Who We Are

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

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

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 to them has benefited scores of other communities in New Jersey, and the Coalition wants 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
  • Engage the public in decision-making
  • 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