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21st Century Redevelopment Program

Given significant business disruptions resulting from the COVD-19 pandemic and work-from-home directives, the NJEDA Board approved a reopening of the 21st Century Redevelopment Program application window at its April 14, 2020 Board Meeting. 
 
In summary, this means the NJEDA will re-open the application window for a period of 45 days beginning on a date to be determined by the Authority, based upon when normal business operations have resumed. Based on uncertainty regarding when normal business operations will resume, the NJEDA cannot give specific dates at this time as to when the application will reopen, and therefore when the new deadline will be.  When the NJEDA determines these dates, information will be posted to the program webpage.


NJEDA is now accepting applications for the 21st Century Redevelopment Program.  

Please see the Application instructions and forms below. If you have any questions, please see "Questions & Answers at the bottom of this page for guidance on how to submit a question.

Application Instructions
21st Century Challenge Application - Attachment A - Project Application
21st Century Attachment B - Fee Plan Budget Disbursement Schedule

 

    Overview


    A number of demographic and economic trends are re-shaping where people in New Jersey live and work, with the suburbs experiencing an outmigration of jobs and population similar to those that cities have experienced.
     
    New Jersey now has a surplus of suburban retail and office parks.
     
    Suburban offices and shopping malls boomed during the 1980s and 1990s, when the supply of cheap land and easy access to highways were a strong attraction. These buildings are now over a quarter-century old and are outmoded and less desirable, and many are sitting empty or are underutilized. Most importantly, the real estate market has shifted, with corporations seeking locations close to transit and that attract a younger talent pool. This urban centric trend is happening nationally, with GE moving from Fairfield, CT to Boston; McDonald’s moving from Oak Brook, IL to Chicago; and Weyerhaeuser moving to Pioneer Square in Seattle from a 430-acre campus outside the city.
     
    Many suburban municipalities that are car-based, have multiple or no town centers and are facing stagnation or even a population exodus. 
     
    Many of New Jersey’s suburban municipalities with no town centers (or multiple small “centers,”) that are car-dependent and largely made up of single-family detached homes, are at risk. These municipalities must strategically plan their land use to attract or keep young residents and employers.
     
    Empty corporate campuses, underutilized malls and shopping centers, and vacant office buildings left behind by the 1980-1990s building boom have become a drain on many New Jersey communities. As a result, these communities are dealing with the loss of tax revenues, the costs of maintaining infrastructure and roads around these properties, and a lack of resources to solve the issues.
     
    Local government entities face hurdles planning the retrofitting, redevelopment, and repurposing of large stranded assets.
     
    The growing need for newer, suburban municipalities to address stranded assets adds to the needs that have existed and, in some cases, continues to exist in older cities and suburbs. To allow New Jersey to better attract economic activity and jobs, the Authority intends to offer grant funding to redevelopment agencies, municipalities, or counties to produce plans for repurposing or removing stranded assets in their communities.
     
    By making this grant funding available to local government entities across the State, the Authority seeks to obtain economic development plans from local communities and regions with solutions and strategies for their stranded assets which may be replicable for other municipalities and regions in New Jersey.
     


    What is the 21st Century Redevelopment Program?


    The 21st Century Redevelopment Program will provide grants of up to $50,000 each to eligible redevelopment agencies, municipalities, or counties to create strategies to redevelop or regreen their stranded assets. In addition to the $50,000 in grant funding, recipients will be offered technical support provided by the Division of Policy, Planning, and Research at NJEDA and the Office of Local Planning Services at New Jersey Department of Community Affairs. These services will be limited in scope depending upon Authority/Department resources and can be defined in coordination with a consultant or professional services firm following grant approval.
     
    Planning proposals may focus on any number of elements, including:
     
    • Legal analysis to explore the appropriateness of designating one or more relevant properties in the community as an area in need of redevelopment.
    • Determining cost-benefits of retrofitting, redeveloping or regreening the property or properties
    • Driving economic growth for the locality and region 
    • Creating greater social, economic, and environmental sustainability
    • Expanding affordable and multi-family housing
    • Attracting employers and a diverse, talented workforce
    • Expanding entrepreneurial opportunities and support local businesses
    • Promoting walkable neighborhoods and improve accessibility and mobility
    • Connecting to public transportation
    • Improving livability and healthy outcomes for the local population
     


    Who can apply?


