County of Monmouth • City of Asbury Park • Borough of Bradley Beach • Neptune Township • Interfaith Neighbors

Final Report Now Available!  Download report here (Large PDF).*

Report appendices available here (Large PDF)*

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION

The Connecting Community Corridors project focuses on a series of interconnecting transportation corridors. This effort is a partnership between Monmouth County, the City of Asbury Park, Borough of Bradley Beach, Neptune Township, Interfaith Neighborhoods and Together North Jersey.

This strategic plan is meant to “build” upon past planning efforts, focusing on key priorities established by stakeholders and to generate outcomes that can be implemented. Although there are three municipalities, people who use and traverse this area – whether on foot, bicycle, transit or automobile – experience the corridors as interconnected “linear places”.

View a presentation on the project: Community Corridors

KEY ISSUES

  • Strengthening the region’s economy
  • Barriers to east-west connectivity
  • Access to employment & gaps in transportation
  • Providing a diversity of housing types & options
  • Matching skill sets to employment & business opportunities

RECENT UPDATES

Updated March 15, 2014

On May 22nd, 2013, officials from a variety of state offices were given a tour of the corridor project area. Representatives from offices such as the Department of Transportation, the Department of Community Affairs, the Department of Environmental Protection and others were given a presentation of the project and then guided around the area to see first-hand the opportunities available. Stops on the tour included a site of a future community park, empty lots suitable for infill development, and neighborhoods that could benefit from an improved transit shuttle service. Officials also made a stop at the existing train station to see the many opportunities for sustainable growth and development within walking distance.

On Tuesday, February 18, Frank Ricks of Looney Ricks Kiss flew into Asbury Park to share some of his experience with developing music-based community centers and museums in Memphis. An article on this talk is available here.

The project final report has been released and is available at the top of this page.

PROJECT TEAM AND CONTRIBUTORS

  • NJ TRANSIT
  • Loony Ricks Kiss
  • VHB
  • 4ward Planning
  • Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce
  • Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce
  • Brookdale Community College
  • Monmouth Arts Council
  • Arts Coalition of Asbury Park
  • Asbury Park Music Heritage Museum
  • Meadowlink

Download project description flyer.
Download a map of the project area here.
View a presentation by Mayor Engelstad on Connecting Community Corridors from the 2013 New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum
Read the project Executive Summary (PDF)

  • Study Area
    The Study Area encompasses regional corridors such as the parallel Main Street and Memorial Drive north-south dual system, several key east-west gateway corridors into the beach communities, Springwood Avenue, and several select opportunity sites clustered around the Asbury Park and Bradley Beach stations on the North Jersey Coast Rail Line.
  • "Dot-mocracy" Community Meeting
    Attendees were asked to place color dots on aerial photos of the Study Area to provide information on where they lived and worked, locations of traffic and pedestrian “hot spots”, places liked and disliked. The “Most and Least Liked Places” map indicates green dots for places that attendees liked and red dots for places they did not like, indicating a variety of responses which are starting to now generate some design solutions.
  • Before embarking on the walking tour, state officials are briefed on the locations they will be visiting.
  • State officials tour the neighborhood
  • State officials stop to see the location of the future Springwood Park
  • State officials visit the site of potential future infill development