February 6, 2006

Developers Spending ‘Billions’ on Walkable N.J. Neighborhoods

"Thousands of commuters and empty nesters will soon be able to buy into [a] pedestrian-friendly lifestyle as builders spend billions on massive mixed-use projects from the Hudson River Gold Coast to the Meadowlands and beyond," according to NorthJersey.com.

"Most people don't want to drive to the store for milk or travel 20 minutes for a newspaper. People want life around them," said Ralph Zucker, president of Somerset Development, which is backing a 2,500-resident plan in Wood-Ridge, told the site. "The basic concept of a walkable community, and having friends and neighbors and needs and services around you, is coming back because it's logical."

Many of the communities are being designed so residents can walk to shops, recreation and mass transit. "At the Jersey Shore, for example, developers are putting final touches on the 15-acre Pier Village in Long Branch. The project includes 420 apartments along the ocean, 100,000 square feet of commercial space and an upscale business area, which has boutiques, restaurants and a small outdoor skating rink."

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