UNION, NJ – Business owners, residents and township officials attended a Phase II Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape informational session on Tuesday morning, sponsored by the Special Improvement District and hosted by BCB Bank.

Plans are in place to update and reconstruct the sidewalks along Stuyvesant Avenue, from Morris Avenue to the Union cannon near Elmwood in Phase II of the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape project.

“I’d like to thank merchants and stakeholders for taking the time to join us to hear about the project’s phase-in schedule and parking with minimal impact to our merchants and customers,” said Joe Leo, President of the SID.  “We hope this investment will enhance the aesthetic appearance of the Center, improve safety for the residents and provide more foot traffic to the Center.”

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“We want to improve the center of town so we can create a warm environment to encourage more foot traffic to help your businesses,” said Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas.  “I’m really excited about what’s to come.”

Township Business Administrator Ron Manzella said, “we’re working really hard with our Special Improvement District to get more businesses in the Center.  People are wanting to come in and invest in our community.” 

Joe Venezia, Township Engineer, said the design will be identical to Phase I, which ran from Vauxhall Road to Morris Avenue and was completed in the fall, except there will not be a raised road area and no mid-block crossing.  As a result, he said, there will be no need to shut down the road during construction. He said his office will oversee the day to day construction activities so there “is coordination and advance notification several days before they get near your business.  Our goal is to minimize impact on each business.”

The plan is to use the same design, with identical bike racks, seating and landscaping.  The design will incorporate the granite bands with historical references to the town, as were used in Phase I.

Contractors will work on a few hundred feet at a time to limit disturbances.  Work is set to begin in early May.  Venezia said the construction is anticipated to take 4-5 months.