Streetscape project begins
Improvements to English Plaza / White Street
RED BANK, NJ (May 20, 2019)– A streetscape project to improve English Plaza and the adjacent White Street began today.
“The White Street and English Plaza / Streetscape Project will improve traffic flow and provide better access to all businesses, shops and restaurants on West Front Street, White Street and in English Plaza,” said James Scavone, Executive Director of Red Bank RiverCenter. “The project is a joint effort of the business community and the Borough of Red Bank.”
In the plans are new ADA accessible sidewalks and curbs, ten additional parking spots, new lighting and landscaping, and better drainage and stormwater management. The finished project will complement RiverCenter’s previous streetscape projects on Broad Street and Monmouth Street.
The project has an expected construction completion date of August 31, 2019. Most of the project area will remain open to traffic for the majority of the construction, with the exception of localized closures for safety reasons. The final paving of White Street and English Plaza is anticipated in early September.
“When completed, all users of all abilities - pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers - will have a safer, more pleasing thoroughfare from Riverside Gardens Park to Monmouth Street,” said Ziad Shehady, Red Bank Borough Administrator. “The Borough is proud to support another project to improve our designated business improvement district. Together we are able to accomplish more.”
Area business will remain open throughout the Streetscape project. The contractor is required to provide access to each business during all phases of the work. Additionally, the contractor may only close a limited number of parking spaces each day.
Information about the Streetscape Project is available at www.redbankstreetscape.com
The work is being done by Seacoast Construction Company, East Brunswick, NJ. The contract amount is $1,533,876. The project is being funded by Red Bank RiverCenter, the Borough of Red Bank, and private donations. Red Bank River Center has secured a no interest loan from the NJ Department of Consumer Affairs.
The English Plaza/White Street Streetscape Project area is a key access point for commercial, business and visitor traffic to Red Bank. It includes the public parking lot between West Front Street and White Street as well as the approximately 340-foot section of White Street from Broad Street to just passed the Investor’s Bank.
The purpose of the project is to provide a safe and efficient access for all modes of travel within the English Plaza / White Street streetscape area as well as provide parking. Other goals of the project:
This is the third streetscape project initiated by RiverCenter and supported by the business community. Previous projects include the installation of brick pavers, new curbing, and lighting on Broad Street (1998) and Monmouth Street (2002).
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About Red Bank
Red Bank is an all-season destination to residents and visitors who look to retreat to the New Jersey coastline for relaxation without compromising their craving for culture. The town's rich historical roots, combined with world-class shopping, outdoor fairs, and festivals, are just some of the reason’s families and friends journey to the riverside town. Traditional and contemporary art galleries, award-winning theaters and performing arts venues, gourmet and casual dining, luxury boutique hotels and pristine landscapes exemplify why residents and visitors, near and far, choose Red Bank. https://www.redbank.org/
About Red Bank RiverCenter
The Red Bank RiverCenter is a 501c3 not-for-profit alliance of local businesses, property owners, residents, and other stakeholders working to enhance and promote Red Bank’s downtown district as a mid-Atlantic destination for dining, shopping, and culture. RiverCenter helms the town’s Special Improvement District to promote Red Bank businesses through special promotions. Since 1991, RiverCenter has supported the business community by recruiting new businesses to fill commercial vacancies and helping them navigate the various start-up procedures in town. For more information, please visit: http://www.redbank.org/rivercenter/, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call 732-842-4244.