The industrial history of Trenton has left behind blighted, underutilized, contaminated and perceived-to-be-contaminated land throughout the city. To a large degree, these properties are located along water routes that served the city’s transportation needs in the 1800’s and 1900’s and currently form the industrial core and a greenway opportunity for the City. The Brownfield Action Plan (2014) should guide brownfield redevelopment efforts to address targeted properties throughout the City. For example, the Assunpink Creek Park Project has demonstrated that focused initiatives can serve both the open space and brownfield redevelopment needs of the City. As such, effective implementation of that can plan can substantially advance the City’s efforts to create a clean and safe environment.
Although the City’s water supply is routinely monitored and meets acceptable standards, the City is home to a number of lead-contaminated homes and Trenton must reduce the risk of exposure from these properties. To protect residents, especially children, from the dangers in their own homes, the City should implement the Lead Paint Home Stabilization Initiative and support household lead evaluations and abatement activities for historic properties.
Finally, a safe clean city is about more than just protection from historic contamination. Anti-litter and Anti-dumping campaigns will reduce the amount of trash and waste in the City, protecting both residents and the environment. Moreover, blighted properties are attractive nuisances and pose a real risk to residents. Efforts to transform these properties from blighted spaces to opens spaces will have a positive impact on health and welfare of the community while also addressing vacancy and abandonment.