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A consultant, developer & writer specializing in planning issues, urban history, urban redevelopment, affordable housing, residential feasibility, and marketability analysis.

Who is Richard?


Driven to transform outdated buildings and underutilized sites into vibrant developments that transform neighborhoods.


Urban redevelopment, affordable housing, charter schools, market analysis and valuation of affordable housing.

Community Leader

Helping to enhance the educational, social, and economic benefits of the new Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park for the City.

Richard Polton

Richard Polton has thirty years of experience in real estate, planning and development.  He specializes in appraisals, planning issues, urban history, redevelopment, affordable housing, residential feasibility and marketability analysis. He has written books on urban history, architectural history and affordable housing market analysis.  He lectures frequently and serves as a participant in numerous planning projects. He is an award winning developer of transit oriented, mixed income, mixed use development.

Polton was a founding principal in Value Research Group, LLC, one of the leading real estate valuation firms in New Jersey. At VRG, Polton served as a consultant and analyst to developers, not for profits, governmental agencies, educational institutions, hospitals and other non-profits on a wide variety of real estate. Polton remained with the successor firm until December 2019.

Polton is available as a consultant or principal in selective projects where his expertise and resources are appropriate. His primary interest is in projects that will make a substantive difference in New Jersey’s communities.

Polton consults with property owners on development issues, works with not for profits regarding their development strategies, planning and legal professionals on development, valuation, consulting and expert testimony.

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