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Interior Gateway

In 1998, recognizing that the infrastructure in downtown Camden was in poor condition, CFDA and the City of Camden initiated the $35 million Interior Gateway project. CFDA’s intention was to create a unifying streetscape design and signage program to provide the area with a sense of cohesiveness, tying anchors together into a distinct downtown district. CFDA hired an urban planning and landscape architecture firm to develop streetscape standards for all of the Central Business District and had these standards adopted by the City's Planning Board. As part of this effort, CFDA was granted a license by the City of Camden to install these streetscape improvements throughout the project area.

Completed in 2003 at a cost of $18 million, the first phase of this project addressed over a dozen downtown streets and included the following: utility line upgrades, sidewalks rebuilt with attractive brick treatments, historic lighting fixtures, new street trees, and other street furniture. These improvements were funded through the Camden Empowerment Zone, New Jersey Transit, Delaware River Port Authority, and NJ Department of Transportation. These infrastructure improvements have transformed residential and commercial sections of downtown Camden and have raised real estate values.

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