UNION, NJ – A Union Chamber of Commerce ‘Meet the Mayor’ event took place on Wednesday evening, hosted by ConnectOne Bank.

“Our prototypical retail concept was launched here in Union,” said Frank Sorrentino, ConnectOne Bank Chairman and CEO.  “There’s almost 125 people working here in this location.  We wanted to demonstrate our commitment to the Union marketplace and to all of you in everything we do.  We are very proud to be here, proud to be able to support you.”

Township of Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas spoke to business leaders about ongoing and planned development in Union. Cavadas reviewed the upcoming Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project, which will include new lighting, new curbs and sidewalks, crosswalks, and benches.

“We’re hoping with this development in the center of town it will increase foot traffic and boost economics in town.”  Cavadas said there has been 3,200 jobs promoted and created in Union.  “We’re getting new businesses coming to town.”   Cavadas discussed other Township initiatives and new businesses:

  • Terminal Mill Project – Cavadas said demolition has already begun for this project, a 300 linear foot project on Stuyvesant Avenue. 
  • Seabra - on Stuyvesant Avenue across from O’Lagar Bar and Restaurant, which will consist of five storefront businesses on the first floor and 30 apartments above.
  • Westfield Veterinarian Clinic – will be expanding into Union with a new facility on Morris Avenue
  • Wrapped Moments – a new store selling unique gifts, next to Burnet BBQ on Stuyvesant
  • Box.com – an online ordering and shipping business
  • Claremont Terrace – a previously contaminated site, which has been cleaned and will be developed to residential apartments.  Diversified, the developer, will also be helping create a new Little League clubhouse.
  • Morris Avenue repaving – Morris Ave. is a State road which will be repaved from the Springfield border to Caldwell Avenue and from Lehigh Avenue to North Avenue.  The work will also include improvements the crosswalks throughout Morris Avenue.
  • West Chestnut and Route 22 location – 6-7 stores will be added.
  • Demolition of the old Vauxhall Library site and the construction of the new Vauxhall Meeting Area, “to hold local informative events for our residents and dedicate some space to the Vauxhall Historical Society so they have an area where they can display their history
  • Springfield Avenue Streetscape – improvement of lighting, sidewalks, and “most importantly, create more crosswalks in that area”.