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Housing project, rail station win honors

NULLA Jersey City housing complex built on historic structures and the Meadowlands train station were among the winners of the 2009 Land Use Awards from the Northern New Jersey District Council of the Urban Land Institute.

The nonprofit institute picked The Beacon, a 2 million-square-foot complex of historic Art Deco buildings in Jersey City, for its Project of the Year award. It credited Metrovest Equities, its developer, as creating “a new neighborhood with market-rate housing and access to mass transit, while restoring the beauty of the original construction.”

The institute, which announced its latest awards last week, picked the Meadowlands rail link for its Infrastructure and Transportation Award, saying the station provided “tens of thousands of fans with car-free access to sports and entertainment.”

“Each of the award winners has taken steps beyond industry norms to advance goals of smart and sustainable development,” said Lawrence Jacobs, chair of the North Jersey chapter.

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