Other NJ News

Plans for Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project in Union Discussed

Union Center Streetscape Project Credits: Tapinto Union
D. Lustberg from Arterial, Committeewoman M. Delisfort, Mayor S. Cavadas, Bus. Administrator R. Manzella, SID Director F. Raymond, E. White from Arterial. Credits: Tapinto Union
Mayor Suzette Cavadas and SID Chairman Joe Leo discuss new Union Center Streetscape Project Credits: Tapinto Union
Union Center Streetscape Project Credits: Tapinto Union
Union Center Streetscape Project, project work quadrants Credits: Tapinto Union

UNION, NJ – Business owners, residents, and township officials attended a Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape informational session on Monday morning, sponsored by the Special Improvement District (SID) and hosted by ConnectOne Bank.

Plans are in place to update and reconstruct the sidewalks along Stuyvesant Avenue “in order to create a more unified downtown district feel,” according to a handout at the event. “The goal is to foster economic vitality and create more foot traffic to the stores.”

The project includes new seating, street trees, new curbs, corner treatments and a raised mid-block crossing to accommodate pedestrians crossing the avenue.

Sign Up for E-News

“This is an exciting time for the SID and the Township of Union,” said SID Chairman Joe Leo, who said the investment in the center will enhance the aesthetic appearance of the center, revive the center for new opportunities for local business, improve the functionality for shoppers and visitors, attract more foot traffic with the pedestrian infrastructure update, improve safety for residents, and attract new investors.  

“I’m excited about this project,” said Township Mayor Suzette Cavadas. “It’s going to be a complete transformation of the center of town.”  The mayor said removable bollards will be installed on Stuyvesant Avenue at Vauxhall Road and Morris Avenue, for street closures for street fairs and other community events. 

The project will be constructed in two phases, said Mayor Cavadas. Phase I is Stuyvesant Avenue from Morris Avenue to Vauxhall Road. “Next year,” said the Mayor, “Phase II will be complete, which is Stuyvesant Avenue from Morris Avenue to Elmwood.”

According to Township Business Administrator Ron Manzella, to minimize disruption to local businesses during the construction, the Phase I project is broken down into four quadrants: Vauxhall to Emerson Avenue, Vauxhall to Axton Avenue, Emerson Avenue to Morris Avenue, and Axton Avenue to Morris Avenue.

“No more than 200 feet will be disrupted at any given time,” said Manzella.  “We know we have to keep your businesses open,” said Manzella to business owners.  “The contractor has to find a way to keep access available to the stores.”  Manzella said it is projected that construction will take about six to seven weeks per quadrant. 

Construction of Phase I is anticipated to begin in April and continue through to September.

David Lustberg of Arterial, the streetscape planner, said parking will be the main disruption during construction. “The major disruption for vehicles,” said Lustberg, “will be during the construction of the mid-block crossing. There will be a 10-day period when vehicular traffic will not be allowed on this segment (between Vauxhall Road and Emerson Avenue).

“We want to make this a great experience,” said Manzella.  “We recognize that there will be a change in routine for a short period of time.  But in the end this is something that will attract people to our downtown.”

“This is a true capital investment,” said Fatima Raymond, Director of Economic Development and Special Improvement District. “We’re looking at working with the owners of these properties for physical improvements, including better signage, lighting, etc. There’s a lot to come and I’m truly excited about it.”

Another Streetscape Project Information Session will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, at ConnectOne Bank at 2355 Morris Avenue in Union.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News



AtlantiCast: Episode 16

Summer is in the air, and the latest episode of AtlantiCast is ready to help you enjoy some fun outdoors while staying safe! This week’s episode opens with tips for sunscreen usage from Atlantic Health System’s Chief Medical and Academic Officer, Dr. Jan Schwarz-Miller. You’ll also learn about how Atlantic Health System is advancing the future of health care through ...

South Orange Police Blotter: Robbery Reported on South Orange Avenue

June 16, 2018

South Orange Police Blotter as of June 16

Robbery - An Alpha, NJ resident reported that he was robbed on Sunday, June 3, at approximately 12:30 a.m. while he was walking on South Orange Avenue near Scotland Road. The victim stated that he was approached by three unknown actors who punched him and knocked him to the ground. The actors then stole his cell phone and wallet ...

Maplewood Police Blotter - Two Home Burglaries Reported

June 4, 2018, Burglary; Sometime during the daytime hours, a home on the 100 block of Midland Blvd was forcibly entered.  At the time of the report it was unknown what the proceeds were.

