Long Branch: The Urban Enterprise Zone bi-monthly meeting on June 18 was a budget analysis and status of projects session with a UEZ Police report by Officer Joe Graziano.
Chairman Todd Katz said new band shell in West End Park was in service and met its Memorial Day weekend deadline. The old gazebo was torn down and a new band shell constructed on the southeast corner of the park for a wider listening scope and much better acoustics.
The June 9, Blues by the Beach season opener was well attended by more than 300 visitors. Restaurants were busy and plenty of folks were strolling and shopping. Thursday June 13ths, music event at Festival Plaza (Pier Village) was moved to the high school due to storms that night. About 100 people or so talk the walk from Pier Village to the school.
New Digital Signs
The UEZ digital sign project is under way with signs planned for City Hall, Manahassett Creek Park and West End Park.
Downtown Lower Broadway Spruce Up
Lower Broadway is being targeted for a significant clean-up effort and appearance improvements. Signage, frontage and façades will be addressed and a general sprucing up of the area will take place.
The improvements will be quick and low cost. Business Administrator Howard Woolley said they are also talking with interested developers. The city wants to see the future developers take a role in shaping up the area.
Transit Village Plan
There has been some passing interest by developers for the Third Ave. train station neighborhoods i.e. Transit Village plan which would revitalize that section of the City. More to follow.
Shuttle service has hit some rough spots. For now, only one shuttle is available, not two like last year. The plan is to get back on track ASAP, and have a third route that includes the Monmouth University go into service soon.
UEZ Director Jacob Jones said some of the planters were placed in front of West End and Broadway businesses. There are still more available for those businesses interested.
More Sandy Financial Help
Kate Billings said there might be more financial help for those who were impacted by Sandy. Call www.renewjerseystronger.org for information. The first program, Homeowner Resettlement, may pay $10,000. The second program, Homeowner Reconstruction, Rehabilitation, Elevation and Mitigation may pay $150,000.