HACKENSACK — The city has received a $1 million grant to be used for improvements such as trees, lighting and benches on Main Street.
The grant is from the North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority. It will pay for aesthetic additions to Main Street’s sidewalks from Sussex to Mercer streets, according to a prepared statement from Vision Media, the city’s public relations firm.
“The beautification is going to help complement the downtown,” said Peter Blanos, the city’s grant consultant.
The planning authority, as part of its Transportation Alternatives Program, awarded grants to 27 municipalities throughout the state. Each grant was awarded to a municipality based on eligibility in seven categories, including historic preservation, environmental mitigation and streetscape projects.
Hackensack was one of six municipalities that received $1 million or more in grant money.
The city had applied for $1.3 million, which Blanos said was for brick paver sidewalks, decorative lighting, trees with tree grates, benches and trash receptacles.
Blanos said the application also included new parking meters. Director of redevelopment Al Dib said that the city would likely pursue separate funding for the meters.
Other municipalities that received grants include Park Ridge, which received $357,000 for its own streetscape project, Hoboken, which received $451,000 for improvements to Newark and Green streets and Paterson, which received $1.2 million for the first phase of its Spruce Street Gateway Project.
The Hackensack Main Street streetscape project is one of the latest efforts to redevelop the downtown, specifically Main Street.
Dib said a $4.45 million contract was awarded for a project to convert State Street and Main Street into two-way streets. The project includes new concrete sidewalks and curbs, traffic signals, handicap ramps and underground conduits.
Work has commenced on State Street, from Passaic Street to Essex Street, and will take an estimated four months to complete. Once work on State Street is complete, the Main Street conversion will begin. That portion of the project is set to be completed by August 2018.
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