June 4, 2018; Thefts; During the overnight hours a metal rack was stolen from outside of a business on the 200 block of Elmwood Ave.

June 5, 2018; Motor Vehicle Theft; During the overnight hours, a van ...

Fifth Annual Two Towns Triathlon for Kids Postponed Until September Due to South Orange Pool Still Being Closed

June 14, 2018

SOUTH ORANGE, NJ - The 5th Annual Two Towns Triathlon for Kids, originally scheduled to be held in South Orange on Saturday, June 16, has been postponed until Saturday, September 8, according to an update on the South Orange website. 


The postponement is because the South Orange Community Pool is still closed for the season due to construction delays with the filter ...

Second Year of Maplewood South Orange Book Festival Brings Authors and Readers Together

MAPLEWOOD, NJ - Anna Quindlen. Rosemary Wells. Keith Hernandez. Tayari Jones. These are just a few of the authors who were speakers at the Second Annual Maplewood South Orange Book Festival on Saturday.

The book festival, which attracted about 2,000 attendees according to organizers, had a full day of author panels covering a wide range of topics that included "#MeToo: From ...

Upcoming Events

Tue, June 19, 6:30 PM

Millburn Free Public Library, Millburn

Memoir Writing Class at Millburn Library

Arts & Entertainment

Tue, June 19, 7:00 PM

Clifton Public Library, Clifton

Bariatric Seminar-Weight Loss That Works

Health & Wellness

Wed, June 20, 6:30 PM

Pleasantdale Chateau , West Orange

Taste & Toast Gala

Giving Back Religions And Spirituality

Wed, June 20, 6:30 PM

Pleasantdale Chateau , West Orange

Taste & Toast Gala

Giving Back

Lecia Bianca Jewels Creates a Bridge to Make Bloomfield Center the Next Style Destination

June 16, 2018

BLOOMFIELD, NJ - The Bloomfield Center renaissance continues as Lecia Bianca Jewels becomes a style destination on main thoroughfare in this Essex County Community. Lecia Clay, owner of the boutique, describes her jewelry as 'bridge jewelry,' - pieces that are in a space between costume jewelry and fine jewelry, while having value. 

'Lecia Bianca' is the ...

Record Number Attends West Essex YMCA's Sixth Annual Bike Livingston

LIVINGSTON, NJ — On the heels of National Bike Safety Month in May, a new record of nearly 500 Livingston riders participated in the sixth annual Bike Livingston event, a family-oriented bike tour of Livingston’s neighborhoods hosted each year by the West Essex YMCA on the first Sunday in June.

With three routes to choose from—a four-mile route around the ...

Applications to Rutgers Jumps Nearly 10 Percent; Increase From Out-of-State Students

June 15, 2018

NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - Applications to Rutgers University this year increased 9.4 percent over last year, university President Robert Barchi told the Board of Governors at a meeting this week.

The university received nearly 45,000 applications this year, Barchi said.

That included a 20 percent increase in the number of students from outside New Jersey applying to Rutgers, the university ...

Students Lead ‘Die-In’ at Congressman Lance’s Office; Summit Boy Arrested

WESTFIELD, NJ — Seventeen-year-old Summit High School student Ben Schachter was taken away in handcuffs Tuesday during a gun safety “die-in” protest led by local high school students at Congressman Leonard Lance's Westfield office. Lance was not present at the office at the time.

“We are organizing this ‘die-in’ at Congressman Lance’s ...

Maplewood Department of Public Works Employment Opportunity: Maintenance Worker

June 19, 2018


Title: Maintenance Worker – Parks/Shade Tree Dept.

Issue Date: 6/18/18       ...

Jersey Swamp Cats in Downtown After Sundown Friday, June 22

Dance under the stars to the swingin’ sounds of the Jersey Swamp Cats when the boys bring their patented piano and guitar driven blues and vintage rock’n roll to Spiotta Park, as part of the Sounds In Spiotta Park DAS concert series on Friday, June 22!

7 p.m. to 10 p.m. in Spiotta Park, located on Village Plaza and South Orange Avenue.


Founder of Moms Helping Moms Foundation Receives NJ State Governor’s Jefferson Award

Each year the New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards highlight the spirit of civic engagement among New Jersey’s 1.5 million volunteers and provide Jefferson Awards medals in 22 categories of volunteer service.   

The 2018 New Jersey State Governor’s Jefferson Awards presentation ceremony and celebration of volunteerism was held at the War ...