On January 21, 2021, the Trenton City Council voted and approved an agreement granting $750,000, provided by the state of New Jersey, to restore the former East Trenton Library. This funding will match an additional $750,000 provided by the New Jersey Historic Trust.
Former East Trenton Library. Photo posted to the East Trenton Collaborative Facebook Page on 01/21/21.

The approval of the agreement will allow the City of Trenton to proceed in restoring this important landmark to serve the East Trenton community for future generations. With this funding now secured, the The City of Trenton (City Hall), the East Trenton Collaborative (ETC) and the New Jersey Community Capital, will begin working along side residents to begin the initial steps of the project. The East Trenton Collaborative is looking forward to starting the process of restoring the historic structure and transforming it into the East Trenton Library Community Center.

“This could not have been done without the dedication and support of East Trenton residents,” said The East Trenton Collaborative (ETC) via a Facebook post on January 22. “We want to extend our deepest gratitude to the community members who attended this week’s city council meetings and voiced their support for this project.”

According to ETC, the envisioned Community Center will “offer modernized library features while also offering education, business and job enhancement activities, and other community programming.” As the project evolves, more information will become available.

With the project just beginning, ETC is looking to gain community involvement in the initiative. If you are passionate about the East Trenton Library Community Center or other issues in the East Trenton community, you can get involved by texting your full name to 609-416-9223 to join the ETC text messaging list.