By Susan Kronberg
on September 30, 2016 at 9:18 AM, updated September 30, 2016 at 9:22 AM
The Borough of Roselle is located in Union County and spans 2.65 square miles. It is home to 21,085 residents as of the 2010 U.S. Census and is bordered by Roselle Park, Elizabeth, Linden and Cranford.
Known for a number of “firsts,” one of the more illuminating bits of Roselle’s history is that it is the first village to be lighted by Thomas Edison’s incandescent light bulb. The borough’s Presbyterian Church is the first house of worship to be powered by electricity. Additional innovations pioneered in Roselle include the first bank drive-up window and the first automatic bowling-pin setter.
Today’s Roselle is an ethnically, culturally and spiritually diverse suburban community that’s growing. It’s a town with enthusiastic leadership dedicated to its continual improvement and who recently launched an economic development website to keep residents abreast of efforts to execute Roselle’s strategic plan.
“Our small town is quickly becoming an attractive destination for all to visit, to live and to work. Charming, yet affordable, the Borough of Roselle is bursting with opportunities for economic growth,” said Mayor Christine Dansereau, Roselle’s first female mayor.
The Park, with Phase I slated for a spring 2017 opening, is an upscale apartment complex planted on a former golf course. Perfect for millennials and empty nesters, The Park will offer many amenities, such as a pool, club house and parkland.
The current median household income in Roselle is $43,122 and median home value is $223,500.
Also envisioned for Roselle is the Mind and Body Complex, which will offer an early childhood school, as well as a community pool and recreation center. In addition, there will be an “intergenerational park” providing amenities meant to bring kids of all ages together, such as a splash park, basketball court and chess tables.
Although not a transit village, bus service to New York City from Roselle is plentiful. Jitneys to nearby train stations in Linden or Roselle Park provide access to a swift commute to Manhattan.
Confident in her town’s appeal, Dansereau sums it up proudly.
“I call it a diamond in the rough,” she said.
— Susan Kronberg, NJ.com
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