Millville Officials Attend Neighborhood Preservation Program Orientation

The fountain found at Glasstown Plaza on High and Sassafras Streets will be replaced and renovated with a community checkerboard. Photo credit: Kevin Howard

MILLVILLE, N.J. — The City of Millville was recently awarded a $125,000 Neighborhood Preservation Program grant, that will strengthen the economic vitality of the downtown district and Center City neighborhood.

Officials from Millville went to an orientation held by the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs in Trenton with representatives from 20 other municipalities from the state. The workshop showed officials the goals and objectives of the program, steps to implement the program, and more.

Millville looks to partner with current Main Street recipients, the Millville Development Corporation (MDC), to use more public spaces, drive redevelopment and bring in more private investment. Initial MDC projects include a new musically themed mini-mural at the “tunnel” at 19 N. High and a recently awarded contract to replace the fountain at the Plaza with a community checkerboard.

Local non-profit, Holly City Development Corporation (HCDC) has been named the coordinator and community development partner to help in the neighborhood planning process and implementation. The NPP dovetails with HCDC’s neighborhood planning efforts through the Wells Fargo Regional Foundation.

The Neighborhood Preservation Program grant funding is part of an effort from the Murphy Administration to commit more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects.