In the 2016 Master Plan Re-examination, an area along Broad Street between Maple Street and Springfield Avenue was identified as an area to be considered for redevelopment because of its investment potential, potential neighborhood cohesion and connection.
This area was considered an important location to potentially provide opportunities for "affordable housing, live/work units, adaptive reuse, pedestrian amenities, public art and open space, affordable neighborhood retail, office and co-working space, and community facilities."
In 2017, the City of Summit's Planning Board conducted a preliminary investigation of the area to determine its suitability as an "area in need of redevelopment."
What is redevelopment planning? A special land use process in the State of New Jersey that allows communities greater input in how development takes place on key sites and challenged areas within its borders. It creates a public-private partnership where development within designated "areas in need of redevelopment" are used to address existing community concerns and meet the needs for future stability and growth. Projects can only be implemented with the creation of a redevelopment plan specific to the block and lots.
Public involvement and visioning are an integral piece to successful redevelopment plans.
Members of the residential and business community are invited to participate in the planning process and to share ideas for specific uses and improvements to the redevelopment area, including architectural design preferences, and proposed project material.