SPRINGFIELD, NJ – When the walls go up the building will eventually come down. The area on either side of the Lyons Building between Center Street and Caldwell Place is preparing for upcoming demolition tentatively scheduled for early spring.

The first debris barrier wall was erected on east side of Caldwell Place starting at the corner of Morris Avenue continuing along the street to 19 Caldwell Pl. The second debris barrier wall runs along west side of Center Street from the corner of Morris Avenue to 22 Center St.

The building address encompasses 259 -279 Morris Ave. on the south side of the street and is currently undergoing environmental remediation prior to demolition. The area affected represents an estimated 1.3 acres of downtown real estate scheduled for redevelopment.

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The sidewalks on the inside of the wall remain open to foot traffic and pedestrians should not walk in the street on the outside of the walk.

This is potentially the first project in the overall downtown Springfield redevelopment through the efforts of the Springfield Business Improvement District to come to fruition. The second project is the intersection of Morris Avenue and Church Mall with an estimated start time of late spring of this year.

Springfield Business Improvement District

In August 2010, the Township Committee unanimously passed a resolution to begin the design and implementation of a Business/Special Improvement District.  A steering committee and consultant were appointed to revise the SID ordinance, establish SID areas, and establish an assessment formula.

The Springfield SID enables commercial property owners and merchants to form local management associations that have the authority to collect special assessments from commercial properties. Residential properties are exempt.

The Springfield Business Improvement District Board of Directors is committed to improving the quality of doing business in Springfield for property owners, businesses and residents by making Springfield a self-sustaining, attractive, business destination for everyone.