La Casa is engaged in a model comprehensive neighborhood revitalization program that is focused in the Lower Broadway section of Newark. The Lower Broadway Community Plan developed with broad participation by a variety of stakeholders provides guidance for the City of Newark, residents, business interests, non-profit and other stakeholder activities.
La Casa’s commitment to the Lower Broadway Commercial Corridor has seeded additional private investment and attracted the City’s interest as well. Through Sustainable Communities work, a market scan of the community was recently completed by LISC MetroEdge and suggests that the corridor is well positioned to attract new resident-friendly businesses and services.
The City has also committed $1.4 million for pedestrian and streetscape improvements on the corridor and, through La Casa, has received community feedback on the design.
The Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ) has also committed funds for a façade improvement program that will offer commercial property owners a 3:1 match for façade improvement up to $50,000. This work will be guided by a set of Façade Guidelines developed in partnership with the community.
La Casa also commissioned a Parking Study that offers important background data on current parking conditions and makes recommendations for future improvements.
At the heart of neighborhood revitalization are integrated social services and a social infrastructure that help residents and other stakeholders achieve self sufficiency and empower them to address quality of life issues of the community. The availability of affordable housing, both in the preservation of existing housing stock, and the creation of new units, is an on-going effort throughout the community. Neighborhood revitalization also entails the support and reinvigoration of the commercial activities and the economic life of the community.
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