The Assunpink Creek Greenway

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The Assunpink Greenway is an expansive, 99 acre linear park project adjacent to the Assunpink Creek running through an impoverished section of the City of Trenton, New Jersey. The project area includes former industrial properties held by public and private owners. Transforming this large, contaminated, flood-prone area into a greenway is a long-term and ambitious task.

Brownfield Redevelopment Solutions, Inc. (BRS) manages the entire project, overseeing subcontractors and area environmental assessment activities including the former railroad maintenance yard abutting Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor line. BRS reviews and evaluates environmental investigation data, recommending remedial actions, conducting cooperative community outreach, working with adjacent residents to receive input on park amenities and educating them on the steps required to transform contaminated, flood-prone property into parkland.

Other services included:

  • Managing acquisition process including foreclosure, condemnation, and purchase of properties
  • Educating owners regarding environmental issues
  • Obtaining and coordinating aid offered by the various local, state and federal entities involved in the project including Mercer County, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP), the US Army Corps of Engineers, the US Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA), and the US Economic Development Administration (USEDA)
  • Securing more than $13 million toward investigation, remediation and redevelopment project grants
  • Coordinating a Steering Committee comprised of funders, government regulators, community groups and other stakeholders
  • Coordinating asbestos removal, demolition, and environmental assessment and remediation on multiple sites
  • Working with engineers and landscape architects to plan for building and site reuse
  • Managing the aspects of the project through the DEP Brownfields Development Area (BDA)

This project is a model for the use of the Triad approach, a cost and time effective site investigation method featuring systematic planning, dynamic work plans and real-time data. The USEPA and New Jersey DEP actively promote the Triad approach, with this project being one of the first cases used on a brownfield site. BRS leads this effort through technical coordination with the New Jersey Institute of Technology, the New Jersey DEP and the USEPA.

Location: Trenton, New Jersey
Client: City of Trenton, 319 East State Street. Trenton, New Jersey 08608