Since May 2012 Reverend Paul Dean is the project manager for the East 2nd St. Revitalization (E2SR) and team. The revitalization team consists of 4 local residence that along with Reverend Dean are dedicated and determined to remove criminal activity and plight from the East 2nd Street corridor - Johnston Ave to Leland Ave. This effort is being worked in partnership with the City of Plainfield.
East 2nd St. Revitalization (E2SR) team accomplishments include but are not limited to the removal of 2 old bill boards in which frames were old rusty eye sores, and stationed on top of an abandoned building.
The E2SR team also played a key role in auctioning off 2 abandoned buildings located in the area, which did nothing but add to the negative and hopeless feeling of the area. Currently both buildings are under reconstruction by contractors. Also helping to uplift the area is better lighting, a greater police presence and surveillance cameras; additional measures the team has coordinated with the City of Plainfield.
Giving consideration to the East 2nd Street corridor potential for improvement and success, Reverend Dean from his own pocket paid for an area survey - conducted by Dr. Roland Anglin of Rutgers University titled: East Second Street Revitalization Plan. This survey ultimately was presented to the community for community review, discussion and invitation for community participation. See attachment for the May 2012 survey.
The goal of E2SR is to turn this area into a thriving community where local business owners can flourish from the added traffic of new customers. Also through infrastructure improvements attracting new businesses to move into the area and hire local residence