Built in the early 1900s, Westfield’s train station kiosk has long been an area where members of the community gather and greet each other. Originally located on the north side of the tracks, the kiosk was used to sell newspapers and postcards to early travelers and at one point served as a taxi stand for out-of-town visitors.
The kiosk was moved to the south side lot several decades ago and became well known as a “Coffee Hut” until it closed in July 2016. Today the current administration, together with the Downtown Westfield Corporation, is announcing plans to identify the best use of the kiosk through a resident survey. Once the results of the survey are in, the information will help guide the RFP process to solicit businesses and partner in renovating the structure.
As a former commuter herself, Mayor Shelley Brindle would like to see the kiosk reopen.
“Gathering with fellow commuters to grab a good cup of coffee is a bright spot in a long day,” said Brindle. “I look forward to recreating an important community gathering spot not only for commuters but for residents throughout the day.”
Residents can go to www.westfieldnj.gov/kiosksurvey and indicate what they would like to see offered at the kiosk. The survey will be available for two weeks from March 1 to 15. The town will continue to keep residents updated as progress unfolds over the coming months.
By The Town of Westfield and the Downtown Westfield Corporation. Article originally from Tap into Westfield.
Photo by the Town of Westfield. The Town of Westfield and the Downtown Westfield Corporation plan to identify the best use of the train station kiosk through a resident survey.
March 1, 2018 at 12:55 PM