Neighborhood Preservation Program (NPP)
The Hawthorne Gateway is a mixed-use neighborhood consisting of the Borough’s central business district, and adjoining commercial and mixed-income areas, which also incorporates public facilities such as the municipal building, the library, a NJ Transit train station, and public open space and recreational facilities. Many businesses are struggling in a post-pandemic environment, leading to businesses closing and vacancies, a trend the Borough hopes to reverse by strengthening the entire neighborhood, including the connection among residential, recreational and commercial uses.
The NPP Implementation Plan was submitted to the State by the Coordinator on February 18; we were given Final Approval on March 1, 2022.
At the Council Meeting on March 16, 2022, a Resolution adopting the Hawthorne Implementation Plan was adopted by our Borough Council. Now the work begins!
IMPLEMENTATION PLAN - Borough of Hawthorne, Hawthorne Gateway District
SLIDE PRESENTATION: Power Point Presentation to Council March 16, 2022
September 2022. Our Mural Artist, Carmelo Sigona, has completed the mural at The Hawthorne Memorial Pool and Recreation Complex. Please be sure to stop by and see his wonderful work. Carmelo creates his art with spray cans, as he is a 'graffiti artist".
Diane Zawadzki was the winner of the "Name the Park" contest held by the Borough. Diane's winning entry "The Hawthorne Memorial Pool and Recreation Complex" was unanimously chosen by the "Name the Park" committee, and a temporary sign will be installed on the grounds, with the permanent sign (which is being manufactured) to be installed after completion.
The fall mum hanging baskets will be going up on the temporary brackets on Lafayette Avenue and Diamond Bridge Avenue.
New signs are ready to be installed at the 8-Acre Woods. These should be installed within the next few weeks.
Work at the Library will begin soon, as we continue to revitalize our downtown and the areas within the NPP.
SURVEY RESULTS: Please see below graphs, charts and supporting data.