trust Fund.


FY 2005 NJDOT Centers of Place Grants:

Atlantic $ 50,000 Egg Harbor Downtown streetscape

Burlington $ 180,000 Delanco Gateway streetscape

Camden $ 135,000 Camden Cramer Hill streetscape

Hudson $ 100,000 Bayonne Wayfinding signs

Hudson $ 50,000 Guttenberg Broadway streetscape

Hudson $ 250,000 Jersey City Destination Jersey City

Mercer $ 70,000 Princeton Borough Gas works redevelopment

Monmouth $ 325,000 Freehold Borough South St, Rt. 79 Pedestrian

Monmouth $ 300,000 Atlantic Highlands First Ave. Streetscape

Morris $ 250,000 Morristown West Park Place

Passaic $ 100,000 Haledon Belmont Ave. streetscape

Salem $ 135,000 Elmer Streetscape

Sussex $ 200,000 Newton Main Street

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