History & Mission
Riverview Organization (PRO) is an all-volunteer, nonprofit 501c3 organization
founded in 1989 whose mission is to preserve the character, environment and
culture of Warren and Hunterdon Counties in New Jersey.We do this by retaining interest and by
promoting vitality in its hamlets, small towns and cities through education,
revitalization, by discouraging inappropriate land use of our open spaces, and
by protecting our natural resources, preferably through preservation.PRO promotes public interest and education
in art, dance, music, and the environment through its programs.We also offer the use of our building to the
community for special events.
PRO was established in 1989 in
Phillipsburg, the largest city in Warren County, New Jersey, situated across
the Delaware River from Easton, Pennsylvania.PRO originally focused on the preservation and restoration of the
landmark architecture of Phillipsburg's many historic buildings, aiming to restore
vitality to the town and its surrounding areas.
In time, it became apparent that the
suburban sprawl growing around Phillipsburg was as much a threat to the town as
the neglect of the downtown. Therefore, the organization widened its mission to
protecting the interrelated system of farms, open lands, wooded slopes,
villages and larger towns that form Phillipsburg's environment.We oppose unwise development in the
Highlands, work to protect unspoiled streams, and preserve open space as part
of our efforts to create a thriving riverfront town in Phillipsburg that is
surrounded by areas that have been shaped by environmentally-sound planning.
In Phillipsburg, we continue our efforts to revitalize the
architecturally-significant downtown, and we operate the Riverview Arts Center,
serving both the downtown and surrounding communities. In Phillipsburg's
environs, PRO has become a driving force in fighting for environmentally
responsible growth. Today, sub-committees formed by PRO are each focused on
specific areas of nearby Warren and Hunterdon counties, working to persuade
townships to adopt laws that do a better job of protecting the environment,
leading efforts to preserve valuable properties in the Highlands and the
Pohatcong Grasslands, and organizing grass-roots opposition to suburban
subdivisions proposed for environmentally-sensitive areas.