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Now that spring is finally here, I hope you will take the opportunity to spend some time enjoying our beautiful downtown. We are very fortunate to have a walkable and vibrant town center, and I want to share with you my perspective on the hard work and careful planning that goes into making downtown Summit as welcoming, attractive, and safe as possible. Our Common Council, city staff, police force, parking authority, and community leaders have worked diligently, thinking creatively and proactively, to ensure this important asset lives up to all of its potential.
When the Deforest Avenue paving project is complete by the end of May, we will have milled and repaved every downtown street in the past year. During the planning phase of this project considerable care went into looking ahead to meet our city’s current and future needs. While the streets were open for paving, a conduit for fiber optic cable was laid to allow us to offer another important future amenity in our downtown: high speed internet access. This example of smart planning will be a crucial selling point in attracting and retaining the financial and consulting firms that have increasingly found our location so compelling.
Continued beautification ensures that Summit retains its charm.
Your safety is always a priority and we all need to know and observe the rules of safe driving, walking and cycling.
Every bit of work is done with an ever-present eye on the city budget.
Next time you are downtown, please stop and take a look around you, and perhaps take a moment to appreciate the hard work, careful thought and creativity that goes into keeping our streetscape so attractive and safe. Of course, none of this is of value if it is not used and enjoyed - a vibrant street life needs to go with our attractive surroundings. So please join me in patronizing our local businesses and gathering spots. Come soon, and visit often. Our downtown is a prime reason that Summit continues to be a prized location to live and work.
See you around town,
P.S. In case you missed my update, NJ Transit currently expects to complete the Morris Avenue Bridge by February 2018.