Pleasantville Awarded $400K Transit Village Grant
by Justin Hughes
PLEASANTVILLE, N.J. — The city is one of four municipalities in the state to gain a grant this year from Transit Village, a multi-agency program run by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ TRANSIT to develop and improve areas around transit facilities. The Murphy administration publicized earlier in the month $1 million USD in grants distributed across four municipalities. Pleasantville is poised to receive a $400,000 grant, the largest Transit Village grant awarded in the state, according to the news release.
The funding plans to be utilized to repair and replace curbs, sidewalks, install LED lighting, brick crosswalks, ramps and bike racks, as well as signage to increase awareness of the Bus Terminal, according to the news release. Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle said in a press statement that the grant will extend improvements along South Main Street from Ansley Boulevard to Bayview Avenue.
Mayor Tweedle’s statement added, “This section of the Downtown Pleasantville is undergoing a renaissance with the construction of the City Center, a new supermarket, restaurants and commercial establishments. With this grant we hope to leverage additional commercial and office development along South Main Street.”
The three other municipalities to gain the grants include: Orange, Essex County got $195,000; Asbury Park, Monmouth County received $325,000; Somerville, Somerset County got $80,000. Today, there are 33 municipalities in the Transit Village program. The Transit Village Program permits municipalities with transit facilities to create a designation with mixed-use redevelopment and housing. It then gives financial incentives to make pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with opportunities to live, work, shop and play without reliance on cars, according to a state press release.
Pleasantville’s grant application was prepared by local planning firm Rutala Associates. NJDOT Acting Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti concluded, “In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, it is important that we encourage the use of public transportation. The Transit Village program provides funding to communities that are committed to revitalizing neighborhoods near existing transit facilities to improve our communities and the quality of life of our residents.”