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Fairmount Neighborhood Plan

fairmountbanner.jpgUrban League of Essex County is an organization committed to urban revitalization and lasting social change within ccommunities. Its headquarters is located at 508 Central Avenue in Fairmount neighborhood, a 40-50 block area of houses, businesses, places of worship and schools within the West Ward of Newark, New Jersey, USA. Fairmount is bounded by South Orange Avenue on the south, Central Avenue on the north and Bergen Street on the east (at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey campus). The historic Fairmount Cemetery stands as the largest landmark near its western border.

In 2009, the Urban League of Essex County obtained grants from the Wachovia Foundation and the State of New Jersey to help produce a revitalization plan for the Fairmount neighborhood. The Communication for Social Change Consortium is working with the Urban League in strategic communication planning as well as conducting and coordinating communication activities. for instance, community dialogues. We joined with our neighbors, local business owners, churches, schools, mosques and friends to engage as many people who live and work in Fairmount to create a plan to turn our community around. Our potential is great and our future even greater.

The plan identified five major goals:

Goal 1: Reduce Crime and Improve Public Safety

Goal 2: Strengthen the Community, Neighborhood, and Families

Goal 3: Expand Economic Development and Employment Opportunities

Goal 4: Enhance Education and Job Training

Goal 5: Improve Land Use and Quality of Life

We are excited that the plan has been completed. The steering committee that drove the development of the plan is now transitioning into the Fairmount Heights Neighborhood Association! The Association has five working committees that correspond to the five major goal areas. Help improve Fairmount by becoming an member and working with one of the committees.

We want to thank the many residents that helped to develop the plan and we are excited to work with you as we work to make Fairmount better: Our home, Our Hope Our Neighborhood!.

Special recognition to the members of the Steering Committee that worked to develop the plan:

  • ULEC - Vivian Fraser, President and CEO, Cheryl Howard and Darrin Sharif
  • Residents - Kenneth Jones, Joe Bethune, Kakeisha Smith, Bryan West, Cheryl Swan, Roni Bryant, Doug Durr, Carol Lomax, Ruth Phillips, Khalil Sharif, Vanessa Ethridge.
  • 13th Avenue School - Khadija Abdul-Kareem (parent)
  • City of Hope Ministry - Pastor Paul Valerius
  • City Of Newark - Perris Straughter, Senior Planner
  • University of Medicine & Dentistry of New Jersey - David C. Schulz, AIA, Executive Director, Carl Chase
  • Georgia King Village - Jacquelyn Thomas, Resident Services/Community Programs Coordinator, and Pamela Mohammad, President Resident Council
  • LISC - Robin J. Brown, Program Officer
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. School – Dr. Glenn Wilson
  • Masjid Au Muslim - Masjid Imam Muslim Abdul Muhammad, Masjid Alik Muslim Edward Wadood
  • New Community Corporation, Newark, NJ - Richard Cammarieri
  • Newark Police Department - Captain Gregory Meehan; Captain Yablonski, Captain Antonio Perez
  • Newark Public Schools - Michael Carrigan, Ed.D (West Region)
  • Page Academy - Rhonda Page, Executive Director
  • Provision of Promise - Esney M. Sharpe, Assistant Pastor
  • Rutgers University - Diane Hill, Vice Chancellor, Community Partnerships
  • VIP Barbershop - Derrick Taylor
  • Welcome Baptist Church – Ngina Wiltshire, President Trustee Board
  • West Side High School - Dr. Kevin West, Principal, Nadia Camacho (alumni), Arthur Morton (alumni)
  • World Impact -Dr. William T. Iverson

For more information, please contact Cheryl Howard, Community Organizer at 973-624-9535 x165

To download the plan, click on link below: