Maplewood Receives Main Street New Jersey Designation and Support

MAPLEWOOD, NJ – The State of New Jersey announced Thursday that Maplewood is one of four cities that will now receive training and technical support to revitalize their downtown business districts as they make now part of the “Main Street New Jersey” program.

This is the first time in six years that the MSNJ program has added new communities to its list. There are now 23 communities participating in the program. Bernardsville, Fair Lawn and Toms River are the others that were added Thursday.

Since its inception in 1989, the MSNJ program has created new businesses and jobs in downtown neighborhoods. The MSNJ program is a coordination program of America’s main street, which is a subsidiary of the National Trust for Historic Preservation.

The state said the program will help Maplewood’s Springfield Avenue Partnership, a 501 (c) 3 nonprofit that is committed to creating a stable, diverse and friendly shopping district along Springfield Avenue in Maplewood.

“It promotes local businesses, strives to attract new businesses and provides services such as sidewalk cleaning, maintenance of an online business directory and database of available commercial spaces, and helping with facade renovation projects, ”the State Department of Community Affairs said in announcing the award.

Mayor Frank McGehee said, “Springfield Avenue is the lifeblood of Maplewood and, as a municipality, we are always looking for ways to improve our business district. live, work, play and learn environment and add tasteful signage, which will enhance the dining and shopping experience for New Jersey customers and residents. Thank you for this honor. “

“Over the years, public and private investment have built Springfield Avenue, transforming it from a county thoroughfare into a neighborhood commercial corridor. For this community effort, Springfield Avenue and the Springfield Avenue Partnership are honored to receive the designation Main Street New Jersey, ”said Nicole Wallace, managing director of the Springfield Avenue Partnership. “Over the coming year, the Partnership aims to invest in setting up venues and orientation, and increasing the number and diversity of events.

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