Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) is pleased to announce the 2011 Excellence Awards that recognize the best projects and achievements in downtowns throughout the state.

The annual awards will be presented at a reception on Thursday, December 15, 2011 at The Heldrich Center in New Brunswick.

“There are many people working on terrific projects to enhance and enrich New Jersey’s downtowns. This year’s award recipients have made outstanding contributions and represent projects that will sustain communities for a long time,” said Michael Redpath, President of DNJ. “The reception is an opportunity to network with leaders in downtown development and planning,” he added.

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Tickets for the reception, which begins at 5:30 pm, are $35. For more information about the Awards Reception and ticket sales, please contact the DNJ Office at 888-228-8116 or

The 2011 Project Award recipients are:

Built Projects

Gold: Landis Market, Vineland

A specialty market that includes an Amish market and local businesses

Silver: 40 Park and 14 Maple, Morristown

A mixed use project with residential and retail built on the site of vacant department store


Streetscape Redevelopment

Gold: Chatham Streetscape Improvements, Chatham

Silver: George Street Streetscape Improvements, New Brunswick

The following individuals are recognized for their continued and innovative service to DNJ, downtowns and business districts.


Rick Mariani Excellence Award

Marvin Reed, former Mayor of Princeton and past President of DNJ


Downtown New Jersey Special Service Award

William Deane, Dewberry; treasurer of DNJ


Downtown Achievement Awards

Richard Clayton, Chairman of the Board, Spring Lake Business District

Carole Anzalone-Newman, Executive Director, Main Street of South Orange

Seth Grossman, Director, Rutgers University Institute of Business District Management/The Ironbound SID

Program sponsors include: Ben Shaffer and Associates, Inc., Dewberry, Greenbaum Rowe Smith & Davis, LLC, The Heldrich, Louis Berger,, Tim Haahs Engineers/Architects, Tom Calu Consulting, LLC, and Woodmont Properties.

Downtown New Jersey is the organization of individuals, businesses, government agencies, and local and regional organizations that are passionate about downtowns in New Jersey. Downtowns provide a focal point for our communities, reflect their unique identities, provide a convenient local place of commerce, provide our communities a sense of place, and offer a place in which people gather and truly be community.  Downtown New Jersey is a resource dedicated to ensuring the vitality of our downtowns.