Articles Archive for March 2013
As you probably have heard, the City of Englewood is updating its Master Plan for 2013 which will set objectives and the policies that will shape Englewood’s future. After a series of general public meetings and meetings with specific constituencies, the professional project team (Brown & Keener and Regional Plan Association) has been hard at work developing the vision and finer points of the Master Plan.
On March 21, 2013, from 1PM to 8PM, the project team will host a Pop-Up Workshop to present the Englewood Vision and Master Plan to be held at 14 West Palisade Avenue (formerly Chico’s clothing store) in downtown Englewood. At the storefront, visitors will be able to stop by any time during “shop hours” and take part in hands-on exercises to weigh-in on the Plan. Materials and presentations will showcase what a future Englewood could look like under the recommendations of the Master Plan.
The Plan places particular emphasis on creating an even more lively downtown; a reimagined industrial district in South Englewood; enhanced neighborhoods whose character is preserved; improved access to community amenities; and better transportation connections throughout the city and to the region beyond. In addition to hands-on exercises, residents will be able to provide feedback in comment booklets provided on site.
The Vision and Master Plan was developed over a 9-month process through which nearly 600 Englewood residents and stakeholders participated in two public workshops to shape the recommendations found in the plan. Following the pop-up workshop, the Project Team will incorporate feedback into the Plan and present it to the city in April.
Many of you have been active participants in this process and I thank you for it. We would urge you to join us at this Pop Up Workshop as your voice should be heard. Attached below is a copy of the invitation for the Workshop (simply click on the link), please feel free to distribute it to your friends and neighbors via email.
If you should have any questions regarding the event or the Master Plan please feel free to contact me at City Hall at 201-871-6666 or by email at email@example.com
I look forward to seeing you there!
Mayor Frank Huttle III
I wanted to share an article with you that appeared in The Bergen Record this Friday, March 1st on the progress that the Master Plan process has been making. As you know, over the course of well over a year, the City has been embarking on historic Master Plan process.
Drawing on Citywide meetings with the enitre community as well as with key stakeholder groups, the professionals have been hard at work articulating our vision. Now some of that vision is beginning to take shape and form into specific recommendations.
I would urge you to give the article a read and see some of the exciting developments taking place.
The full text of the article is pasted below for your reading convenience.
Mayor Frank Huttle III
Planners: Englewood future should center on BergenPAC
FRIDAY MARCH 1, 2013, 1:50 PM
BY REBECCA BAKER
ENGLEWOOD — The city can remake itself as a cultural hotspot by creating a district around BergenPAC and rezoning part of the south side so artists and entrepreneurs can live and work there, planning consultants have recommended.
The consultants, hired to overhaul the city’s Master Plan, presented an arts-centered vision for the future of Englewood to its Planning Board on Thursday night. The board will hold a public hearing on the plan, which serves a blueprint for development, on March 28.
Consultants from Brown & Keener, a Philadelphia-based urban design and planning firm, and Regional Plan Association, a nonprofit advisory group, said the city should center downtown improvement efforts around BergenPAC, which draws 250,000 people to the city each year. They suggested creating an “avenue of the arts” on North Van Brunt Street, where BergenPAC and City Hall are located, and repurposing City Hall as an arts venue.
They also suggested the city develop a public arts program and try to get landlords to turn vacant storefronts into temporary art galleries. They encouraged music venues and small theatres downtown, as well as support businesses such as art supply stores, cafes and printing shops.
“People go to the BergenPAC and go home,” Brown & Keener Planner Neil Desai told Planning Board members. “How do you get them to stay?”
Mayor Frank Huttle, who sits on the Planning Board, said the city should capitalize on the success of BergenPAC, which he described as a “major economic engine” in Englewood.
“We have many assets, and one of those assets is the arts,” he said. “I think the concept [of an arts district] is pretty exciting.”
The consultants also had a vision for south Englewood, which has two large apartment complexes, a hotel, a host of light industrial businesses and vacant buildings.
They suggested creating a “live-work district” where artists and entrepreneurs could reside in their workplaces. They also recommended the city create “business incubators,” with low-cost leases for startup firms, in a group of low-rise buildings on Dean Street between Bancker and Honeck streets.
“The proposed district on Dean Street would complement the arts by providing live-work opportunities, particularly for artists,” the consultants said in their report.
Other recommendations focused on parking. The city should double downtown meter times to two hours, hang better signs leading to the Dean Street garage and consider building a new municipal lot on the west side of Williams Street, the consultants said in their report.
Two city-owned school buildings near downtown should be preserved and reused, the consultants said. The Liberty School, on Tenafly Road, could include government offices, community and recreational activities and arts-related uses, while the boarded-up Lincoln School, on West Englewood Avenue, could be redeveloped with the fire department building next door as apartments, offices or arts space.
The city bought both buildings from the school district a decade ago for $11.5 million. The district vacated the Lincoln School in 2008. The Liberty School currently houses the city’s recreation department. The city is looking to build a new firehouse next to the Police Department.
Officials also should consider rezoning the area near the West Palisade Avenue traffic circle as a “downtown gateway” and create a “medical campus district” to support offices and industry connected to Englewood Hospital and Medical Center.
The recommendations were based on input from hundreds of residents who attended a series of workshops about the master plan last year. Municipalities are required to renew their master plans every 10 years. Englewood updated its plan in 2009, but Huttle called for a revision due to the economic changes in the city and region.