December 13, 2004

Walker-Friendly Mixed-Use Development Under Way in N.J.

The 230-acre Chrin Commerce Centre, "years in the making ... is set to launch in Tatamy and Palmer Township early next year," according to the Express-Times.

The mixed-use development will include a business park with light industry in one corner, a town center with more industry and office space, and a village with shopping and "loft apartments."

"The concept brings buildings closer to the streets, which are narrower than in most new developments, and creates a pedestrian-friendly neighborhood with trees on both sides of the sidewalks and designated bicycle lanes on the roads, [developer Craig Weintraub] said," the article explains. "Community continuity is the goal, with the streets and sidewalks tying into existing road patterns."

There, local officials support such ideas.

"Tatamy Planning Commission Chairman Anthony Jaskowiec said he likes that the design allows people to stay in the community to do things, such as shop. 'We like the concept of a walker-friendly community where people can get out and become part of the community,' he said," the Times-Express reports.

Ah, if only...

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