PATERSON, NJ- Standing beside two diesel powered trolleys on the site that the Paterson Art Factory calls home on Tuesday, Mayor Andre Sayegh showed that he is wasting no time in moving ahead on efforts to make the Great Falls, and the area around it, the centerpiece of the city’s much anticipated resurgence.
Calling the Art Factory a “partner”, Sayegh offered his appreciation for the investment that was being made in the neighborhood. His hope, Sayegh shared, is that “as visitors and residents explore the Great Falls, it serves not just as a gateway to a national treasure, but a gateway to explore an entire community.”
With David Garsia, managing member and partial owner of Great Falls Industrial Park, Inc., the company that owns the site, and Darren Boch, Superintendent of the Paterson Great Falls National Park, at his side, Sayegh announced that the two trolleys will be put into service in the coming weeks to help transport residents and visitors to and from the area adjacent to where they stood.
Saying “the arts bring people together,” and that the announcement was “another step forward in our plan to become a cultural and arts destination,” Sayegh predicted that the new trolleys would provide opportunities for visitors to the city to enjoy numerous cultural and arts destinations.
Speaking to TAPinto Paterson prior to the event, Garsia said that the trolley would run on both an “outer loop” and an “inner loop,” with the first connecting the train station, Passaic County Community College, the Passaic County Administration Building, and the parking lot on Ellison Street, with the park and Arts Factory; while the second would connect Paterson City Hall and Market Street with the same final destinations.
"This is the start of a major renaissance” that Sayegh is going to help usher into Paterson, Garsia, who was appointed to the mayor’s Transition Team’s committee on arts, culture, & tourism, predicted. The trolley system, he continued, will “bind everything together logistically.”
Comparing the plan to renovate the Art Factory to indoor markets found in the revived neighborhoods of Soho and Chelsea in New York City, Garsia, a strong proponent of using existing historic and artistic infrastructure to inspire more investment, said earlier this year that they are “bringing something to Paterson that doesn’t exist here yet.”