Welcome to the Ewing Township Redevelopment Agency page.
The Ewing Township Redevelopment Agency (ETRA) was established in 1998 to encourage revitalization of the Ewing Township business district through implementation of the Olden Avenue Redevelopment Plan.
Since its inception, the Agency’s role in the betterment of the Township has solidified and expanded. Accordingly, the Agency is playing a strong role in the Redevelopment of the former General Motors and Naval Warfare center through the Parkway Avenue Redevelopment Plan.
Redevelopment is a work in progress. The Plans and on-going planning efforts are meant to guide the market through a common vision and by providing a framework for land use and development within the Township. While it is the intention of the ETRA to let market forces guide reinvestment, while encouraging it through financial incentives and infrastructure improvements. The designation of the redevelopment area and adoption of a redevelopment plan provides an opportunity to provide property tax incentives, in conjunction with special loan programs to encourage and invigorate these forces.
ETRA, by statute, is an autonomous organization of the Township comprising seven residents appointed by the Mayor and conﬁrmed by Council, and employing an Executive Director and legal counsel. Each Commissioner must attend a mandatory two courses at the Bloustein School of Government in New Brunswick, New Jersey. Commissioners serve a ﬁve year term on a voluntary basis with no compensation.
Revitalizing areas like Olden Avenue is hard work. Years of development that evolved into a mix of businesses and a declining industrial complex challenging the border of 3 communities (Trenton, Lawrence and Ewing), redevelopment takes several forms;
- New development implementing the Plan and its design standards;
- Existing businesses become incentivized to reinvest as progress is revealed through new investment;
- Township leadership working with State and County funding sources to implement the infrastructure improvements envisioned; and,
- The public-private partnerships necessary to effectuate real change.
The Olden Avenue Redevelopment Plan is designed to make the Township’s main commercial business district a more palatable place for the neighborhoods that surround it and commuters traversing through it to shop. Since the Plan’s major revision in 2009, tremendous progress has been made. Through strong design standards that coordinate the needs of a particular site’s development and use with that of the surrounding community, the aesthetics along the Avenue are improving.
True success however is ultimately measured by voluntary improvements in facades, landscaping, and signage – which are in-fact occurring. As additional funds are pursued to continue redesigning the Avenue itself, the Township’s main commercial spine will be well positioned for the future. The Township has also implemented a Façade Improvement Program, which we encourage the business community to pursue.
The Parkway Avenue area is not meant to supplant the effort along Olden Avenue but is an effort entirely different and complimentary. The opportunity to create a special place in the geographic center of the community, where once stood the center of area’s main income source, is unparalleled. Since the Plan’s adoption in 2012, the Township has been hard at work negotiating the details of an exciting development that will transform the Township by creating a place where people will be able to live, work, and play. For more information on this project CLICK HERE.
We invite you to review our directory and meeting times. Familiarize yourself with the Olden Avenue Redevelopment Plan (OARP) or better yet, take a look at and frequent the businesses in our community below.
||Robert A. Kull, PP, AICP
||Heather M. Kearns-Latini
||Joseph Mark Mirabella
||Charles W. Latini, PP AICP
||Michael O’Donnell Esq.
The Redevelopment Agency meets on the 1st Wednesday of each month at 7:00 pm at Township Hall. The Agency also holds monthly supplemental meetings at its discretion, which occur on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Township Hall . Current agendas and minutes for these meetings may be accessed by clicking the appropriate link below.
Olden Avenue Redevelopment Plan (OARP)
Mercer County Transportation Study
Available Agency Properties
Please contact the Executive Director if you are interested in the following agency-owned properties:
- 1026 Prospect Street
Ewing, NJ 08638-4814
Appraised Value – $48,000
Size – 60’ x 310’
The property is ideal for a residential single family home with the potential for a flag lot at the back end of property.
- 338 Robbins Avenue
Ewing, NJ 08638-3722
Appraised Value – $33,000
Size – 40’ x 100’
The property lies within the Prospect Park area and would be suited for commercial office development.
Available Properties In Redevelopment Area
Charles W. Latini, PP AICP
L & G Planning
p: (212) 203-5137
o: (609) 883-2900 x7648
f: (609) 538-0729 (Attention: ETRA)
Michael O’Donnell, ETRA General Counsel
Markowitz O’Donnell LLP
p: (609) 896-2660
The Ewing Township Redevelopment Agency (ETRA) is located in the Ewing Township Municipal Building, and can be reached at the following address:
Ewing Township Redevelopment Agency
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628
Office hours are held by appointment. CLICK HERE to make an appointment.
: Township Hall
: 7 pm
: 1st Wednesday of each month. The Agency also holds monthly supplemental meetings at its discretion, which occur on the 3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:00 pm at Township Hall .