The Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) began with the passage of the “Maintenance of Viable Neighborhoods Act” in 1975. This legislation established a program of grants to encourage and promote the social and economic strengthening and development of neighborhoods. It was envisioned that this would be achieved through the cooperative, concentrated efforts of residents, local lending institutions, businesses, municipal governments and the State of New Jersey. The Neighborhood Preservation Program takes a comprehensive approach to neighborhood development, which affords municipalities flexible and creative options. This comprehensive cooperative approach promotes a unified effort that has proven to be a successful strategy.
The New Jersey Department of Community Affairs' neighborhood-based programs are designed to acknowledge the crucial role neighborhoods play as the center of community for New Jersey’s citizens, and the opportunity they offer to serve as a springboard to build a stronger, more equitable New Jersey. To further achieve that goal, Governor Phil Murphy and Lt. Governor Sheila Oliver recently dedicated $2.5 million of funding to restore the Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP) to strengthen the economic vigor of New Jersey’s threatened but viable neighborhoods and to encourage private investment in some of the state’s hard-pressed communities. This new investment was done in coordination with the funding of Main Street New Jersey communities as well.
Activities to be assisted under this act may include but shall not be limited to:
Storefronts are highly visible components of any Neighborhood Preservation Program’s historic yet eclectic streetscape, with a mix of architectural styles and treatments. Variety adds value and is the key to making a business more noticeable and exciting. While some uniformity may be helpful in reducing overall construction costs, business owners are encouraged to imaginatively explore the relationship of their type of business (i.e. restaurant, bookstore, office, flower shop, etc.) and how that typically translates into a unique storefront treatment within a business district.Download Application