Posted by C. Stribling on July 17, 2005 at 10:21:17:
Commissioner Susan Bass Levin Designates Jersey City to the
Main Street Program
Jersey City, N.J. - Department of Community Affairs (DCA)
Commissioner Susan Bass Levin today announced Jersey City has been
admitted to the 2004 Main Street New Jersey Program.
Jersey City will join 22 other New Jersey communities that receive
special state assistance to revitalize their downtown business
districts under the DCA's Main Street Program.
Known for its architectural design, the Monticello Avenue district
of Jersey City is the first Main Street New Jersey program in Hudson
The competitive nature of the application process requires towns to
successfully demonstrate commitment to establishing a volunteer
board of directors, procurement of a stable, long-term local
funding, develop public/private partnerships, commitment to hire an
executive director, establish a well-defined commercial district,
and commitment to historic preservation.
"DCA along with the Monticello Community Development Corporation
eager to address the preservation and redevelopment needs of this
historically diverse community," said DCA Commissioner Levin.
The Main Street Program is a comprehensive revitalization program
providing the economic redevelopment of traditional business
districts in New Jersey. Every two years DCA selects communities to
join the program. These communities receive technical support and
training to restore their Main Street to centers of community
activity and commerce. To be considered, a town must demonstrate
public and private support for improving its downtown area.
Since its inception in 1989, the Main Street Program has helped
towns realize a net gain of more than 4,638 jobs, 862 new and
expanded businesses, and nearly $466 million in public and private
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