Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Master Plan Gets Final Airing

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

Englewood Master Plan Gets Final Airing

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ENGLEWOOD -- The public will have a final say on the city's master plan at a Planning Board hearing Thursday.

The plan, a blueprint of a municipality's future, is updated every few years. The city has engaged in a three-yearprocess. A September 2010 Planning Board resolution said that further studies were needed on the redevelopment of Liberty School, the John T. Wright Arena, the introduction of the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and planning for a community center.

To allow community input on the document, city officials have held three community meetings to gather opinions and suggestions from residents. About 300 residents attended the first meeting in June 2012. Around 200 attended the second public meeting in October 2012, and around 100 residents visited a workshop in March 2013.

In the document, which was put together by consultants Brown & Keener, the Planning Board acknowledges that although some of the recommendations have remained the same from the 2009 master plan, there are new recommendations organized into the "five futures of Englewood": Destination Downtown, My Town, Englewood South, My Neighborhood and Mobility.

Planners suggested promoting pedestrian activity day and night in the downtown with better lighting, having stores that stay open after normal work hours, a stronger police presence and improving the streetscape. To make the downtown a destination point, the document proposes introducing small grocers, flea markets and specialty shops, such as a pet supply store, to attract shoppers, while the west side of Palisade Avenue could "expand offerings that cater to the Latino community but also serve the general population."

Building on an arts district around bergenPAC -- the performing arts center that attracts more than 250,000 visitors to the city annually -- and redeveloping Lincoln and Liberty schools and easing traffic congestion by creating a parking and congestion management plan that capitalizes on the downtown parking garage, were also presented as ways to improve the downtown. …

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