New Garden Township hosted its second Public Workshop for the Toughkenamon Streetscape and Transportation Improvement Plan on September 19th. Approximately 30 residents and business owners provided their feedback on emerging transportation, streetscape, and land use concepts for reenergizing and beautifying the Village.
One important concept that participants commented on was whether or not to convert Main Street and Church Street to one-way streets (with Main Street going east and Church Street going west). The more popular one-way configuration would allow sidewalks on both sides of these streets, while maintaining on-street parking.
For land use, the public endorsed a proposed plan that envisions a continuous stretch of retail and restaurant uses along both sides of Newark Road surrounded by a variety of housing types and a new playground. Residents also voted on traditionally styled streetscape amenities (street lights, litter receptacles, and benches) to enhance the planned tree-lined streetscape.
With the plan expected to be completed by the end of this year, next steps will include finalizing these concepts and developing recommendations including zoning ordinance amendments, design guidelines, and capital improvement projects.
We invite those of you that could not make it to the Workshop to review the information presented and send comments to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for your time and interest in continuing to make New Garden Township and the Village of Toughkenamon a great place to live!