PLEASANTVILLE — The city is one of four municipalities in the state to receive a grant this year from Transit Village, a multi-agency program led by the New Jersey Department of Transportation and NJ TRANSIT to develop and improve areas around transit facilities.
The Gov. Phil Murphy administration announced earlier this month $1 million in grants distributed across four municipalities. Pleasantville will receive a $400,000 grant, the largest Transit Village grant awarded in the state, according to a news release.
The funding will be used to replace curbs, sidewalks, install LED lighting, brick crosswalks, ramps and bike racks, including signage to promote the presence of the Bus Terminal, according to a news release.
Pleasantville Mayor Jesse Tweedle said in a statement that the grant will extend improvements along South Main Street from Ansley Boulevard to Bayview Avenue.
“This section of the Downtown Pleasantville is undergoing a renaissance with the construction of the City Center, a new supermarket, restaurants and commercial establishments,” Tweedle's statement said. “With this grant we hope to leverage additional commercial and office development along South Main Street.”
The three other municipalities to receive grants include: Orange, Essex County received $195,000; Asbury Park, Monmouth County got $325,000; Somerville, Somerset County received $80,000. There are currently 33 municipalities in the Transit Village program.
The Transit Village Program allows municipalities with transit facilities to make a designation with mixed-use redevelopment and housing. It provides financial incentives to create pedestrian-friendly neighborhoods with opportunities to live, work, shop and play without relying on cars, according to a state news release.
Pleasantville’s grant application was prepared by local planning firm Rutala Associates.
“In a state as densely populated as New Jersey, it is important that we encourage the use of public transportation,” NJDOT Acting Commissioner Diane Gutierrez-Scaccetti said. “The Transit Village program provides funding to communities that are committed to revitalizing neighborhoods near existing transit facilities to improve our communities and the quality of life of our residents.”