BERNARDSVILLE, NJ -- The Bernardsville Borough Council recently extended the deadline for Requests for Proposals from May 1 to July 1 for the downtown redevelopment project anticipated for Quimby Lane.

"Some of the interested developers wanted more time to put together their proposals," Bernardsville Mayor Mary Jane Canose said. "Common Ground was contracted to develop updated architectural standards for the borough business district, but we won't have those for probably a month or so."

The RFP states that the projected Quimby Village "will become part of Bernardsville's identity and reinforce the unique downtown district as the crown jewel of the community."

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The borough's re-examination of the master plan for redevelopment addresses the promotion of Bernardsville's business district as the commercial and civic center of the borough, the enhancement of the district's physical appearance, the creation of a downtown atmosphere that is "pedestrian-friendly," the presence of open space and areas for recreation, enhancement of the architecture and facades, and a study of the area of Mill Street and Quimby Lane that would result in an upgrade of the streetscape, a connection of parking areas to one another and the introduction of new land uses.

The full RFP document issued by the Borough Council can be found here.