Somerville (NJ) Station Area Redevelopment Plan.
Parking lots and a landfill are transformed into new transit-oriented neighborhoods and open spaces.
This comprehensive community-based visioning and design process is now an adopted redevelopment plan for 75 acres of municipal brownfields and surface parking lots on New Jersey Transit’s Raritan Valley Line. The plan is organized around the “Green Seam”, an open space network comprised of wetlands, a restored stream corridor, and active and passive recreation. The adopted redevelopment plan includes zoning and design guidelines for compact mixed-use redevelopment and best-practice green infrastructure strategies. Brownfield remediation for the Green Seam is now complete. There is currently a proposal for high-density mixed-use development that follows the design in the redevelopment plan.
This work is the recipient of a 2007 Smart Growth Award from New Jersey Future, Somerset County Planning Board Award, and the American Planning Association, New Jersey Chapter, Award for outstanding plan and redevelopment plan.