The Superior Court of New Jersey
Appellate Division affirmed the lower court’s ruling in favor of the Bloomfield
Parking Authority, Bloomfield’s Planning Board and Bloomfield Center Urban
Renewal with regard to the redevelopment in downtown Bloomfield, the Bloomfield
Parking Authority announced.
Bloomfield officials were unanimous in their positive assessments of the project.
“This redevelopment project will attract new people to our downtown, people and businesses who can help Bloomfield by creating jobs and spending money in our local economy,” Bloomfield Mayor Raymond McCarthy said in the announcement.
Bloomfield Councilman Nicholas Joanaw told Patch the redevelopment of the downtown business district is critical to Bloomfield’s future.
“With the residential/ retail component, it will revitalize this area and have a very positive impact on the types of businesses which will be attracted to Bloomfield Avenue,” Joanaw said. “With the train station serving as the anchor, we are populating Bloomfield with consumers who will require many services which will require a wide variety of businesses to best service their needs.”
Councilman Michael Venezia said the decision by the appellate court removed the last roadblock to the Bloomfield Center redevelopment.
“The Bloomfield Renaissance can finally forge ahead, making it a true transit-oriented development and a shopping destination for residents,” Venezia told Patch.