Topic: New Jersey

Jim Constantine and Chris Cosenza to Present on Panels at the New Jersey Future Redevelopment Forum

Posted by Admin on February 27th, 2019

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.

Jim Constantine Named Chair of Northern NJ Creative Placemaking Committee; Speaking at National Conference at Drew University

Posted on April 23rd, 2018

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.

Jim Constantine to Present Program at Upcoming New Jersey Planning Conference

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on January 17th, 2018

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

Posted by Katherine Martin on November 28th, 2017

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

Forum Roundup: Reimagining the Suburbs

Posted by Admin on April 6th, 2017

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.

See Developer's Big Plans for Long-Vacant Rug Mill

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on January 26th, 2016 - More details are unveiled about the redevelopment of the eight-acre industrial site, once home to the Hightstown Rug Company. Vacant since 1987, plans for the building include a mix of residential, retail, and public space with connections to Main Street and the recently proposed downtown lakefront plan. Read more

Hackensack Council Approves Redevelopment Plan for Former Site of Record

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 20th, 2015 - A redevelopment plan has been approved for a 19.7-acre waterfront site in Hackensack, New Jersey. The plan includes 700 residential units, commercial space, a hotel, public amenities, and a river walk with access to the Hackensack River. LRK is providing planning services. Read more.

Work Begins on Metuchen’s Pearl Street Redevelopment

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 13th, 2015 - Work on the Pearl Street redevelopment is underway in downtown Metuchen. The project will transform one of the Borough’s surface parking lots into a mixed-use project with residential, commercial, public space, and a parking garage. Located one block from Main Street, the redevelopment is also easily accessible from the Metuchen Station. LRK services included preparing the vision plan and master plan; public space framework including the performance standards for the “shared space” concept surrounding the town square; urban design, architectural and landscape design standards; zoning; and design review. Read more.

New Vision Could Transform Hightstown's Waterfront

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 7th, 2015 - Additional details are unveiled about the LRK vision plan for Hightstown's downtown and waterfront. Read more.

Hightstown: A New Vision For The Lakefront

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on October 5th, 2015 - LRK recently helped facilitate a public input process and developed a vision plan for Downtown Hightstown. The aim of the plan is to create an active waterfront promenade that is unique to the region with retail, restaurants, and plenty of open space for entertainment and public activities. Read more.

Sharing a Vision

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on August 7th, 2015 - This article discusses Hightstown's vision plan for revitalizing its downtown and lakeside and includes comments from LRK's Jim Constantine on facilitating a successful public visioning process.  Read more.

Hightstown Downtown Waterfront Experience

Posted by Beth Van Der Jagt on May 5th, 2015

Downtown Hightstown is hosting a brainstorming session on ways to create a "downtown waterfront experience" unique to the region. The workshop on May 26 will discuss ideas for creating a more walkable community, better uses for underutilized properties, and integrating Peddie Lake into the new plan. LRK is currently providing planning services to Downtown Hightstown and will be coordinating the community meetings. Read more.