Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth

The Urban Essex Coalition for Smart Growth was established in 2013 as a forum for municipalities, non-profits, business and other organizations and individuals to work together for mixed-use development and economic growth around the five commuter rail stations in Essex County, New Jersey. The stations are all on NJ TRANSIT’s Morris & Essex Line:

  • Broad Street Station in Newark
  • East Orange Station in East Orange
  • Brick Church Station in East Orange
  • Orange Station in Orange
  • Highland Avenue Station in Orange

The communities surrounding these five stations are ideal candidates for significant redevelopment. The rail stations provide quick and easy access to Midtown and Lower Manhattan, the Hudson River Waterfront, and Downtown Newark. These areas are major employment, educational, and recreational centers. Good rail access has benefited scores of other communities in New Jersey, and the Coalition would like to see that happen in this corridor.

The Coalition’s strategic plan was released in 2013.

The Coalition will:

  • Support smart growth
  • Pursue mixed-use Transit Oriented  Development
  • Encourage a wide range of housing choices
  • Collaborate for efficient decision-making
  • Promote a shared vision for the station areas
  • Involve the public in its activities
  • Identify opportunities for development and redevelopment
  • Market and promote the Corridor’s potential
  • Attract resources from non-profits, foundations, financial institutions, and the government to achieve its vision