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On 10/7/2021, the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs announced that the Borough of Hawthorne is one of 20 municipalities newly-selected for participation in its Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP). The NPP program, which began in 1975, focuses on revitalizing neighborhoods that are beginning to decline through local planning and community participation and building local capacity and coordination to maximize grant funding and sustain neighborhood vitality. There are now 40 neighborhoods participating in the program, including the new communities announced today.
DCA selected the communities based on community engagement, staffing capacity, readiness to proceed, NPP mission fit, feasibility of goals, neighborhood assets, distress level, past revitalization efforts, and work to leverage other place-based designations. The Department will award $125,000 in grant funding to each newly designated community to help them achieve their goals through neighborhood preservation and revitalization activities . In addition to the funding, a hallmark of NPP is that the program offers an array of technical assistance and training to support the empowerment of participating local governments, nonprofit groups, and neighborhood district stakeholders so they can build a foundation to sustain their revitalization efforts over time.
Hawthorne's designated neighborhood includes commercial areas along Lafayette and Diamond Bridge Avenues and adjacent residential areas, extending through The Eight-Acre Woods and the pool property.
As the designation and grant, Mayor Richard Goldberg said, "I'm excited by this opportunity to bolster business and make enhancements for residents and our recreational facilities. I will be appointing an advisory committee of residents, business people and other stakeholders to prepare plans for the program."