NJ towns convert empty lots to pop-up fun – New Jersey News

NJ towns convert empty lots to pop-up fun – New Jersey News

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South Jersey communities are giving blighted properties face lifts with volunteer elbow grease and a ton of creativity, turning underused lots into crowded beer gardens.
Carly Q. Romalino

 

There were few reasons to spend time in the parking lot behind a shuttered Woodbury fitness center. 

Weeds grew between asphalt cracks. On occasion, it served as a short cut between West Center Street and Towne Liquors. 

But in 2016, Lot 323 found new life. 

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The city’s FAF (formerly Fall Arts Festival) Coalition transformed the underused space into a summer pop-up drawing neighbors for local musical acts and craft brews. 

“We wanted people to realize it’s not a has-been town. It’s and up-and-coming town,” George Kemery, FAF’s president told the Courier-Post. 

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