HACKENSACK, NJ - The city has taken another step towards its goal of transforming Main Street into a safe, vibrant and walkable downtown area.

On Tuesday evening, the council introduced a $6.6 million bond ordinance to complete streetscape improvements on the stretch of Main Street between Sussex and Passaic streets.

If approved at the next council meeting, on June 25, the scope of work would include: adding new decorative street lights, brick paver sidewalks, concrete curbing, ADA-compliant curb ramps, benches, trash receptacles and trees. Funding would also cover repaving a portion of Main Street after it is converting to a two-way road.

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“Maintaining our roadways is always a key factor for us and fortunately, we have been able to secure grant funding for much of the Streetscape projects” said Mayor John Labrosse. “These help defray the costs to complete and lessen the financial burden for all of us.”

Once all phases of work have been finished, the upgrades will run along the entirety of Main Street between Sussex and East Anderson streets.

The city is in the midst of an overhaul of its downtown, with nearly two dozen properties working to redevelop into mixed-use buildings, allowing for residential and commercial spaces along Main and State streets. In 2012, the city approved a redevelopment plan covering a span of more than two miles.

Earlier this year, the city received $370,000 through Transit Village and a $255,610 Municipal Aid Grant to complete streetscape improvements along Main Street. Hackensack had already secured $1.7 million in grant funding for other phases of streetscape improvements on Main Street.

In addition to grant funding, costs will be defrayed as all developers will be responsible for the streetscape improvements to occur in front of their properties. Developers must either implement the improvements according to the city’s design standards or reimburse the city for the cost.