DENVILLE, NJ – Certain parts of Downtown Denville will undergo a facelift as a result of Denville Township’s receipt of a $615,000 Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Downtown Denville Business Improvement District’s award of a $25,000 matching Transformation Grant from the Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) Program.
Funds from the TAP grant will be used to make streetscape enhancements to First Avenue. The improvements will include new curbs, a brick paver utility corridor within the sidewalks and decorative streetlamps that mimic the ones on Broadway. Additionally, the bushes that formerly lined the First Avenue parking lot will be replaced with a five-foot-tall decorative brick wall that will wrap from the Pasta Shop on First Avenue to Clyde’s Cleaners on Diamond Spring Road. A.A. Berms, LLC, of Belleville, New Jersey, will begin construction in early- to mid-August and complete the project by the end of the year.
The U.S. Department of Transportation established the now-defunct TAP initiative to help foster more livable communities by enhancing the travel experience, preserving and protecting the environment and cultural resources, and promoting more alternative modes of transportation. Previously, Denville Township received a total of $1.5 million in TAP funding for similar streetscape improvements on Broadway.
The Downtown Denville Business Improvement District will use funds from the MSNJ Program’s matching grant to improve pedestrian access to the Bloomfield Avenue municipal parking lot. The enhancements will include the design and installation of a staircase, landscaping services, sidewalk improvements, a downtown directory kiosk and other visual and practical embellishments. The project seeks to enhance the visual appearance of and increase pedestrian safety and access along the section of Bloomfield Avenue that serves as the entryway to the district's largest municipal parking lot.
“This Main Street New Jersey Transformation Grant provides Downtown Denville with an amazing opportunity to continue enhancing the experience of shoppers, diners and businesses in our district. By improving pedestrian access to one of our major parking lots, we can help guide newcomers’ visits to our unique retailers and eateries. It’s a win all around and will make a hug difference,” said Ryan Gleason, executive director of the Downtown Denville BID.
This year marks the first time in its 30-year history that the MSNJ Program has awarded grants to designated MSNJ district organizations statewide. The grant funding is part of a larger effort by the Murphy Administration and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs (DCA), which administers MSNJ, to commit more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects.
“Downtown business districts play such an important role in the economic and social health of our communities, which is why Governor Murphy and I have invested significant resources in the Main Street New Jersey Program,” said Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver, who serves as DCA Commissioner. “This investment includes awarding Main Street grants for the first time ever to help downtowns with improvement projects, placemaking and transformation strategies. All of these grant-funded activities are scheduled to be completed by year’s end and we can’t wait to see how they positively impact downtowns around the state.”
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