The following has been provided by the City of Summit:
The City of Summit, NJ Department of Community Services has initiated a Pedestrian Improvement Project to increase safety in and around its Village Green and train station.
The work that is being completed is based on a master plan that was developed in June 2009 as a partnership between the City of Summit and Summit Area Development Corporation (SADC). This plan has provided a blueprint by which to develop the Village Green. The first phase of the project consisted of adding a raised median with rose bushes and pin oak trees to Broad Street and a fence to Summit Avenue directly adjacent to the parking garage. These improvements were completed in spring 2011 and were designed to redirect pedestrian traffic to cross walks and limit people from crossing in the middle of block.
This next phase began in late September 2013 and is focusing on improvements to the two northern quadrants closest to the train station. Pedestrian pathways are being re-directed to street intersections for safe crossing and lighting is being added for increased security. Further, trees that are planted within the central lawn are being relocated to the periphery to increase framed views of the central spaces. A consistent palette of materials, furnishings and lighting will also be utilized to create a feeling that all four quadrants are a cohesive space.
“These changes will improve the walkability of downtown Summit in and around the train station, and enhance the Village Green for all to enjoy,” said Beth Kinney, Director of Community Services. “The Village Green never had any formal plan for its upkeep and design. It developed and expanded from acquisitions and donations over the years.”
The project, which was approved by Common Council and managed by the Engineering Department, is being funded in partnership with the Summit Area Development Corporation (SADC). SADC continues to raise money to complete the next phase of the project: enhancements to the southern quadrants of the Village Green.