Project Liberty

About Project LIBERTY

The Project LIBERTY initiative was founded in early 2017 after a meeting convened by former Mayor Sandy Greenberg to discuss the future of the vacant Russell C. Major Liberty School in Englewood, NJ. This group, open to all, has held several meetings since then. Over time, its leadership passed to the Northern New Jersey Community Foundation.

Project LIBERTY seeks to identify the needs of the community that will guide the best use for the school, based on two beliefs:

  1. That a decision affecting the whole city must be made by the whole city. This means in Englewood, that all four Wards must be at the table.
  2. That this effort should be a neutrally guided process.

Accordingly, Project LIBERTY has organized an open and inclusive design process. The initiative is partnering with asked two organizations specializing in community engagement to assist residents in determining the use of the building. This process will ensure that every voice is heard so that what we create together truly reflects the concerns and desires of all.

The Project for Public Spaces (PPS).  PPS founded in 1975, is a nonprofit planning, design, and educational organization, helping communities and cities around the world improve how public spaces serve people. Using groundbreaking tools for community planning, PPS works with people to create and sustain public spaces that build stronger, more vital, and prosperous communities.

Public Agenda works with municipalities to increase their effectiveness and efficiency. Costs can be lowered when residents, schools, and local governments work closely together. Such civic engagement builds mutual trust and understanding. With greater trust, policy deadlocks are broken and under-represented voices are amplified.

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