Bloomfield Center Alliance Begins Train Station Beautification Project

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Bloomfield Center Alliance Begins Train Station Beautification Project

Structural and Cosmetic Improvements Will Make Train Station More Efficient and Clean

BLOOMFIELD, NJ -- The Bloomfield Center Alliance, Inc. (BCA) today announced it has begun a beautification project at the Bloomfield Train Station. The BCA has used funds to hire professional contractors for extensive landscaping, including removing ivy from the side of the train station facades, and restoring a canopy over the main entrance. Other contracted work involved power washing the Westbound walkway and stairs, cleaning the surface, and upcoming cosmetic improvements, such as painting in the windows with artwork and the front door.

“On behalf of the Bloomfield Township Council, I would like to thank the BCA for providing this repair work.  We look forward to the complete restoration of Bloomfield’s train station in the near future,” said Mayor Michael Venezia. “These structural and cosmetic improvements will revitalize our train station and complement other roadwork, parking, and landscaping restoration efforts to help local businesses thrive, and make Bloomfield a shopping destination in our area.”

The metal canopy awning inside the main entrance of the station facing Lackawanna Plaza has been removed so that structural repairs can be made and painted, then reinstalled.  This work will take about two to five weeks. The BCA plans to put up fences on the sides of the train entrances to “restrict use of dangerous walkways.” BCA's three employees -- called Clean Team Ambassadors -- help with daily maintenance of the exterior of the train station, and the entire Downtown Special Improvement District, also known as Bloomfield Center.  

“We are pleased that the booming redevelopment of Bloomfield will accompany this beautification of this historic train station,” said BCA Director Ollyn Lettman. “The BCA is grateful for the support we have received from the Mayor and Council, as well as our dedicated staff and volunteers. When this project is completed, the Bloomfield Train Station will be a model for beautiful urban train stations, and be enjoyed more completely by the more than 1,100 patrons who commute from this station daily.”

Bloomfield Center Alliance, Inc. (BCA) is a non-profit community development organization that works alongside the Township of Bloomfield and the Department of Public Works to maintain a vibrant downtown district that benefits merchants, property owners and residents of Bloomfield. Bloomfield Center Alliance's programs improve the image of Bloomfield Center through restoration projects, and social events, such as the Summer Car Shows, which ran every Wednesday night June through August.


 

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