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IRVINGTON, NJ (January 16, 2019) – New royal blue signs, awnings, and gooseneck lamps now adorn the storefront façade of two Irvington businesses located at 1288-1290 Springfield Avenue, Irvington, the results of the first model project of the Irvington Springfield Avenue Business Improvement District (ISABID)’s Business Improvement Grant program.
The facade project seeks to begin the transformation of Irvington’s central business district from a hodgepodge of conflicting and disharmonious storefront designs into a coordinated series of complementary storefronts that calm the streetscape.
The model project demonstrates new design guidelines promoted by the Township of Irvington. The applicants, State Realty and Mimine Hair Braiding, chose a dominant royal blue color for its awnings and signs from 24 shades of blue offered under the guidelines. The amount of information on the canvas, shed-style awnings was limited to only the street number, and the amount of information on the three-dimensional store signs was limited to business name, phone number, and logo. Meanwhile, the interior-lit box sign and plastic awning were replaced by exterior-lit gooseneck lamps. The size of the letters and numbers were also reduced for better readability and the signs and awnings themselves were properly sized and placed relative to each other.
Beginning in 2021, the ISABID's new Business Improvement Grant program will offer its members matching grants for exterior improvements as well as interior merchandising projects. The ISABID also sponsors five summer sidewalk sales, publishes its bi-annual magazine, IrvingtoNOW!, co-sponsors a website, www.irvington-nj.com, with the Camptown BID and Irvington Chamber of Commerce, hires a daily sidewalk cleaning crew, provides “Free Photos with Santa” during the holidays, and contributes to an array of civic and charitable causes in the Township of Irvington.
The ISABID is governed by a volunteer Board of Directors of businesspeople and two Township councilpersons plus a paid staff from FirsTEAManagement. For more information, individuals may call (973) 673-0205.
An ISABID Street Crew is sweeping Irvington Center during the weekends year-round to keep the business district tidy for the work week. The crew, hired by Arizona Landscaping, also cleans the Smith Street municipal parking lot during the week.
Children enjoy street entertainers on most Saturday afternoons during the ISABID Sidewalk Sales. The ISABID generally conducts five monthly sidewalk sales between May and September along Springfield and Clinton Avenues.

Back on December 2, 2004, the ISABID Board of Directors held a brief ceremony to mark the installation of a marble plaque near the base of the Town Clock at the Springfield/Nye/Stuyvesant Avenue intersection. The plaque commemorates the Hait family, owners of the former Schraft's Pharmacy, which donated over $16,000 towards its installation.
The clock is currently undergoing renovations and should be operational in the Spring, 2021.