UNION, NJ – A groundbreaking ceremony for the upcoming Springfield Avenue Streetscape Project in Vauxhall took place Tuesday evening.
“The Springfield Avenue Streetscape Project is one that we’ve been looking forward to, not only because of its ability to beautify this area, but also because we see this as a vehicle for further redevelopment and investment in the Township of Union,” said Mayor Suzette Cavadas.
Concerned Citizens of Vauxhall and Vicinity Civic Association member Kim Eason said, “our core goals (of the organization) then and now are to address safety and traffic within the community as well as the revitalization of Springfield Avenue.”
“I am really excited today about the launch of the Springfield Avenue Streetscape Project, Phase I,” said Eason. “What started as a vision, is now reality. This is an exciting day for the residents of Vauxhall and vicinity.” Eason thanked the Township Committee and the Economic Development Committee for “listening to this community and for changing the landscape of Springfield Avenue.”
Committeewoman Michele Delisfort, a lifelong Vauxhall resident, said, “I have fond memories of walking up Springfield Avenue and meeting friends. It’s always been a busy, yet safe, pedestrian-friendly corridor and I’m glad that we’re moving it forward today.”
As a professional city planner, Delisfort said, “I’ve witnessed street projects like this have a significant impact on the physical and socioeconomic conditions in neighborhoods throughout the state. The crowning benefit of this project is that the Springfield Avenue corridor will not only enhance the physical form over time but quite honestly it will enrich our sense of place, attract patrons to existing businesses and ensure added investment to the corridor and surrounding streets.”
Committeeman and Vauxhall resident Clifton People, Jr. said, “This groundbreaking puts us in motion for the rebirth of the once-thriving business district that is re-establishing itself to become once again a place to satisfy all the needs a community needs to grow and prosper."
The Springfield Avenue Streetscape Project includes new sidewalks, curbs, lighting and landscape.