WESTFIELD, NJ — A train station coffee hut that has been boarded up for the past four years may be operational by this fall, following an overhaul funded by the town.

A request for proposals for the operation of the kiosk on the south side of the Westfield train station closes at noon on Tuesday, July 28. The town is seeking someone to operate the coffee hut Sept. 1 – Aug. 31, the notice posted to the town’s website says.

“We wouldn’t expect somebody to come over until the fall,” said Councilwoman Dawn Mackey, who was instrumental in the project. Mackey told TAPinto Westfield that anticipated operation in the fall is tentative due to the pandemic.

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The Town Council had previously awarded a $92,250 contract to K&D Contractors LLC, of Kenilworth, for the overhaul of the coffee hut, which officials said fallen into disrepair and required the replacement of rotting wood along with the installation of electricity and running water.

The kiosk, originally built in 1900, had for 33 years been operated by Murray Perch, who left the business behind when he retired in 2016. In 2018, a survey of 102 people conducted by the town found public support for reviving the century old stand.

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