UNION, NJ - The Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Wednesday morning, May 10, at 8:00 a.m. in front of the Magic Fountain Ice Cream store, 1081 Stuyvesant Ave.

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 the township.  “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.

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Stores on Stuyvesant Avenue will remain open during construction.  There will be on-street parking restrictions and temporary lane or roadway closures. 

Free parking will be available at the municipal lot on Stowe Street during construction.

This is Phase I of the streetscape project, to include Stuyvesant Ave., from Vauxhall Road to Morris Avenue.  Phase II, Stuyvesant Avenue from Morris Avenue to Elmwood, will begin next year.

“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.”