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UNION COUNTY IMPROVEMENT AUTHORITY/LINDEN PROJECT
WINS STATEWIDE PLANNING AWARD Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade-Amphitheater awarded
New Jersey Planning Officials Achievement in Planning Award for Community merit
Union County Improvement Authority (UCIA) Board Chairman Anthony Scutari and Executive Director Charlotte DeFilippo (seated) display the New Jersey Planning Officials Achievement in Planning award the UCIA won for the Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade in Linden. They are joined by (from left standing) UCIA Commissioner Cherron Rountree, UCIA Commissioner Linda Hines, UCIA Commissioner Sebastian D’Elia, UCIA Commissioner Carolyn Vollero, UCIA Project Director Mark Brink (back row), Victor Vinegra, Engineer of Harbor Consultants (designer of promenade) and UCIA Commissioner Sam McGhee. (Photo by Jim Lowney/County of Union)
LINDEN---The Raymond Wood Bauer Promenade, a project financed and developed by the Union County Improvement Authority and the City of Linden, has won the New Jersey Planning Officials Achievement in Planning award, Improvement Authority Executive Director Charlotte DeFilippo announced.
The mixed-use development contains a 350-seat amphitheater, stone chess tables, bench seating, plaza entry, surrounding flower beds, and a two-story, and 5,000 square-foot commercial building.
A kiosk area and bathroom facility is also located in the promenade, which was designed by Victor E. Vinegra of Harbor Consultants in Cranford. The entire development is in foot print of the former Linden Theater at 400 North Wood Avenue (at Knopf Street), across from City Hall. The promenade was named after Raymond Wood Bauer, a deceased banker and philanthropist.
The promenade and amphitheater was financed/funded in part through the Union County Improvement Authority, the City of Linden, and the State of New Jersey Green Acres program. The County of Union also contributed an additional $250,000 in funding from the Open Space Trust Fund’s “Green the Streets” program.
“The promenade represents a unique public-private partnership and serves as a model for future redevelopment projects,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.
The New Jersey Planning Officials (NJPO), founded in 1938, is the State's association of planning boards and zoning boards of adjustment, NJPO is a non-profit, tax-exempt organization comprised of appointed members of planning boards and zoning boards, elected officials and professionals dedicated to promoting sound planning through educational services, support and information. Associates include citizens groups and corporations interested in planning, interested individuals, and professionals (lawyers, planners, engineers, etc.).
The Bauer promenade was managed by the Union County Improvement Authority, utilizing the professional team of Harbor Consultants of Cranford, and the Silcon Group of Elizabeth.
DeFilippo thanked all partners who handled the project and for making this unique downtown park a reality.
“Part of the Union County Improvement Authority’s mission is to provide financing to develop important public projects that improve the quality of life for our residents,” DeFilippo said. “We’re proud to have participated in the development of the promenade.”
DeFilippo added the County of Union also won a National Association of Counties (NACO) award several years ago for another project, the Plainfield Park-Madison complex, which was financed and developed through the UCIA.
The Linden amphitheater, which has professional lighting and sound systems, has already hosted several seasons of Summer concerts, films, and additional shows well into the Fall and Holiday seasons.
The amphitheater is ringed by chess tables, a public seating area and plaza, and grand arched entry off North Wood Avenue. The plaza itself contains elements of colored stamped concrete, blue stone, slate, brick, and other ornamental metals.