New Park Could Come to the Former Colt Gun Mill Site in Paterson

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New Park Colt Gun Mill 26 Mill Street Paterson
The former Colt Gun Mill and Allied Textile Printing site in Paterson could become parkland. Image via Google Maps.

A new park appears to be in the works for a property located just a few yards away from the Northern New Jersey landmark.

Filings from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) show that a “passive park” is planned for 26 Mill Street in Paterson. The property, which is referred to as a “former historic industrial site,” is situated around the former Colt Gun Mill and Allied Textile Printing premises along the Passaic River near the Great Falls.

The City of Paterson submitted an application for environmental permits in connection with the project in October 2019, according to the NJDEP filings. The application was approved in March.

Like other waterfront areas of urban New Jersey, this area of Passaic County was once quite industrial. However, unlike other parts of the state, plenty of remnants of the Great Falls Historic District’s past can still be found, including the nearby Rogers Locomotive Works complex.

In recent years, there has been an effort to improve existing parkland around the Great Falls and develop additional parks. These measures have included the creation of the Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park and the ongoing development of Vista Park across the Passaic River.

Jersey Digs reached out to Paterson’s municipal government for additional information regarding the 26 Mill Street project, but our request has not yet been returned.

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