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ATLANTIC CITY COMMUNITY NEEDS RECEIVE HIGH PRIORITY AT CRDA APRIL BOARD MEETING
Funding for infrastructure, culture, community and childcare projects receive unanimous support
ATLANTIC CITY, NJ (April 15, 2014) — The needs of the City of Atlantic City and its residents received a boost as the CRDA Board took action to approve several positive measures which will impact those who live and work in the resort destination.
The City’s two main thoroughfares, Pacific and Atlantic Avenues received Board approval on individual improvement projects. The Pacific Avenue Resurfacing Project was awarded to L. Ferriozzi Concrete Company of Atlantic City, NJ. The $7.5 million dollar project will operate in two phases, from Hartford to Missouri Avenues, with a concentration from Missouri to Texas Avenues and from New Jersey to Indiana Avenues with a concentration on New Jersey to South Carolina Avenues.
The initial work to bring all pedestrian corners into ADA compliance and the installation of empty conduits for future fiber optics on both phases will be completed by August 28, 2014. Additionally, the installation of 29 new street lights between Georgia and Texas Avenues; and between Pacific Avenue and the Boardwalk on Florida, Belleview and Texas Avenues are included in this first phase of the project. Mill and pave work along Pacific Avenue will begin in mid-September and be completed no later than January 31, 2015.
The 1300 block of Atlantic Avenue will begin to see façade improvement activity. Today’s CRDA Board action awarded the general construction contract to Shore Building Contractors of Hammonton, NJ. It is anticipated that by August, six blocks of Atlantic Avenue from the 1300 to the 1700 block will be in some phase of façade improvement. The CRDA has reserved more than $6 million in funding for this project and is also partnering with the Atlantic County Improvement Authority to assist participating landlords in funding interior improvements as well.
The CRDA Board took action to approve necessary HVAC improvements at the James L. Usry Day Care Center, a federally approved headstart facility. The systems were in dire need of repair, having not been maintained properly by the former operators of the day care center. The Board approved the contract award to A.A.Duckett, Inc.
Beautifying Atlantic City takes many forms, from landscaping barren corners to development of vacant land. CRDA is moving forward with a project to create a three-tiered Citywide Mural Arts program that would feature tourism district murals, neighborhood murals and storefront murals. The Citywide Mural and Public Art Project will implement quality mural projects which reflect the core of their locations. In the Tourism District, murals will be located at high visibility locations and designed to enhance the visitor experience and create new photo opportunities. In the neighborhoods, murals will emphasize community, youth engagement, beautification and neighborhood pride. A storefront mural program allows for the beautification of empty storefronts and the activation of office window space to create vibrancy and activity. CRDA is proposing an allocation of $500,000 and plans to partner with Atlantic County for implementation.
Residents and visitors will be able to enjoy even more free public concerts in August. The CRDA is proposing to host a summer concert series with locations on the beach and on the Boardwalk that will complement the full slate of free, fun summer activities planned by the Atlantic City Alliance. The proposed CRDA Summer Concert series will feature nine events throughout August, with one date in September.
The CRDA Board also took action on several other items, moving forward initiatives to attract additional air service to ACY, design of the Public Marketplace, and a four-phase improvement project for the Tropicana.
Board actions will take effect following the expiration of the Governor’s statutory review period.
About the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority (CRDA) www.njcrda.com
The only agency of its kind nationwide- the CRDA has used Atlantic City casino reinvestments as a catalyst for meaningful, positive improvement in the lives of New Jersey residents statewide, investing nearly $2 billion in more than 400 projects statewide. Under the 2011Tourism District legislation, CRDA responsibilities have expanded to include Land Use Regulation, Clean and Safe initiatives, attracting and retaining conventions and meetings at the Atlantic City Convention Center and Boardwalk Hall and partnership with the Atlantic City Alliance to market and attract visitors to Atlantic City.