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Historic Preservation:
A Catalyst for Growth
Friday, April 4, 2003
Trenton, New Jersey

Sponsored by: NJ DEP, HPO and Preservation New Jersey

The 2003 Historic Preservation Conference engaged, informed, and entertained over 300 attendees at the day long event in Trenton. Keynote speaker Anthony M. Tung, author of "Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis," provided an international perspective on urban preservation and offered examples of how some cities have reversed the"20th century... culture of destruction." (See news article from The Times, Trenton)

Following Mr. Tung's presentation, Preservation New Jersey moderated a panel session of top level cabinet officials highlighting the role of historic preservation in New Jersey's future. Participants included Assemblyman Reed Gusciora, Commissioner Brad Campbell, NJ DEP, Commissioner Susan Bass Levin, NJ DCA, and Deputy Commissioner Jim Snyder, NJ DOT.

Afternoon sessions explored a variety of strategies for integrating preservation and community revitalization, including a bus tour of Trenton's revitalization successes. Preservation New Jersey's reception in the Masonic Temple was a fitting close to an eventful day, where Susan West Montgomery, executive director of Preservation Action, stressed the need for all preservationists to work towards full restoration of cuts to the federal Historic Preservation Fund.

 

 
Conference Schedule
8:00 - 9:00

Registration & Coffee
State Museum Auditorium, West State Street, Trenton

9:00 - 9:30
Welcome
9:30 - 10:30
Keynote Address: Anthony M. Tung
Author of Preserving the World's Great Cities: The Destruction and Renewal of the Historic Metropolis
10:30 - 10:45
Break & Book Signing
10:45 -12:15

Panel Session: Historic Preservation: A Catalyst for Growth
Top state officials from Governor McGreevey’s administration have been invited to participate in a panel session exploring New Jersey’s new Smart Growth Initiative and its impact on historic preservation. The Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Community Affairs and the Department of Transportation incorporate historic preservation into many aspects of their agency goals. Learn from the state’s top officials how preserving our historic and archaeological resources is a key concern for New Jersey’s future. Session moderated by Preservation New Jersey.

12:15 - 1:45
Boxed Lunch

12:30 - 1:45

Tour: Trenton's Revitalization Successes & Opportunities (Optional - Space Limited)
This unique bus tour of historic Trenton will focus on the revitalization success experienced in Mill HIll, Warren Street and Sovereign Arena areas. The guided Tour will discuss and illustrate future investment opportunities and initiatives currently underway to enhance the economic vitality of the Capital City, while preserving the vestigs of its prominent past. Seating is limited - please register in advance.
Coordinated by Preservation New Jersey
2:00 - 3:30
Creating a National Heritage Area…. The Crossroads of the American Revolution
New Jersey has embarked upon a truly innovative initiative that will revolutionize the way we preserve and interpret our past. Throughout the country, National Heritage Areas have enhanced the protection and promotion of historic and natural resources and spearheaded economic development. New Jersey is on the cusp of securing its federal designation. Noted scholar, Mark Lender of Kean University, will moderate a panel session on creating a heritage area beginning with the broad intent of the federal program and moving to the specific opportunities before us in New Jersey. The session will also highlight the opportunities and challenges that are specific to incorporating urban and densely developed areas into heritage tourism. Invited speakers include Brenda Barrett from the National Park Service, Dennis Davidson, formerly of the Green Acres Program, and Michael Creasey, Executive Director, John H. Chafee Blackstone River Valley National Heritage Corridor Commission.
Coordinated by: The Crossroads of the American Revolution Association.
2:00 - 3:30

Concurrent Sessions
Thomas Edison State College

Track 1
Urban Focus: Challenges & Opportunites: New Jersey's urban areas are experiencing serious challenges toward reaching economic stability and quality of life. This track will focus on the demographic changes confronting our state as well as to explore the economic issues and advantages to rehabilitating our existing urban fabric. You will hear from experts who share appreciation for older communities and commercial downtowns and learn about specific strategies and techniques for revitalizing our most significant and lively places.
Session: Changing Faces of Our Communities
Preservation of our historic urban areas poses the greatest challenge for New Jersey's re-development. As the state boasting the highest and most diverse immigrant population, reaching out to non-English speaking people and awakening pride of place requires strategies and techniques that differ from traditional methods. Many of our urban areas lack even minimal preservation protections and in fact, have not completed the basic resource inventory necessary for implementing community preservation strategies. Our panelists share their expertise and strategies on incorporating the changing faces in our communities into planning and decision making. Moderator: Maria E. Cerda-Morena, RA, National Trust Advisor. Panelists: Laura Hanses, Co-Director for Place Matters, Michelle Doran McBean, President and CEO of Future City, Inc., Penny Pollock-Barnes, Program Coordinator for PNJ's new Urban Initiative.
Track 2
By Road or Rail - Developing Community Centers: Hop on board as this track takes you both on and off the rail to discover new routes to building a better community through transportation. Listen to NJ Transit's ground breaking programs to integrate railroad stations and transit infrastructure into existing planning, explore methods to promote responsible and sensitive growth around transit hubs, and hear success stories of past rehabilitations and re-use of historic railroad station projects. Off rail, discover how to make your streetscape design compatible with your community, hear about NJDOT's Context Sensitive design program, and learn about NJDOT's new visual preference survey program.

