LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza will participate on panel discussions on Friday, March 8, at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum. Constantine’s panel, “Density that Doesn’t Look Dense: Meeting the Surging Demand for In-Town Housing,” will explore how “Missing Middle” housing can accommodate the demand for housing needs in communities that already feel too dense to build. Cosenza’s session, “Preparing your Community for Redevelopment,” will discuss how municipalities can take steps to develop and create a vision for more attractive communities.
Princeton Planning Board Recommends Redevelopment Zone Designation for Some Seminary Properties Based on LRK Study
Planet Princeton – The Princeton Planning Board voted unanimously to recommend to the Princeton governing body that a portion of Princeton theological Seminary’s campus be designation as an area in need of development. LRK’s Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza, who serve as borough planners, conducted a study to determining whether to New Jersey redevelopment statute could be applied to the seminary’s Tennant-Roberts campus on Stockton Street and the Erdman Center on Library Place. Constantine and Cosenza concluded that the redevelopment statute is appropriate for the seminary properties, and advised the planning board to recommend to the Princeton Council that they approve the use of the redevelopment statute for the properties. Read more.
Jim Constantine Named Chair of Northern NJ Creative Placemaking Committee; Speaking at National Conference at Drew University
Jim Constantine, PP, Principal at Looney Ricks Kiss (LRK), a nationally-recognized full-service architectural, planning and interior design firm, has been named by the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Northern New Jersey District Council as Chair of its new Creative Placemaking Committee. Read more.
One of the most challenging issues facing many desirable older communities is how to make new infill housing “fit” within established neighborhoods. LRK's Jim Constantine will present and moderate a panel on the subject for the upcoming New Jersey Planning Conference on January 25-26, sponsored by the American Planning Association of New Jersey and Rutgers University’s Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy. Read more.
LRK's Jim Constantine Discusses the History and Evolution of Metuchen's Revitalization at Prestigious Lecture Series
LRK Principal Jim Constantine presented the history and evolution of Metuchen, NJ at Rutgers University's Bloustein School 2017 Isadore Candeub Memorial Lecture in Planning. The lecture discussed how a small New Jersey town accomplished a remarkable revitalization effort between 1967 and 2017. LRK has proudly served as town planner for the borough for more than 20 years. Read more.
LRK's Jim Constantine, along with Isaac Kremer, Executive Director of Downtown Metuchen, NJ, presented a session on tactical urbanism this morning at the International Downtown Association's 63rd Annual Conference & Tradeshow. The session, "Mastering the Art of Bringing Low-Cost Rapid Change to Downtown," discussed the international trends being used to test out ideas before making large capital investments including guerrilla wayfinding, parkletts, and mobile vendors.
New Jersey Future - LRK's Jim Constantine was recently a panelist at New Jersey Future's 2017 Redevelopment Forum where breakout sessions focused on redefining the suburbs to adapt to changing demographic realities. Jim suggested that a good strategy for New Jersey to attract Millennials, who gravitate toward walkable urbanism, is to focus on the boroughs, which possess similar assets to bigger cities – a mix of housing types, a traditional downtown within walking distance of residential neighborhoods, a grid street network. Read more.
Best in American Living - The "Going Green" section of the spring issue of NAHB's Best in American Living e-magazine features an article entitled “Creating Community Identity,” written by Jim Constantine. The article discusses how designing neighborhood parks and open spaces can help create a sense of place, enhance livability, and raise property values. Photos of multiple LRK projects are featured. Read more.