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City Solicits Input as Part of Downtown Planning Study

Friday, August 2, 2013 • 12:35pm

SUMMIT, NJ - The City of Summit is soliciting input in an effort to create a vision for downtown Summit as a vibrant area where people live, work and play.  With this goal in mind, the City’s Department of Community Services (DCS) has begun what it calls the Downtown Planning Study.  The study looks to analyze existing strengths in Summit’s downtown area, while also identifying areas that can be improved upon.  Specifically, this includes strategies for refreshing Summit’s business model, along with strategies for marketing and branding.  Overall, the initiative is seeking to set the stage for sustainable and managed growth for future generations of Summit residents.

On Wednesday, June 19, Mayor Ellen Dickson hosted a Town Meeting at City Hall.  The meeting was well-attended by residents and members of the business and non-profit community, including members of the Planning Board, Summit Downtown, Inc., the Chamber of Commerce, Historic Preservation Committee and Environmental Commission among others.  Dickson cited feedback from residents and businesses as overwhelmingly important to the project, stating, “The point of the study is to help find ways to better create a sense of place for residents in our downtown; to find out what we’re missing in maintaining a vibrant and user-friendly downtown.  To do this successfully, acquiring feedback is essential.”  Input is still being sought from residents, businesses and others who use the downtown to inform a viable and successful action plan, which will be released later this fall.

To share and get involved, notes and comments can be posted on a comment board located in front of the council chambers at City Hall.  Private e-mail messages can also be sent to downtownstudy@cityofsummit.org.

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