Assembly bill would kick out state offices in favor of waterfront revitalization in Trenton

(TRENTON) - Assemblyman Reed Gusciora introduced legislation this week with an aim at revitalize the city's waterfront by moving state offices back downtown.

The bill would require the state Department of Education and the Office of Information Technology to move from offices at Riverview Plaza and relocate nearer to the city's central business district. The bill has been referred to the Assembly Commerce and Economic Development committee. Gusciora (D-Mercer) first proposed the idea in March.

"If we continue to maintain state offices at this location we are squandering a huge opportunity for economic development in a city that is desperately in need of revitalization," Gusciora said.

The bill would require the state Economic Development Authority to seek private entities to occupy the buildings before the offices would be vacated.

"If we really want Trenton to succeed and get real revitalization moving we have to take an aggressive, practical approach," Gusciora said. "Allowing the Department of Education to continue occupying prime a waterfront real estate is really nonsensical. So many cities have harnessed the lure of their waterfront to spur redevelopment. We need to follow that path."

Gusciora said he has been talking with his fellow assembly members but has yet to get a co-sponsor for the legislation.


Jenna Pizzi, Times of Trenton

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