Grant: $453,227 - Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development - Jul. 31, 2009
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Award Description: Community Development Block Grant - Recovery Program Funds will be used in conjunction with County and Urban Enterprise (UEZ) monies as a catalyst to spur economic development for the Central Avenue Streetscape Project. Central Avenue is the major retail corridor in the city. The development includes street paving, new sidewalks and facade treatments along the entire expanse.
Project Description: Central Avnue is East Orange's largest shopping and business district. The last streetscape improvement was in the early 1970?s. Over the years a combination of heavy foot traffic and bad weather has taken its toll on the pavers that are now cracked or broken in many sections. On street parking was reduced with the prior streetscape plan causing many shoppers to park in private unsecured lots. Tree planters and City bench rest areas are now blighted and need to be replaced or refurbished. The City of East Orange has contracted a professional service consultant to provide a comprehensive design plus provide construction inspection services for the completion of the Central Avenue streetscape improvements. This project will extend from the border of Orange and East Orange heading east to South Munn Avenue including both sides of Central Avenue. The streetscape design and construction on Central Avenue business district will provide the following: . Present a positive and attractive image of the area. . Reflect the diverse charter of the area, its people, its history and architecture. . Strengthen pedestrian linkages within the primary and adjacent corridors. . Provide an attractive safe urban environment that functions well, and is inviting for new businesses, consumers, residents and visitors.
Jobs Summary: 22 FTE Construction Jobs are being created in during the intitial development period and another 14 jobs is esimated to be created as a result of new retail in the district. (Total jobs reported: 36)
Project Status: Less Than 50% Completed
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