WOODLAND PARK, NJ - At the July 17 Borough Council meeting, a contract was awarded to AA Berms, LLC, of Belleville, for the McBride Avenue Streetscape Phase 4 project. The $199,896 contract is funded by a New Jersey Department of Transportation Municipal Aid Grant.

Phase 4 of the streetscape will be from Ray Avenue on the Little Falls border along the thoroughfare to about the Peckman River bridge.

“We are fortunate to have some businesses along the stretch contributing to their portion of the streetscape, including the Woodland Park Range,” Mayor Keith Kazmark said.

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He said that it is anticipated that the Kearfott property will be changing ownership hands later this year and the developer would work the Borough as well on street aesthetics. Proposed redevelopment of the Kearfott site would include a commercial mix. The site will not house residential units.

The McBride Avenue Streetscape project so far has been completed from Glover Avenue to Newby Avenue, all funded through a variety of state grants. About $1.6 million has been received for the first five phases and applications are pending for phases 6 and 7, which will complete the project. Work will also soon be done from Newby Avenue to Brophy Lane.

The goal of the streetscape project is to make the thoroughfare safer, smoother, more business friendly, pedestrian friendly and includes decorative lighting, planters and trash receptacles.