When the Pride Center of NJ (PCNJ) moved out of its original home in New Brunswick many years ago the plan was to move back to the city. It was a bit of a surprise to some how long the PCNJ stayed in the North Brunswick location. But now a new surprise has come with the center’s new move. The newest location is across the Raritan River in Highland Park.
“We were looking for a better, nicer, place with more parking,” said PCNJ Board member Jennifer Horsey. “The new location will provide better public transportation on Raritan Avenue in Highland Park. And it will be closer to restaurants and gay-friendly businesses such as PJ’s Coffee and Charlie Browns Steak House. They are both within a short block.”
“It is such a nice area,” says PCNJ Board President Steve Waldman. “It is a great move in that respect.” He said that the rent amount will be a bit less than the previous location was, too. “But the trade-off is that it also is a little smaller in square footage.” Says Waldman, “But I am confident that we will be able to accommodate all of the groups that are using the facility with no problems.”
The PCNJ Board hopes and expects that this will be the last location that comes with a rental lease. The Board is already working on a future move some years down the road into a building that will be wholly owned by the PCNJ not-for-profit corporation. The building fund is growing with new contributors that are being added each month. In 2008, Waldman hopes to add some substantial funds to that account with new corporate donors.
To contribute, volunteer or for more information on the PCNJ visit www.pridecenter.org.