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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 Property Improvement Grant program.
The program 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.
“The ISABID is working with the Township to upgrade the appearance of our business district,” said ISABID President Thomas Panitch, DDS, MAGD. “The ISABID has budgeted $50,000 in matching grants for additional businesses who want to participate. We hope that our funds incentive our businesses to invest in upgrades to their facades.”
The applicant must be a commercial property or business owner within the ISABID. The applicant must agree to comply with the Township’s new design guidelines, pay 40% of the total cost of the project within a cap based on its ISABID tax assessment, plus a 15% project administration fee.
In addition to its Property Improvement Grants, the ISABID also sponsors five summer sidewalk sales, publishes its bi-annual magazine, Irvington Indeed, 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.
A new ISABID Street Crew is sweeping Irvington Center during the weekends this summer to keep the business district tidy for the work week. The four-member street crew was selected by ARescue Staffing Agency of Irvington.
Children enjoyed street entertainers on Saturday, July 11th, during the ISABID Sidewalk Sale. Entertainers will return during the next sidewalk sale on Saturday, August 8th.
The ISABID hosted a car show on Saturday, August 9, to culminate its three-day sidewalk sale. Winning "Best of Show" was Warren Besthorne. Feliz Velez of L.A.B.S. was the promoter of the car show, which was held in Irvington Center.
The Springfield Avenue Center Board of Directors held a brief ceremony on December 2, 2004, 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 Schraft's Pharmacy, which donated over $16,000 towards its installation.