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Replacing distressed public housing with attractive, affordable communities 

 

Morris Canal / Lafayette Park

architecture, planning, affordable housing
Type
Neighborhood
Scale
500 Homes
Location
Jersey City, NJ

WRT's revitalization plan and HOPE VI grant application was crucial to the success of this neighborhood transformation, bringing over $34 million in Federal funds to the mixed-income development. Designed by applying smart growth principles to private market standards, the project's 500 new homes are within a five-minute walk to the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Line, shopping, schools, and parks and convenient to downtown Jersey City and Manhattan. 

Central to the urban design is the Morris Canal Walk, which commemorates the neighborhood's industrial heritage and serves as a civic plaza, bringing together all ages to enjoy the walk's playground, community gardens, seniors' garden, and community center. 

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This has also been recognized as the city’s first green project through material reuse from the previous site, comprehensive stormwater management, low VOC surfaces, and exceeding EPA performance requirements. The community's design and access to amenities make it one of Jersey City's most attractive neighborhoods.