Highland Park, Metuchen receive grants for downtown revitalization

The boroughs of Metuchen and Highland Park have been approved to receive funding from the Main Street New Jersey District Transformation Grant Program.

The grants will help improve the quality of life for residents of and visitors to the boroughs through downtown revitalization efforts.

The funding is also part of a larger commitment from Governor Phil Murphy’s administration to allocate more resources to community revitalization programs that focus on small businesses and neighborhood improvement projects.

Senator Patrick J. Diegnan Jr., Assemblyman Robert Karabinchak and Assemblyman Sterley Stanley thanked the governor and the New Jersey Department of Community Affairs for their commitment to improving Legislative District 18 downtowns.

“Programs such as Main Street New Jersey are integral to supporting local businesses, stimulating economic growth, and making our downtowns more attractive,” Diegnan, Karabinchak and Stanley said in a joint statement.

“Metuchen and Highland Park are among New Jersey’s many shining examples of how revitalizing downtowns positively impacts our communities.”

Metuchen will receive a $75,000 grant to improve two storefronts, gather community input for placemaking design concepts for an alley, update its downtown strategic plan for the next four years, and refine its Family-Friendly and Innovation transformation strategies.

Highland Park will receive a $22,530 grant to fund the design, construction, and decoration of parklet structures outside downtown businesses, affording patrons with more outdoor spaces to convene, dine and relax.

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