The South Orange Village Center Alliance (“SOVCA”) is pleased to announce the scheduling and dates for engaging our downtown businesses in the South Orange Master Plan visioning process.
“The Master Plan process is an extremely important tool for our various stakeholders to imagine what kind of downtown they would like to see in the years ahead, so I’m thrilled that SOVCA will be serving as ambassadors for the business and property owners throughout our district,” said Steven Pedigo, SOVCA chairman. Pedigo has significant
experience working with cities on their master plans as director of the NYU Schack Institute of Real Estate Urban Lab and as director of research and advising for the Creative Class Group.
“The new Master Plan will be a blueprint for how our downtown evolves in the coming years, and will touch on all the vital components that comprise a great downtown, including retail mix, development, parking, walkability, and sustainability,” said SOVCA executive director Bob Zuckerman. “We’re excited to meet with our stakeholders to hear
their thoughts and ideas on the future of downtown South Orange, because as business owners and property owners they will play an instrumental role in how downtown South Orange is shaped over the next several decades.”
These Master Plan meetings will be question-and-answer sessions led by Bob Zuckerman who will play an impartial role as moderator. The date and breakdown of sessions are as follows:
- Session for downtown property owners, Tuesday, January 15th, Noon – 1:30 PM, 76 South Orange Avenue, 3 rd Floor Conference Room
- Session for downtown upper floor businesses (professional offices), Tuesday, January 22nd, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, 76 South Orange Avenue, 3 rd Floor Conference Room
- Session for retailers/restaurateurs/service business owners, Monday, February 4th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, The Fox & Falcon, 19 Valley Street
- Session for retailers/restaurateurs/service business owners, Wednesday, February 13th, 7:00 – 8:30 PM, The Fox & Falcon, 19 Valley Street
Boards, commissions, and advisory groups, including SOVCA, have self-selected representatives to the Master Plan process, and Zuckerman will be the point person for SOVCA’s downtown sessions. Zuckerman will report his findings to the Master Plan Steering Committee, which is responsible for submitting all information back to the Master Plan
Management Committee. From there, the input collected will be turned over to Topology, South Orange’s planning firm that is overseeing the Master Plan, to begin drafting the new Master Plan.