Guest Column

Evolution of Irvington Avenue Continues


More and more people are talking about the Irvington Avenue corridor. There’s definitely a buzz in the air about the future of this South Orange business district and how it can evolve into a unique and dynamic destination. More on how you can help drive the evolution in a bit…

In fact, you may have already participated in a survey conducted by Seton Hall University students, heard about a focus group that brainstormed improvement efforts or even put your name in the hat to volunteer to help improve the area.

On February 26th, the evolution of Irvington Avenue began.  At the first meeting of the Irvington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee (IACAC), we started organizing the communities’ dreams and wishes into meaningful and actionable plans.  We developed four subcommittees that will focus on the changes residents – like you – said they want to see on Irvington Avenue.

The subcommittees are:
Beautification: Will address projects, big and small, that will enhance the visual appeal and safety of Irvington Avenue
Events:  Will plan and implement events that bring members of the immediate community and beyond to Irvington Avenue
Branding and Marketing:  Will develop a branding and marketing plan that targets prospective business owners, customers and event attendees, and raises the general awareness of Irvington Avenue
Business Alliance:  Will work to unite business owners to share information and best practices, address common concerns, and recruit new businesses to the corridor

How can you help?

We need your involvement on these subcommittees to brainstorm and analyze potential Irvington Avenue improvements. Irvington Avenue will only become more successful with help from the community at large.

If you’d like to help or just want to stay informed, simply click on this link and tell us what you will do. A committee member will reach out to you and we’ll get started developing a new and improved Irvington Avenue. If you can not complete this three question survey right now, please do so by Tuesday so we can keep the momentum going.

On behalf of the entire committee, we look forward to keeping you informed and working with you to realize a truly spectacular Irvington Avenue. In the meantime, you may reach me at any time at or 973-901-4990.

Doug Zacker, Committee Chair
Irvington Avenue Corridor Advisory Committee (IACAC)

P.S.  The IACAC will next meet at 7:30 pm on Thursday, March 27 in the conference room of Village offices on the third floor of the PNC Building. The public is invited to attend.

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