Brownfield: (brounˌfēld) A property where redevelopment or reuse is complicated because of actual or perceived environmental contamination.
We all know the properties. They may be old demolished factories, abandoned warehouses, former gas stations, or closed dry cleaners. These properties make redevelopment difficult and may pose threats to environmental and community health. There are several brownfields in East Trenton as a result of its rich history as a center of manufacturing. The good news is that the East Trenton Collaborative (ETC) is working to identify, clean up, and redevelop these properties as community assets.
Over the course of 2018, ETC partners, working with the City of Trenton, will investigate the location, condition, and reuse potential of brownfields in East Trenton. We’ll need your help to determine the best future for these properties, with a particular focus on the historic Freight Yards & Powerhouse building off of North Olden Ave and the recently cleared site at 104 Taylor St.
We will be updating the ETC website, posting informational posters at the East Trenton Center, and discussing this initiative every month at the ETC community meeting and at other events. If you have any questions or would like to get involved, please contact:
Elena Sauceda-Peeples (ETC Community Organizer)
email@example.com | (609) 551-5541
Zenon Tech-Czarny (Isles Project Manager)
firstname.lastname@example.org | (609) 341-4770
This work is made possible by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Brownfield Area-Wide Planning Program.
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Progress & Updates
11/12/18 - We are currently in the process of the developing reuse concepts for the strategic brownfield areas, neighborhood planning recommendations and implementation strategies. We will provide an update at the next ETC Community meeting December 8th. Stay tuned!
10/25/18 - In October, we had two Brownfield Tours and two Community Design Workshops. To see the flyer click here. For the tours, we visited the key strategic brownfield areas. For the community design workshops, members of the community worked with design and planning professionals to develop reuse concepts. To see pictures from the events and some of the reuse concepts developed click here.
9/24/18 - At the end of August and beginning of September we focused on our prioritized brownfield areas and held on-site meetings at key brownfield areas with residents. Click here to see the flyer and click here to see some pictures of the meetings. On September 22nd we presented about the research and our meetings at the ETC Community Meeting. To see the presentation click here.
8/20/18 - In the beginning of August we had a number of educational and engagement activities with youth in the neighborhood. We developed a brownfields game and did a design workshop with kids from the Urban Promise Summer Camp and the Civic Engagement Program. Click here to see pictures from the activities.
7/28/18 - On July 27th we presented about the existing conditions of the East Trenton neighborhood and our prioritized brownfield areas at the ETC Community Meeting. To view the presentation click here.
6/24/18 - On June 23rd we presented about previous planning for East Trenton at the ETC Community Meeting and shared a poster. To see the presentation click here. To see the poster click here. We also asked people to select their top six planning priorities. If you would still like to pick your top priorities visit our online Planning Priorities Exercise.
5/20/18 - On May 19th we presented about East Trenton's History at the ETC Community Meeting and shared a poster. To see the presentation click here. To see the poster click here. We also ask for residents' memories of East Trenton with our Memory Box. If you would like to still share a memory, submit one in our Online Memory Box.
4/28/18 - On April 28th we participated in the ETC Spring Kickoff. We opened up 104 Taylor and had Isles' mobile recreation truck and the Trenton Circus Squad there. We also had information about the Brownfields Initiative and various activities such as the Memory Box and the Planning Priorities dot exercise.
2/25/18 - On February 24th, we spoke more about what Brownfields are and where they are in East Trenton. We also shared our second poster: Brownfields in East Trenton.
1/28/18 - On January 26th, we introduced the East Trenton Brownfields Initiative at the East Trenton Collaborative Community Meeting and shared our first informational poster: A Focus on Brownfields in East Trenton.