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Introducing “Cultural Arts” Theme to Downtown Englewood

By Miron Properties | Published on March 19,2013 at 1:29PM

Introducing “Cultural Arts” Theme to Downtown Englewood

In an effort to make arts more prominent in Englewood’s downtown area, city planners have proposed an “avenue of the arts” as a way to strengthen the cultural arts, building off of Englewood’s famed, bergenPAC.  The anticipated “avenue of arts,” which would run the length of North Van Brunt Street, would include major points of reference such as the current city hall, Depot Square Park, Mackay Park, Lincoln School and Palisades Avenue.  Using Palisades Avenue as the crux of this cultural development, planners have suggested its prominence would be a perfect segway to connect the east and west side of downtown Englewood.
Aiming to open up the area and thereby acting as aid to the growth of what presently resides along this strip, an incentive program could be offered to upgrade signage and overall appearance of these local stores.  Additionally, planners have suggested that downtown Englewood, as a whole, would exhibit a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere with installation of proper lighting as well as improving the street walk quality.  With a more pedestrian friendly atmosphere in place, stores may feel more inclined to offer longer hours, attracting more hustle and bustle from roaming residents later into the evening hours.
By repurposing areas of downtown, the planners seek to link all of the local resources in order to highlight the vitality and influence Englewood’s downtown has within the community.  Vacant store fronts would be brought to life again as a venue for artists to display temporary art exhibitions.  The current city hall building would also act as an art venue. New light would be brought to public spaces and assets such as Depot Square Park and Mackay Park, would encourage residents to use these areas for community programs.
A draft land use vision for Englewood’s Master Plan was presented just recently during the February 28th planning board meeting by the hired representatives from Brown & Keener and Regional Planning Association.
 
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