Experts to Discuss Urban Planning, Future Growth in New Jersey

NUTLEY, N.J., Feb. 2, 2018 – A Suburban Revitalization Forum will be presented by Prism Capital Partners and ON3 on March 5 and 8 at 6:30 p.m. on the ON3 campus, in the auditorium of Building 200 on Metro Boulevard, 340 Kingsland Street, Nutley, N.J. The two-part series will feature nationally recognized speakers who will examine trends in urban planning and future growth as New Jersey’s suburbs evolve. The event is open to local residents, township officials and stakeholders. A limited number of tickets are available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Visit to register for the free event series.

Part one of the event will feature Dr. James W. Hughes, University Professor and former Dean of the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. On March 5, Hughes will discuss the economic challenges and demographic changes underway in New Jersey in a presentation titled, “Where People are Choosing to Live Work and Play in New Jersey Now.”

Hughes is Director of the “Rutgers Regional Report”, which has produced over 40 major economic, demographic, and real estate studies on New Jersey and the broader metropolitan region.

Part two of the series will feature Ellen Dunham-Jones, Professor and Director of the Urban Design Program at Georgia Tech. On March 8, Dunham-Jones will talk about solutions of mixed-use community cases in a presentation titled, “The Big Design and Development Project of the Next 50 Years.” She will examine the importance, practicality and success of suburban retrofit and redevelopment as an opportunity to create more sustainable places to redirect growth into existing communities that could use a boost.

Dunham-Jones is a leading authority of suburban redevelopment and teaches Theories of Urban Design, Retrofitting Suburbia and Urban Design Studios. She has authored over 60 articles linking contemporary theory and practice. She is co-author with June Williamson of Retrofitting Suburbia: Urban Design Solutions for Redesigning Suburbs, (Wiley, 2009, 2011).

The ON3 redevelopment represents New Jersey’s next generation lifestyle hub. It is positioned to set a benchmark in Walking Urbanism. It promises a world-class, mixed-use setting integrating office and R&D facilities, recreational, hospitality and wellness options as well as all other uses that will comprise the 24/7 environment. The mixed-use project will transform the former Hoffmann-La Roche Inc. North American Headquarters campus. The 116-acre site is strategically located on Route 3, sandwiched between the Garden State Parkway and the NJ Turnpike just nine miles from the Lincoln Tunnel.

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