Redevelopment

Redevelopment

Planning for the next 125 years of Hopewell Borough's downtown.

Redevelopment in New Jersey is a process under NJSA 41:12A-1 that provides a set of tools for the planning and improvement of land that meets certain criteria. Hopewell Borough in 2015 initiated the redevelopment of three specific parts of town in anticipation of a public process to vision, plan and ultimately provide for the redevelopment of the three areas. Following prescribed open and public processes at each stage, the Borough Council and Planning Board envision redevelopment projects that have uses, and level of quality and upkeep that our community expects and deserves, which are in keeping with our town’s master plan. 

This page will be updated regularly as the Redevelopment process in Hopewell Borough moves ahead and is intended to be a “one stop” location for information on the process and the projects once available. Here you will find documents on all three areas as they are available, as well as an explanation of the process. 

Redevelopment Designation and Process

Following an initial referral from Borough Council in October 2015, and public hearings before the Planning Board, Hopewell Borough has designated three different areas as “non condemnation” areas in need of redevelopment. The report adopted by the Planning Board and Borough Council can be downloaded below. Following the designation, the Borough can adopt a redevelopment plan for each area. Once approved (both at a meeting of the Planning Board and by Ordinance with public hearing by the Borough Council), the redevelopment plan acts as the updated zoning requirements for the area. Following adoption of the plan, the property owner or owners in the area can apply to be designated by the town as the redeveloper (which the governing body approving a redeveloper agreement by ordinance after a public hearing) and then apply for site plan and historic approval before the town’s Planning Board and Historic Preservation Commission, and following all required notices under the Municipal Land Use Law (newspaper and mailing to neighbors within 200 feet) present an additional opportunity for public input, comment and collaboration.  Documents on each of the three redevelopment areas, as well as information on where each one is in the redevelopment process can be found here on this page. 

57 Hamilton Avenue ("Hopewell 57/Service Area") Redevelopment - Area A

The Hopewell 57/Service Area properties do not currently have a redevelopment plan.  Documents on the process for developing and approving a plan will be posted here for public inspection, along with the schedule for hearings public outreach and public participation. 

Block 12, Lots 3-8, 8.01, Block 17 Lots 3.01,-3.03, Block 18 Lots 1, 4-15 and 26 on the Borough Tax Map

Project Documents

Documents on the project, once available, will be posted here. 

News Articles on Project 

Relevant news articles will be posted here once available. 

Public Hearings and Meetings

Once the redevelopment plan process has begun, or a site plan and/or application for historic approval has been posted, information on the applications, hearing and any public meetings will be posted here. 

71 East Broad Street ("Castoro's") Redevelopment - Area B

The 71 East Broad Street property does not currently have a redevelopment plan.  Documents on the process for developing and approving a plan will be posted here for public inspection, along with the schedule for hearings public outreach and public participation. 

Block 31, Lots 1, 2 and 19 on the Borough Tax Map

Project Documents

Documents on the project, once available, will be posted here. 

News Articles on Project 

Relevant news articles will be posted here once available. 

Public Hearings and Meetings

Once the redevelopment plan process has begun, or a site plan and/or application for historic approval has been posted, information on the applications, hearing and any public meetings will be posted here. 

24 Model Avenue ("Lumber Yard)" Redevelopment - Area C

The Lumber Yard property has a redevelopment plan that was adopted by the Borough Council in 2018 to allow for 13 market-rate and affordable attached housing units, with townhouses along Model Avenue.  The property owner has yet to seek site plan or historic preservation commission approval or to be officially designated as the redeveloper of the property. 

Block 11, Lot 26 on the Borough Tax Map

Project Documents

News Articles on Project 

June 2018 – MercerMe.com

August 2018 – Hopewell Valley News 

September 2018 – Hopewell Valley News

Public Hearings and Meetings

Once a site plan and/or application for historic approval has been posted, information on the applications, hearing and any public meetings will be posted here. 

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