Session: Building Better Communities with Transit
This session will cover topics of particular interest to municipal planners, developers, and urban historic preservation advocates who are faced with embracing and utilizing public transit infrastructure in their historic community. Vivian E. Baker will discuss the Transit-Friendly Communities for New Jersey program; a pilot community planning assistance program which assisted eleven competitively selected municipalities through urban design, transportation planning, downtown revitalization, community outreach and "smart growth" advocacy. Monica Etz will discuss how the Transit Villages Initiative program brings together key state agencies in support of local efforts to "grow smart" and reinforce the principles of the State Development & Redevelopment Plan. Allen Kratz will exhibit case studies that highlight how the rehabilitations and re-uses of several historic railroad related buildings have brought them back into the communities' lives. Moderator: Steven Jurow, Senior Director, Environmental Services, NJ Transit. Panelists: Vivian E. Baker, Principal Planner, NJ Transit Department of Project Planning; Monica Etz, Project Manager, NJDOT Bureau of Statewide Planning; Allen Kratz, Project Manager, Real Estate Department, NJ Transit.

Track 3
Missing Links in Historic Community Revitalization: The aesthetic as well as the essence of many historic communities in New Jersey and across the nation are experiencing dramatic changes. Inappropriate zoning, land use regulation, economics, government policy, and cultural perceptions are bringing on many of these changes. This track will explore the changes that are taking place, the factors causing these changes, and the tactics that can facilitate meaningful redevelopment while preserving our historic places.
Session: The American Dream in the 21st Century: Preserving the Historic Character of Our Communities
The National Trust for Historic Preservation has alerted the preservation community and the general public to the relatively recent epidemic of the demolition of homes in historic districts throughout the nation to make room for "Super-sized" housing. In addition, the character of New Jersey's Main Streets is being threatened by big box retail and incompatible new development. This session will explore these issues with particular focus on small towns and inner ring suburbs and discuss tools that can be used to stop these dangerous trends. Moderator: Jef Bueller, New Jersey Main Street Program. Panelists: Adrian Scott Fine, National Trust for Historic Preservation; Kevin Tremble, Tenafly Historic Preservation Commission; Margaret Ingersoll, Moorestown Historical Society.
3:30 - 3:45
Break
3:45 - 5:15
Concurrent Sessions
Thomas Edison State College
Track 1
Urban Focus: Challenges & Opportunites
Session: Urban Revitalization: The Market for Preservation
This session will focus on economic issues, real estate and financial incentives impacting historic rehabilitation and revitalization efforts in urban New Jersey. It will cover historic preservation as it relates to planning and economic development and financial tools such as the proposed State rehabilitation tax credit and the potential benefits of this tool as an added preservation incentive. Finally, this session will look at several historic rehabilitation case studies in Paterson and the impact that these projects will have on revitalization efforts. Moderator: Kurt Leasure, NJHPO. Panelists: Ken Bowers, Phillips Preiss Shapiro Associates, Inc.; Donald M. Scarry, New Jersey Economics; Elise Quasebarth & Kate Lemos, Higgins & Quasebarth.
Track 2
By Road or Rail - Developing Community Centers
Session: Creating a Sense of Place through Road Projects - Not an Oxymoron!
Three expert speakers will provide useful information on how to create a better community through transportation. Jeff Grob will be addressing building a better community through TEA-21 funded programs and how the full potential of this program to truly enhance the community has rarely been achieved. Miriam Crum will discuss Context Sensitive Design, and NJDOT's commitment to construct projects that serve the community as a whole. Michael King will illuminate NJDOT's visual preference survey program, with particular attention paid to such issues in historic communities. Moderator: Steve Hardegen, NJHPO. Panelists: Jeff Grob, Vollmer & Associates; Miriam Crum, NJDOT Project Manager; Michael King, Michael King Architect.
Track 3
Missing Links in Historic Community Revitalization
Session:
From Main Street to Plain Street
This session will examine issues surrounding revitalization in urban communities. These issues include the effects of the demolition of historic buildings in urban areas, the effects of public policy on community revitalization, grassroots efforts to preserve community character, and useful tools in neighborhood preservation. Moderator: Peter Kasabach, New Jersey HMFA and the Trenton Preservation Committee. Panelists: Chris Auth, Heart of Camden; and Laura Swartz, Isles, Inc.
5:15
Closing Reception & Exhibits
Masonic Temple, Barrack Street

 

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