City of Millville to hold Groundbreaking for Expansion and Renovation of Millville
Public Library After Receiving $920,000 NJDCA Capital Needs Grant
MILLVILLE, NJ Groundbreaking for the $8 million expansion and renovation of the Millville
Public Library will take place Tuesday, July 12 th at 4 PM at 210 Buck Street in Millville. The $920,000 Community Capital Needs NPP grant awarded to the city’s Neighborhood
Preservation Program (NPP) district will allow this project to proceed after construction costs skyrocketed in connection to Pandemic-related cost increases. NPP is a program of the NJ Department of Community Affairs (NJDCA).
In June, the NJDCA announced 13 Community Capital Needs (CCN) NPP grants totaling $3.75 million for NPP districts throughout New Jersey. The grants are designed to significantly leverage prior and new investments, and aid designated NPP districts in completing or advancing projects of a capital nature. The program was created to promote the continued recovery and revitalization of communities in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. It will also address key capital improvements in NPP districts that can serve as catalysts for ongoing economic growth and increased quality of life in those areas, resulting in more resilient communities and a stronger and fairer New Jersey.
The NPP Center City Millville District is comprised of 36 blocks in Millville’s Center City
neighborhood. The library, which is inside the district, had already secured $7,028,000 in other funding, but the impacts of COVID created a drastic rise in construction costs and the project needed additional funds to be completed.
The Carley Foundation, the New Jersey Neighborhood Revitalization Tax Credit program, the Millville Public Library’s endowment, the City of Millville, the Authority, and the NJ Library grant are going toward this project, which is in keeping with goal of leveraging NPP funding to expand the resources and impact on the community.
“Without this grant we would have had to remove the elevator that increase our ADA
compliance from this project,” said Courtenay Reece, Library Director. “We now have the
opportunity to complete a vital project that our community told us they wanted, but for which we had no imminent funding. The CCN NPP grant will go a long way in moving this project and our community forward.”
“This project has been a priority of our community members for nearly a decade. It began in 2013, but it was also reiterated by community members in 2018 as a priority project for the Center City Neighborhood,” said Heather Santoro, the City of Millville NPP Coordinator. “Our goal as an organization is to work with community members on identifying their needs and priorities and working with residents and community stakeholders to see those programs and projects come to fruition. Santoro is the Executive Director of the Holly City Development Corporation whose mission is to inspire and empower neighborhood revitalization. The Millville Public Library Expansion and Renovation project is scheduled to be complete by late Fall of 2023.
The Neighborhood Preservation Program is designed to increase place, economic, civic and social value in 40 “threatened but viable” communities. It does so by awarding designated communities $125,000 a year over 5 years to enhance buildings, streets and a district’s entire physical realm. The grants also help to support and coordinate small business recovery, growth and sustainability, and market district events and activities while engaging local stakeholders in planning and relationship building.
The City of Millville is located in Cumberland County, New Jersey.
For more information contact Heather Santoro, Executive Director at 856-776-7979 or