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Within the Circulation & Infrastructure section of the 2008 North Camden Neighborhood Plan, a series of recommendations were proposed to systematically analyze and improve both the above and below street level conditions. Consistent with the plan, Save Our Waterfront’s steering committee stressed the need to conduct a detailed engineering study which inventoried the existing infrastructure conditions, proposed upgrades with cost estimates, and analyzed the correlation of the existing infrastructure within the core neighborhood with the new waterfront parcels.

To facilitate this project, CFP partnered with the Camden Redevelopment Agency (CRA) to identify funding sources to engage a professional engineering firm to inventory and assess all of the neighborhood’s roads, utilities, and sidewalks (all infrastructure within the public right of way). Grant funds were awarded by the Camden Economic Recovery Board (ERB) to the CRA in early 2009, and CFP worked with the CRA to manage the design consultant and coordinate with the community, public utility companies, and public sector.

The comprehensive inventory and capital plan was completed in December of 2009, and CFP is currently working with the City and community to identify grant funds for the priority roadway improvements (including Erie and Seventh Streets) and move towards implementation.

Additionally, in 2006, the City of Camden received $250,000 from the NJ DOT Transportation Trust Fund for the design and implementation of the Camden Pedestrian Wayfinding Signage Program. Subsequently, CFP entered into a grant agreement with the City of Camden to manage the NJDOT grant, and then finalized the design plans, communicated with project stakeholders, secured the necessary public approvals and oversaw the public advertisement period for construction bids for the first phase of the pedestrian signs. Following concurrence from the City of Camden and NJDOT, CFP awarded a contract to Allied Environmental Signage and a kick-off meeting was held in March 2012. After a delay resulting from approval of a necessary change order, fabrication and installation of the first phase is currently underway. The second phase of construction is also moving forward, as part of the federally-funded TIGER projects along two downtown corridors. 


In the fall of 2009, Save Our Waterfront (SOW) and CFP initiated an extensive community outreach process in North Camden around the reuse of the Riverfront State Prison and its adjacent parcels. Consistent with the neighborhood plan, the goal of the design workshops was to facilitate discussions and develop a detailed master plan with corresponding high impact visuals for the specific reuse of these properties. The master plan would also build upon the ideas laid out in the Waterfront Park Plan (access and re-connection), and help move the redevelopment process toward implementation. With the generous support of the Delaware River Port Authority, CFP staffed the community engagement process (consisting of four informational sessions, several site tours, three design workshops, two stakeholder presentations, and a final community-wide presentation in April) and managed the contract for the design consultant.
At the final presentation in April, SOW unveiled the Cooper’s Poynt Master Plan. The master plan calls for the following, all of which were identified as priorities by the community:
•    An extension of the existing east/west street grid and the development of two new north/south streets to the west of Delaware Ave.
•    A public riverfront park accessible from new riverfront streets
•    A linear park lining an extended State Street, connecting the riverfront to the existing community
•    Mid-to-high rise mixed-use development fronting the waterfront park, decreasing in height and density closer to the existing neighborhood east of Delaware Ave.

The public presentation was very well received and the event was well attended by city, county, and state officials along with over a hundred residents and representatives from all the stakeholder organizations.

Spark Creative Group