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Ewing Township Redevelopment Agency (ETRA)

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.

OLDEN AVENUE

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.

PARKWAY AVENUE

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.

ETRA Agendas

ETRA Minutes

Commissioners

Chair Robert A. Kull, PP, AICP
Vice-Chair Heather M. Kearns-Latini
Secretary Patrice Coleman-Boatwright
Commissioners Shirley Carter
  Joseph Mark Mirabella
  Joseph Murphy
  Terrance Stokes
Consultant Charles W. Latini, PP AICP
Legal Counsel 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.

ETRA By-laws


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
Coming soon!

Contact 

Charles W. Latini, PP AICP
L & G Planning
p: (212) 203-5137
o: (609) 883-2900 x7648
f: (609) 538-0729 (Attention: ETRA)
cwl@latinigleitz.com

Michael O’Donnell, ETRA General Counsel
Markowitz O’Donnell LLP
p: (609) 896-2660
modonnell@mgrs-law.com

Mailing Address

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
Municipal Complex
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

Office Hours

Office hours are held by appointment. CLICK HERE to make an appointment.

Meeting Schedule

Location: Township Hall
Time: 7 pm
Dates: 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 .
 

 

Municipal Building:
2 Jake Garzio Drive
Ewing, NJ 08628

(609) 883-2900
M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Senior & Community Center:
999 Lower Ferry Road
Ewing, NJ 08628
(609) 883-1776
M-F: 8:30am - 4:30pm

Jack Stephan Way (Brush Drop-off):
M-F: 7:30am - 2:30pm
Sat: 7:30am - 2:30pm

Scotch Road (Public Works):
Bulk and Electronic Items
M-F: 7:00am - 2:30pm
Sat: 7:00am - 2:30pm

Ewing Animal Shelter
4 Jake Garzio Drive
(609) 771-8076

Ewing Police
2 Jake Garzio Drive
(609) 882-1313

Ewing Branch Library
61 Scotch Road
(609) 882-3130

Rental Property Concern Hotline:
(609) 323-1177

Ewing Environmental Commission
www.ewingec.org

Weather Central
Courtesy of PHVFC
phvfc.org/Weather.html


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