Millville Development Corporation

Address

321 N. High Street
P.O. Box 609
Millville, NJ 08332
County: Cumberland
http://www.glasstownartsdistrict.com

Contact

Ms. Marianne K. Lods

Grant Amount

$40,000

Program Area

Arts

Focus

Grant Details

For general operating support to strengthen art-based programs, increase art-based businesses, build stronger collaborations, and support the Glasstown Arts District in Millville, New Jersey.

Organization Background

The mission statement of the Millville Development Corporation (MDC) is:

'To further the development and growth of the downtown and riverfront area of Millville and to establish and perpetuate an arts district to benefit the community and foster revitalization.'

In 1999 consultant studies, artist surveys, focus groups and a public meeting determined the viability of an 'arts district' to act as a catalyst for revitalization of a deteriorated downtown. The overwhelming affirmative responses led the Millville's planning director, elected officials and the MDC to begin the task. An arts district zoning overlay was legislated allowing business only on 1st floor of the main street, residential on upper floors and mixed used zoning on adjacent streets that encourages galleries, antique shops, B & B's, etc. in existing housing stock.

At the same time the city bought three buildings and refurbished them into one large community art center, Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts. Opening in April 2001 it quickly became the keystone of the Arts District and enabled the MDC to attract 'pioneer artists' to open private galleries and studios.

The current executive director, Marianne Lods, was hired in 2000 as the arts district coordinator. An experienced entrepreneur and economic development executive, she found property investors, motivated building rehabilitation and manages daily operations.

Our office location of the Arts District sharing space with Millville Urban Redevelopment Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce, will need to be vacated to allow construction of College's Arts & Business Innovation Center. We will relocated into the Riverfront Renaissance Center for the Arts where we were originally from 2001 to 2004. This location is very visible and accessible.

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