Wednesday, March 6, 2013
Millburn's Downtown Millburn Development Alliance 2013 blueprint was adopted by the township Tuesday.
The $265,928 Downtown Millburn Development Alliance 2013 budget was approved Tuesday night at Millburn's Township Committee meeting. The initial budget was presented at the Feb. 5 meeting by DMDA's current president Gina Colabelli and past president John Buchholz. The budget came in only $9,000 more than last year's $256,060 figure, even with an increase in sidewalk sweeping and maintenance. In the Feb. 5 meeting it was reported, sweeping and maintenance went up to $15,000 from last year's $3,750. Committeeman Thomas McDermott also noted in the February meeting the DMDA saved $65,000 because of a reorganization.
Wednesday, October 6, 2010
The preliminary budget proposes a decrease of $10,000 while maintaining the current assessment level.
The Downtown Millburn Development Alliance is not planning another hike in how much property owners have to pay and intends to reduce its budget for 2011. DMDA Executive Director Harold Klein gave an overview of the special improvement district's preliminary 2011 budget during Tuesday's Township Committee meeting. The preliminary budget calls for a $253,038 budget for 2011, which is down from the $263,380 budget for 2010. Despite the decrease in the budget, the DMDA will be able to maintain its marketing budget, Klein said. They've looked to save money in other ways, like the new contractor maintaining the downtown sidewalks, he said. The agency has been pleased with the work thus far, he said. In order to maintain the assessment of $195,…
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
The collection box is at the farmers market each week.
The Downtown Millburn Development Alliance is collecting food at the farmers market to be donated to the food pantry at the Millburn-Short Hills Chapter of the American Red Cross. The Red Cross chapter reported in late September it needed food for the pantry, which had several nearly bare shelves. The pantry currently serves about 15 local families that have been mostly referred by agencies in the area like the township and SAGE. Among the items needed are pasta, cereal, sauce and items with protein like tuna fish and peanut butter. The box for donations is at the DMDA table at the farmers market. The market is held each Tuesday at 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Lot 1, which is at the corner of Essex and Main streets. Food donations also can be …
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
Funding has yet to be approved to add new towns to the program that brings consulting services.
Downtown Millburn Development Alliance officials are still waiting to hear if they received the Main Street designation from the state. State officials are still waiting to see how much funding will be available for the program or if it will be cut, said Harold Klein, DMDA executive director. But because of the wait, Millburn downtown leaders were invited to send a representative to a conference for the program. Millburn's special improvement district was declared a finalist for the program, but there has been uncertainty about funding since the winter. The DMDA applied for the state designation last fall. The designation does not bring any actual funding to the business organization. Rather it will give them a number of consulting …
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
The Downtown Millburn Development Alliance is still waiting for the O.K., but it means the project may not happen until 2011.
Construction for the downtown riverwalk may need to hold off until next year because state officials have yet to give their final approval. Harold Klein, Downtown Millburn Development Alliance executive director, said the organization has not received approval from the state Department of Transportation. The approval would release the grant money to fund the project. The business organization had hoped to construct the riverwalk, which is an enhanced sidewalk between Essex Street and the Paper Mill Playhouse, in August while the theater is dark. But that's not going to happen. But the process to move forward requires a certain public bidding timeline, including three weeks of advertising, Klein said. It could push the project to 2011. The …
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Millburn-Short Hills restaurants will be offering deals and special menus.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Restaurants around Millburn-Short Hills are putting the final touches on the menus and getting ready for the township's first restaurant week. Restaurant week, sponsored by the Millburn-Short Hills Business Coalition, is scheduled for Monday through Sunday May 30. The Dining Room at the Hilton Short Hills will make a three-course dinner available during Restaurant Week at $35 per person. Choices will include vegetable or seafood appetizer, seafood, chicken or beef main course and a dessert favorite. Benihana will offer prix-fixe lunch and dinner menus at $15 and $30 respectively. Restaurant Week lunch specials will include selected appetizers, specified two-combination entrees and dessert. The $30 prix-fixe dinners feature one of two …
Sunday, May 16, 2010
Cars of all ages come out for the annual downtown show.
Cheryl Chapman had on her roller skates for the first time in 20 years on Sunday, skating up and down Millburn Avenue. She carefully weaved between visitors to the annual Downtown Millburn Classic Car Show. It was part of the theme of bringing her 1956 Thunderbird to the show again, which she used to bring to a drive-in in Hawthorne, where she grew up. The Millburn resident skated professionally until she was 13 years old, which was when she won the U.S. freestyle championship for her age group. Her father also was a competitive roller skater, winning championships, and her mother also skated. Her parents met at the Brooklyn Roller Dome, and Chapman skated at all of the old rinks in North New Jersey. "But you can't skate on the streets any…
Friday, May 14, 2010
Classic cars will line Millburn Avenue.
Friday, May 14, 2010
If you like classic cars, Sunday is your day. The 18th Annual Millburn Classic Car show is Sunday at noon to 4 p.m. Cars will be packed along Millburn Avenue between Main and Spring streets for the event. The event is free. The cars will range from 1915 to the present. Visitors can vote for the "People's Choice" Award at the Downtown Millburn table. Trophies are awarded in several categories including a glass trophy donated by The Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society. The Mayor's Choice, Investors Savings Bank and the Richard Crawford Memorial trophy are also awarded. In all over 50 trophies are awarded. Music will be provided by "DJ Stickshift Eddie" who will play oldies music throughout the day. The St. Barnabas Fire Safety …
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
The summit also looked at the commuter parking garage proposals and the potential of it coming to downtown.
Township officials and business leaders are working together to minimize the impact of the upcoming county project to replace the downtown Millburn Avenue bridge. The subject was one of the issues brought up during Tuesday's economic summit for business owners, sponsored by Downtown Millburn, the Millburn-Short Hills Chamber of Commerce and the Millburn-Short Hills Business Coalition. It also touched on parking, a topic that has been a subject discussed a great deal at previous economic summits. Daniel Baer, a Township Committee member, said the plan is to start the project to replace the bridge in August. Two lanes of traffic would always be open, he said, but parking would be displaced. Township officials plan to work with business …
Thursday, April 29, 2010
The downtown business organization hopes a state approval could happen in the next week.
Downtown Millburn officials are waiting for the final approval and agreement from the state Department of Transportation for the riverwalk project. Harold Klein, Downtown Millburn executive director, said they cannot move forward with any work on the project until state approves the plans and the federal grant dollars. They're hopeful a decision could come in the next week based on conversations with state officials. Klein said he is "cautiously optimistic." But the decision could make the construction schedule very tight, Klein said. The hope is to construction the enhanced path from Main and Essex streets to the Paper Mill Playhouse could be done while the theater is dark in August. But officials cannot advertise for bids or do any other…