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Hackensack Receives $1 Million Grant For Main Street Streetscape Project

Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse.
Hackensack Mayor John Labrosse. Photo Credit: File

HACKENSACK, N.J. — Mayor John P. Labrosse and the Hackensack Council announced Wednesday that the city has received a $1 million grant from the The North Jersey Transportation Planning Authority as part of the Transportation Alternatives Program, funded by the Federal Highway Administration.

The City of Hackensack is the recipient of the awarded by the NJTPA after a highly competitive process. The project will focus on aesthetic improvements along Main Street from Sussex Street to Mercer Street.

This project is part the City of Hackensack’s commitment to smart and fiscally responsible redevelopment in the city’s downtown area. The carefully coordinated redevelopment program is currently the biggest one in the state and will add nearly $1 billion in real estate value for the city.

“This grant is going to allow us to beautify our Main Street, while at the same time complement the ongoing redevelopment in our downtown,” Mayor John Labrosse said .

“This administration remains committed to enhance the quality of life for the citizens of Hackensack and to help our Main Street small businesses thrive; this grant allows us to do exactly that.”

The Main Street Streetscape Project enhances current Main Street redevelopment and will add and improve visual elements such as street trees, public benches, pole lighting and other decorative enhancements.

The project does not include streetscape enhancements for the new redevelopment projects along Main Street, as each redeveloper is responsible for decorating the area in front of their property, allowing the grant funds to be used in needed areas.

The redevelopment of Main Street has been a top priority for Mayor John Labrosse and the City Council. The grant from the NJTPA is an excellent add-on to the ongoing Main Street revitalization plan which includes new redevelopments and a plan to make Main Street a two-way street.

“This project is just one more of a long list of exciting projects that are taking place throughout Hackensack,” Deputy Mayor Kathleen Canestrino said.

“I would like to commend the great work by the senior staff at the City of Hackensack for securing this grant that will make our Main Street a great place to visit, dine and shop.”

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