UNION, NJ – The re-development of the Garden State Motel property was the first order of business when Union Mayor Suzette Cavadas began her discussion Wednesday night at the Chamber of Commerce “Meet the Mayor” event.

Cavadas announced that a contract for the sale of the Garden State Motel, on Route 22 East, has been signed, with a national high-end hotel moving onto the site.   Cavadas said a WaWa, gas station and another commercial business will also be built on the site.

“I’m really excited about this,” said the Mayor.  “It’s time we make these people accountable, especially owners of these properties who have no respect for the property.”

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Cavadas also discussed the completion of Phase I of the Stuyvesant Avenue Streetscape Project, with new curbs and seating areas, a mid-cross walk to make it safer for pedestrians, new light fixtures and landscaping.

According to Cavadas, Phase II of the Streetscape Project will occur from Morris Avenue to Elmwood, up to the area of the Union cannon.  The work is scheduled to begin in April.

As a result of the township's investment in the Center, Cavadas said investors are now interested in developing in the center of town.  She discussed the project at the Terminal Mills building that will create a 300-feet mixed use facility, with retail and residential areas and a parking garage on Bonnel Court.  The project will begin on the Bonnel Court side in March.

Cavadas discussed a new development at the Dollar Tree location on Stuyvesant Ave.  “Because of all of these things we’re doing on Stuyvesant Avenue, we’re creating an atmosphere where business owners want to jump on board and develop the Center.” 

The Springfield Avenue Streetscape project on Springfield Avenue, from Vauxhall Road to the Maplewood border, is underway as well according to Cavadas.  The project will include new signs, cross walks, sidewalks, lighting, landscape and benches. “It will create a friendlier atmosphere for people to walk up and down Springfield Avenue and go to some of the local businesses in that area.”

Cavadas then unveiled plans for the renovated public library, including a garden area and wrap around driveway.  Plans for inside include a new computer sections, casual reading areas, child activity areas, a youth area with a youth activity room and a section for teens.  Cavadas said the lower level will include a mini-café, a theater room that can hold up to 100 people, and renovations to the current Les Malamut Art Gallery.