Menendez, Booker, Norcross Tour Camden Neighborhood Poised for Major Redevelopment

Menendez, Booker, Norcross Tour Camden Neighborhood Poised for Major Redevelopment

City awarded $16.2M federal grant to improve Camden’s infrastructure, spur economic growth

CAMDEN, NJ – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, and Congressman Donald Norcross today visited the Camden neighborhood slated for major redevelopment, thanks in part to a $16.2 million federal investment in the city’s revitalization efforts. 

“Mayor Redd and the City of Camden put together an outstanding project—one that takes modern transportation design principles and applies them in a way that makes sense for the local community.  The work Camden is doing will also provide a significant economic boost for the area.  Having a safe, walkable community helps spur economic development and allows local businesses to attract more customers,” said Sen. Menendez.  “I was proud to advocate for this project alongside my colleagues, Sen. Booker and Congressman Norcross, and even prouder to be standing here today celebrating Camden’s success.”

“These federal funds couldn’t come at a better time as Camden continues to experience growth, attract new businesses and families, and become a prominent New Jersey destination,” said Sen. Booker.  “In order to provide cities like Camden a path toward continued resurgence, we need to make adequate investments in our crumbling infrastructure that will create jobs and keep our region’s economy moving forward.”

“Camden’s ongoing revitalization requires a reliable infrastructure network to serve as the foundation for the city today and beyond.  I’m proud to have supported this federal grant, and as the project unfolds we can look forward to the benefits and opportunities it will bring for the city’s residents, employers, and education providers,” said Rep. Norcross.

In July, the federal lawmakers announced the awarding of a $16.2 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) to launch the Camden Connections for the Future Project that will upgrade Camden’s aging infrastructure, spur economic development and enhance the quality of life for residents.

Sens. Menendez and Booker and Rep. Norcross stood together in the shadow of the Ben Franklin Bridge with Mayor Dana Redd and other city officials as they toured a ripped-up North Camden block in need of repair.

"This TIGER award helps our residents' connect to economic opportunity, and provides Camden's expanding workforce with safer, more efficient, sustainable multi-modal travel options,” said Mayor Redd.  “It also helps Camden build upon other recent achievements, including our federal Promise Zone designation and the $1 billion Liberty Property Trust investment.  These advancements are laying the foundation for a first-class city, a place of choice for residents and businesses old and new.”

The Camden Connections for the Future Project will reconstruct a network of streets covering approximately two miles north of the Ben Franklin Bridge, integrating complete and green street concepts.  Phase 1 will improve the 7th St. gateway connecting the bridge and North Camden neighborhood with downtown Camden.  Phase 2 will focus on road improvements to Cooper Poynt, upgrading vehicular, pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure, while Phase 3 will improve traffic flow along Cooper St., the main artery running through downtown Camden.

In May, Sens. Menendez and Booker wrote the Secretary of Transportation in support of Camden’s TIGER application.  The City of Camden has been designated a federal Promise Zone and, last year, received a $1 billion federal investment in its waterfront.

The TIGER program continues to experience high demand, receiving $9.3 billion this year in applications nationwide for just $500 million in program funds.