December 1, 2013 at 10:02 PM
BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - If you've been in town, you have noticed progress in downtown Berkeley Heights. New businesses are opening, some are getting facelifts, and others are being newly constructed.
The Downtown Beautification Committee has set standards going forward for old and new business to become compatible with their streetscape, including detailed specifications for signage, sidewalk pavers, street lights, benches, trash litter receptacles and planters. Consistency to the overall streetscape will give the downtown the unique character and feel which Berkeley Heights residents have been seeking.
The township's goal is to provide a welcoming hometown feel, giving the sense of pride as people enter downtown Berkeley Heights.
The cornerstone to the plans of enhancing the appearance of downtown Berkeley Heights is the Downtown Clock Project. This four-faced clock will be placed in Peppertown Park on Plainfield Avenue across from the train station.
The funding for the clock is through sponsorships of the four clock faces and 100 personalized plaques affixed to the base of the actual clock. Proceeds from this project will also fund the new seasonal decorations and plants that will enhance the charm of downtown.
The four-clock sponsors are Deans Greens Garden, Nursery and Floral Center; Berkeley Shopping Center; The Connell Company and Summit Medical Group. Each of these businesses are committed to the community and supporting its initiatives.
Additionally, the electrical and concrete work is being donated by Rick Froio of Atlas Acon Electric Service Corp. and Jim Delia of Earthwork and Boulderscape Services. Through the generosity of these businesses, plaque sponsors and project supporters, downtown Berkeley Heights will shine all year for years to come.
"I, along with the members of the Town Council and the Beautification Committee, headed by Councilwoman Kingsley, want to thank these members of our community for their generosity and support," said Mayor Joe Bruno.
Recent accomplishments of the Beautification Committee include the purchase of holiday banners and lit wreaths that line Springfield Avenue, "Welcome To Berkeley Heights" banners and American flags that line the parade route from Memorial Day through Veterans Day.
Bruno recently issued a letter asking citizens/families to consider a donation of $300 for the gold level sponsorship of the Downtown Clock Project. Secure a permanent spot on Berkeley Heights' newest landmark by sponsoring a plaque and inscribing your family name, remember a loved one, honor a child’s graduation, etc. All donations are tax deductible to the extent allowable by law. Visit the Berkeley Heights Township website for further details.