Park Ridge Awarded Transit Village Designation
Borough Becomes 29th Municipality in the State to Receive Accolade
Park Ridge, NJ – July 9, 2015 – Earlier this week, Park Ridge received confirmation that the State has approved its application for designation as a Transit Village. The application has been in development for several years and represents the efforts of past and present community leaders on the Borough’s planning boards, governing bodies and staff members.
“The designation is a significant accomplishment for our Planning Board, Governing Body and Borough Planner Brigette Bogart, that will bring valuable grants and state resources to the table as we look to the future redevelopment of multiple properties in-and-around our train station,” stated Terence Maguire, Mayor, Park Ridge. “We are proud of this recognition by the State which confirms that the planning concepts embraced in the Borough’s Master Plan support the creation of pedestrian friendly, transited oriented neighborhoods. Transit Village status also brings with it an Affordable Housing multiplier that will help the Borough meet its mandated housing obligation.”
The Transit Village Initiative is a New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) and NJ Transit partnership that creates incentives for municipalities to redevelop or revitalize areas around transit stations using design standards of transit-oriented development, which helps create attractive, vibrant and pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods where residents can live, shop and work without relying on motor vehicles. Additionally, the Initiative seeks to reduce traffic congestion and improve air quality by increasing transit ridership.
“The immediate benefits Park Ridge will receive by becoming a designated transit village will include; priority funding from state agencies, technical assistance from state agencies and eligibility for grants from New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT)", says Council President Keith Misciagna. "These benefits dovetail perfectly with the Mayor and Council's commitment to smart development of our downtown area and controlling taxes by attracting new businesses to Park Ridge. It's a win-win for our residents."
In 2008, the Borough engaged the Regional Plan Association to organize a community-wide visioning process focusing on the downtown, and in 2010 adopted the Neighborhood Business Ordinance to encourage redevelopment of properties. Park Ridge owns and operates two park-and-ride facilities with an additional 30 on-street parking spaces reserved for commuters, and has documented 15 transit-supportive projects of various sizes in the preliminary stages for the Transit Village District. These steps, along with continued planning, designing and constructing of recreational pathways through the Borough, to its recreation facilities and to the surrounding communities, aided in the application’s success.
About Park Ridge
Incorporated in 1894, Park Ridge is a 2.6 square mile residential community with a population of approximate 8700 residents located in the north-central region of Bergen County area known as the Pascack Valley. The borough is only one of nine municipalities in New Jersey to own and operate its two self-sustaining utilities, supplying both water and electric, for over 80 years. For more information on Park Ridge, visit the website and LIKE on Facebook.
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