UNION, NJ – Township officials, Union Center business owners, project developers, and residents gathered Wednesday morning for a groundbreaking of the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project.

“The Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project is one that we’ve been looking forward to,” said Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas, “not only because of its ability to beautify this area, but also because we see this as a vehicle for further redevelopment and an investment in Union Center.”

"As a business owner, I'm super pleased that we're changing the look of the business center," said Magic Fountain Ice Cream Shop owner Rueben Peraza,Jr.  "I'm very excited that it's starting in front of the Magic Fountain.  It will draw a lot of attention to the area and change the perspective of how people view the town center.  Beautifying and changing the center will hopefully attract more businesses."

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Cavadas said with the current development of the Seabra’s Project, the upcoming Terminal Mills project and this streetscape, “we are confident that Union Center will quickly be reinvented into a hub for people to live, work and play.”

The project includes new seating, street trees, new curbs, new lighting, corner treatments and a raised mid-block crossing to accommodate pedestrians crossing the avenue. 

David Lustberg of Arterial, the streetscape planner, said, “we feel very confident that this project will be critical in the revitalization of the downtown.”

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.