Implementing Comprehensive Planning – Crescent Park

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How do you implement brownfield redevelopment, transit-oriented design and resiliency planning? The easy answer is comprehensive planning. The long answer is implementing complex planning strategies to address a variety of planning issues with input from key stakeholders and experts throughout all phases of the planning process. The plan for Crescent Park redevelopment project incorporates a large-scale redevelopment including approximately 2,000 residential units, 50,000 square feet of retail space, extension of the existing street grid with complete street improvements, a CSO outfall extension with the option for a 5 million gallon CSO overflow tank, and a 3-acre, resilient park with a tidal marsh. This panel will discuss the project goals and implementation strategies of the Crescent Park redevelopment project and will discuss how the project team, worked with diverse stakeholders to develop a multifaceted, yet feasible plan for the project site.

About the Speakers

Charles Heydt, PP AICP
Charles Heydt, PP, AICP, is a land use/environmental planner with Langan Engineering. Charles’ work at Langan consists of land use consulting services, including the preparation of environmental impact statements, fiscal impact statements, development feasibility studies, redevelopment plans, sustainability plans, federal and state permit applications, and testimony as a professional planner before municipal planning and zoning boards. Of the most notable projects to date, Charles was involved with the transformational redevelopment projects in Jersey City, One Journal Square and 30 Journal Square. Charles also enjoys being an active member of the APA and APA-NJ chapter since 2008 and currently serves as the APA-NJ Emerging Professionals chair.

Edward Kolling
Mr. Kolling is a principal with the firm of Dresdner Robin, and the Director for Planning Services. He has over 40 years of experience in the field of Planning with an emphasis on Redevelopment and Land Use planning. Throughout his career, Mr. Kolling has demonstrated extensive skill and experience as a planner and design professional. His experience includes project coordination; preparation of Area in Need of Redevelopment reports, Redevelopment Plans, development applications; testimony and presentations to Planning Boards and Boards of Adjustment throughout the State; design of parks, plazas and streetscapes; site plan review; development of land use regulations; and studies and site plans for both large and small site specific developments. Mr. Kolling has extensive and varied experience in the fields of Redevelopment, Economic Development, and Urban Planning and has been accepted as an expert in Planning in New Jersey Superior Court. His public sector experience includes the position of Executive Director of the Elizabeth Development Company, a non-profit economic development corporation in the City of Elizabeth. Prior to this Mr. Kolling served as Planning Director in the City of Jersey City, N.J. in the early 1980’s. In the private sector, Mr. Kolling served as Vice-President for Planning and Landscape Architecture with the Fellows Read Organization based in Toms River, N.J. and later was a principal in his own consulting firm before joining Dresdner Robin. In his current position with Dresdner Robin, Mr. Kolling continues to specialize in the areas of Urban & Community Planning and Design, Smart Growth & Transit Oriented Development, Redevelopment Planning and Economic Development. Mr. Kolling is a Licensed Professional Planner and a Licensed Landscape Architect in the State of New Jersey, and a member of the American Institute of Certified Planners.

Jay Valgora
Jay Valgora, AIA, AICP, LEED AP, is founder and principal of STUDIO V Architecture. He has extensive experience in multiple disciplines including architecture, urban design, and interior design. Valgora is one of the foremost urbanists in New York City consulting private and public clients on transit oriented developments, adaptive reuse, waterfront master plans, and re-zoning in all five boroughs, and the tri-state area. He has earned major commissions in a range of project types from 30,000 to 1.7 million square feet including redevelopments of several sites in Jersey City, Staten Island, Brooklyn and Queens. He recently completed the Empire Stores complex in Brooklyn Bridge Park and won multiple awards for his pro-bono work on Maker Park in the Bushwick Inlet.

Ben Delisle
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Jeff Reeves
Jeffrey Reeves is a Senior Project Manager with Dresdner Robin and has over 30 years of experience in the field of civil engineering with an emphasis on land development and transportation design. He is licensed as a Professional Engineer (PE) in New Jersey, and a member of ASCE and ASHE. His experience includes the preparation of commercial site plans and major subdivisions presented before many municipal Planning Boards and Zoning Boards of Adjustment throughout the state; design experience includes local roadway design, highway design, preparation of right-of-way acquisition plans, stormwater management designs, roadway interchange design, civil engineering design concepts, general civil specifications, regulatory permits and utility relocation plans. Additionally, he has designed major transit facilities, including park-and-ride commuter lots and train storage yards, and was Lead Civil Engineer for several design-unit sections of the Hudson Bergen Light Rail Transit System. His public-sector experience includes time as the Assistant City Engineer for Jersey City, where he was responsible for managing the engineering staff and project managers for city-wide projects, as well as reviewing all City site plan submissions. Presently, Mr. Reeves is an active full member of the Edison Zoning Board of Adjustment.