ROSELLE, NJ - Earlier this week Acting Governor Sheila Y. Oliver announced the award of $2.5 million in Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) grants to 20 municipalities in New Jersey. The grants will help improve the quality of life for New Jersey residents by assisting communities with their neighborhood revitalization efforts.  

The goal of the program’s longer-term commitment is to help towns build their local management capacity so that when the grant funding ends, they have the ability and the partnerships to sustain the work and keep making improvements. Municipal grantees had to show a commitment of resources from the neighborhood and municipality, as well as support from community organizations and residents.  

Roselle is one of the recipients of the award and according to Borough Officials, the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) grant that will total $525,000 that is payable over 5 years. During year one, the Borough will receive $125,000 and then $100,000 a year over the next four calendar years. 

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Officials said some NPP funding will be used to hire planning consultants and a part-time program manager. NJDCA Local Government Services will also provide planning assistance to the Borough without charge. 

Officials also noted that the NPP grant will help improve the quality of life for Roselle residents by assisting with revitalization efforts that will be designed and implemented to provide an economic boost starting with the northern Chestnut Street Corridor between First and Third Avenues by exploring new housing opportunities, improving walkability and parking, and rehabbing deteriorating properties. 

In subsequent years, the NPP will be extended down Chestnut Street and to other areas of the Borough. The NPP grant will provide direct financial and technical assistance to the Borough to conduct activities through local planning, code enforcement, community participation, commercial and residential property improvements. 

The goal of the NPP is to help Roselle build sustainable and internal local management capacity and community partnerships that will create an economy that lifts all families, residents, and businesses. Contingent upon the successful completion of the five-year grant program, Roselle may be eligible for an additional five-year grant of $500,000.

“This has been a vision for a very long time for our town to improve our shopping district,” said Mayor Christine Dansereau. “ This grant is the start of changing the face of Chestnut Street in a way that will attract new businesses and shoppers.”

Mayor Dansereau also noted, “ I established this North Chestnut Street Committee of stakeholders to help guide us in the use of this grant money in a way that maximizes the vision of our community.

This year marks the first time in 11 years that the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA) has awarded NPP grants. The grant funding is part of a larger effort by the Murphy Administration to commit more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects. 

“We are so proud to reinvigorate the Neighborhood Preservation Program after more than a decade of dormancy,” said Acting Governor Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “By re-instating funding for this critical initiative, Governor Murphy and I are demonstrating our responsibility as a state to empower and strengthen our communities with the economic tools they need to create an economy that lifts all families and residents. The grant funding is a recognition that the program works and that it routinely reports an excellent return on investment.”

For more information on NPP, visit https://www.nj.gov/dca/divisions/dhcr/offices/np.html

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