ASBURY PARK, NJ - The new Springwood Center of Asbury Park was recently honored with a 2015 New Good Neighbor Awardfrom the New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and New Jersey Business magazine. 

NJBIA President and CEO Michele Siekerka and Board Chairman Matt Wright presented the award to Paul McEvily, associate executive director of Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., at the 55th Annual New Good Neighbor Awards luncheon on June 5. 

“Today’s winners have contributed to their communities by investing in them financially and creating jobs, providing valuable services to underserved communities and returning empty and unusable properties to productive business activity,” said Siekerka. “The people of New Jersey have all benefited from the hard work, vision and commitment of the people who brought these developments to fruition.”

The $2.7 million Springwood Center is multifaceted in both its modern design and purpose, providing a home to a wide range of inhabitants, from commercial businesses to municipal offices.

Functioning as both a social hub and living space, Springwood Center contains the Asbury Park Senior Center as well as eight affordable housing units. The local Chamber of Commerce, offices for the local police department, and the Business Development Center also occupy the building. Even the commercial establishments on the first floor provide a community benefit; the center’s Kula Café prepares local youth for job opportunities in nearby restaurants.

The prime mover behind Springwood Center is Interfaith Neighbors, Inc., and a non-profit supported by over 45 churches. The project generated 112 construction jobs and 44 full-time jobs for area residents.

The project was designed by Shore Point Architecture, PA of Ocean Grove. The primary builder was Benjamin Harvey Co., Inc. of Oakhurst. Ben Waldron, executive director of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council nominated the project.

Presented jointly by NJBIA and New Jersey Business magazine, the New Good Neighbor Awards annually recognize the best and most exciting renovations, expansions and new developments in the state. Winners are chosen based on economic benefit and job creation, architectural merit and community involvement.

Thirty-one development projects were nominated for New Good Neighbor Awards this year, comprising more than $391 billion in development investments and which created nearly 5,000 jobs. An independent panel of judges selected the winners.

With 20,000 members, NJBIA is the nation’s largest state-level employers association.  New Jersey Business magazine is NJBIA’s flagship publication.