    Only a New Jersey municipal or county government or redevelopment agency is eligible to apply to the 21st Century Redevelopment Program. 

    As part of the application, the municipality, county, or redevelopment agency must present a site or facility or collection of properties suffering from significant vacancies that will be the focus of the planning project. This may be a buildings, corporate campuses that were used by a single entity, buildings that are adjacent to each other, or buildings across a parking surface or structure that is dedicated for use by the buildings.

    A municipality, county or redevelopment agency may only submit one application each. A proposal on behalf of a county does not preclude a municipality within that county from submitting their own proposal.
     


    What else is required in order to be eligible?


    To be considered eligible for a grant award, proposals must demonstrate ability to provide a 20 percent matching contribution of the grant amount, to be reinvested back into the planning project.  

    The 20 percent match can be in the form of a financial contribution, or a contribution of in-kind resources.  In-kind resources are defined as non-monetary resources that will add value and help advance the planning project.  

    The applicant must agree to participate in at least 2 events hosted by NJEDA to share lessons learned with other New Jersey municipalities and counties facing stranded assets challenges, and 
    share ownership of deliverables with NJEDA for the purpose of making results publicly available to foster a dynamic discussion about repurposing stranded assets and to assist other similarly situated municipalities.
     


    How will proposals be evaluated?


    Specific scoring criteria will be outlined in the forthcoming application, but general guidelines that will be used to assess applications are as follows:
     
    • Identification of project purpose and merits
    • Scope and scale
    • Committment to social impacts
    • Previous record
    • Presence and Strength of Regional partnership
    • Community engagement
    • Ranking of municipality within the top 50 2017 Municipal Revitalization Index,


    How to Apply:

     

    NJEDA is now accepting applications for the 21st Century Redevelopment Program.  Applications must be submitted by Thursday, April 9, 2020, no later than 5:00 PM.  EDA is aware that the deadline for the 21st Century Redevelopment Program is upcoming during the current state of emergency, and EDA may consider reopening the program to provide adequate time for all prospective applicants that may not have been able to apply.

    Please see the Application instructions and forms below. If you have any questions, please see "Questions & Answers at the bottom of this page for guidance on how to submit a question.

    Application Instructions

    21st Century Challenge Application - Attachment A - Project Application
    21st Century Attachment B - Fee Plan Budget Disbursement Schedule
     

    Application Deadline:


    Given significant business disruptions resulting from the COVD-19 pandemic and work-from-home directives, the NJEDA Board approved a reopening of the application window at its April 14, 2020 Board Meeting. 
     
    You can find more information about the action taken by the Board
    here. In summary, this means the NJEDA will re-open the application window for a period of 45 days beginning on a date to be determined by the Authority, based upon when normal business operations have resumed. Based on uncertainty regarding when normal business operations will resume, the NJEDA cannot give specific dates at this time as to when the application will reopen, and therefore when the new deadline will be.  When the NJEDA determines these dates, information will be posted to this program webpage to advise of the new dates. No review of any applications will take place until the deadline for the reopened application window has passed.



    Please see the Application Instructions for more information on how to submit an application.
     

    Questions & Answers:


    21st Century Redevelopment Program - Questions and Answers (Updated 2/27/2020)

    The Authority will electronically accept written questions and inquiries from all potential Applicant(s) via the web at 21stCentury@njeda.com. Phone calls/faxes shall not be accepted.

    The subject line of the e-mail should state:

    “Questions – 21st Century Redevelopment Program”

    All Questions received, and Answers given in response to this Application will be answered in the form of a Frequently Asked Questions document to be posted and continually updated on this webpage up until the end of the competitive application round.

    The Authority will also post any addenda on this webpage. It is the responsibility of any potential applicant to review this webpage on a frequent basis to become aware of any answers and addenda.