To the Editor:
Have you noticed how busy downtown Summit seems these days? It’s great to have people back this Fall. There are many new stores in town. We have a new anchor store, Lululemon Athletica.  Other new stores include Carter and Cavero Old World Olive Oil, Summit Running Company, Dor L’ Dor and Meredith Arteriors Art Gallery. These stores round out what is a wonderful array of establishments that have stayed with us during these difficult economic times. 
City Council has worked hard to try and make downtown more business friendly. Zoning has been relaxed slightly to allow buildings to be three stories and first floor uses liberalized. We are about to start a community discussion on “transit oriented development” - a designation that conveys certain benefits for development. The Department of Community Services is about to go online with permitting, which should help speed processing. You will be able to check your permit status online.  Recently, our town has received the designation of “Historic District” and we will start marketing that.
When discussing downtown it shouldn’t go without noting that two very valuable members of our SDI Board have resigned, Nan Kryston and Tony Melchionna. They will be sorely missed for their hard work and level heads. Emi Havas of Paperfolio has stepped up to head SDI, the taxing entity that runs downtown. Let’s all work together - the SDI Board, Planning Board, Mayor, Council, business owners, and residents to move our New Jersey Monthly ranking from a strong #16 to the top 10!
Ellen Dickson
Candidate for Mayor