Downtown Business & Economic Development Office
(formerly Cranford District Management Corporation (DMC)
The Office of Downtown Business & Economic Development is the Township department responsible for fostering economic revitalization and investments, business development and marketing for the Special Improvement District (SID), an area comprised of 224 properties and more than 300 businesses. These include stores, restaurants, personal services, professional offices and almost 1,000 apartments/ condo units in the SID and immediate surrounding area.
The Office was responsible for advancing major investments in the SID, including Cranford Crossing, Riverfront at Cranford Station, Walgreen’s, Spencer Savings, Two River and Chase Bank as well as several smaller scale retail and residential projects; other accomplishments include streamlining the permit approval process, zoning revisions; parking and public space improvements; and, a successful communications and marketing program that has attracted businesses, investors and visitors resulting in a 98% occupancy rate of first floor spaces.
The Office is currently active in the effort to get midtown direct train service on the Raritan Valley Line that serves Cranford. And,was responsible for Cranford’s designation as a Transit Village and $200,000 grant from the NJ Dept. of Transportation, as well as other grant awards for improvements and downtown planning.
An 11-member SID Advisory Board is appointed by the Township Committee. The members currently serving are listed below.
Property Owners: Paul LaCorte, Steven Needle, Maureen Tinen
Business Owners: Tom Connolly (Connolly & Hickey Historical Architects), Clara Nunziato (Augusta Mae), Barry O’Donovan Chairman (Kilkenny House)
Residents: Anthony Durante, Joe Colangelo, Vicki Spurr, Jean-Albert Maisonneuve
Township Committee: Patrick Giblin Deputy Mayor
To learn more about Cranford’s SID and the office, go to FAQ.