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Neighborhood Preservation

Home Improvement Program

City of Linden residents can apply for a no interest loan of up to $24,999 for home rehabilitation. The loans are perpetual liens that are repaid upon the sale of the home. Participants must own and live in their 1 or 2 – family dwellings. Eligible improvements include new roofs, electrical, plumbing and heating systems.

Homeowners can apply for this program by contacting Robin Lospinoso at Development Directions LLC, 2 City Hall Plaza, Rahway, NJ 07065 (telephone 732.382.8100). Interested homeowners can call the office for an appointment. A follow up letter is sent to the homeowner; along with the letter confirming the appointment. There is a list enclosed with all of the documentation needed by the program to determine eligibility.

The current eligibility incomes are as follows:

Household Composition (Persons)

Once determined eligible, an inspection is scheduled by the city’s cost estimator to inspect the home and determine the necessary improvements, which must include any health and safety issues. The homeowner is then supplied with a scope of work. Homeowners are then instructed to obtain two comparable estimates for the work. Once the homeowner receives the estimates, the homeowner prepares the contractor selection form and forwards their selection with the two estimates to the consultant.

Once the homeowner selects the contractor, the consultant prepares a detailed work write up and a Contractor Homeowner Contract. An appointment is then set with the homeowner, the contractor and the program to review and sign all of the documents, including the mortgage for the amount in the work write up.

New Jersey One Call

New Jersey State Law requires that you must call the New Jersey One Call System before you dig (excavation, demolition, etc.) whether it’s a small or a large construction or homeowner project (such as putting up a fence, mail box post or real estate sign post, building a home addition, deck or foundation, etc.) for marking underground utility lines. Calls must be made three (3) business days in advance, but no more than ten (10) business days. Excavation must commence within ten (10) business days. Operators are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Call 1.800.272.1000 or 811.

National Flood Insurance Program

The City of Linden participates in the National Flood Insurance Program which allows any property owner in the City of Linden, whether your property is located in a flood zone or not, to purchase flood insurance. Through the City’s activities associated with the Community Rating System, Linden residents receive a discounted rate on this insurance. To find out if you live in a flood zone, you can either call or stop in the Engineering Department or view the maps posted on the FEMA website. See the Official Flood Protection Notice.

This interactive tool from FEMA can assist you in determining the current and advisory flood risk of your property.

Streets & Roads in Linden

Street Right–Of–Ways

Each street within the City of Linden has a specific Right-Of-Way (ROW), a distance from the front property line on one side of the street to the front property line on the other side of the street. This is public property, however, by ordinance; it is the responsibility of the homeowner to maintain this area. Usually the roadway is centered within this Right-Of-Way, with sidewalks on either or both sides of it.


Encroachments into the Street Right-Of-Way are prohibited. All signs, fences, walls, structures, etc. shall be within the confines of the respective property boundaries.

Municipal Roads

There are approximately 91 miles of Municipal Roads running through the City of Linden that are under its jurisdiction.

County Roads

There are approximately 9.5 miles of County Roads running through the City of Linden that are under the jurisdiction of Union County. These roads include:

  • Elizabeth Avenue from Park Avenue to the Rahway Line
  • Linden Avenue (East) from Park Avenue to the Elizabeth Line
  • Raritan Road from Wood Avenue to Stiles Street
  • Roselle Street from St. Georges Avenue to Elizabeth Avenue
  • Stiles Street from Raritan Road to Edgar Road
  • Valley Road from Stiles Street to the Clark Line
  • Wood Avenue from Raritan Road to Edgar Road
State Roads

There are approximately 10 miles of State Roads running through the City of Linden that are under the jurisdiction of the State of New Jersey. These roads include:

  • Edgar Road (US1&9) from the Elizabeth City Line to the Rahway City Line
  • New Jersey Turnpike (I95) from the Elizabeth City Line to the Borough of Carteret
  • Route 278 from Edgar Road to the Elizabeth City Line
  • St. Georges Avenue (NJ27) from the Elizabeth City Line to the Rahway City Line