MAYOR DIAZ SHARES HOW PERTH AMBOY USED
LOCAL RESOURCES AND CREATIVITY FOR DOWNTOWN IMPROVEMENTS
PERTH AMBOY, NJ—Mayor Wilda Diaz is proud to announce the improvements and repairs in the downtown district to enhance our commuter environment and shopping experience for our residents and visitors alike.
In the past several months over $750K of both capital budget and grant funds have been invested in milling and paving roads and ADA compliant upgrades to curbs throughout the City. The Department of Public Works has also power washed downtown streets and completed the gum buster program this summer.
Repainting and landscape improvements have also beautified our Train Station through the work of the Parking Utility.
“I want to thank all of the volunteers and staff members who help make these small projects, a big difference in our community. We are taking advantage of the City’s prime location, local resources and creativity to develop economic opportunities that can serve as a source of revitalization, said Mayor Wilda Diaz.”
Traffic Maintenance has re-launched a city-wide repainting program to begin Monday, June 29th and the street sign replacement program will follow. The Perth Amboy Police Department is also strictly enforcing Noise Ordinance Chapter 304 to ensure the quality of life for residents, as increased reports of loud noise tend to occur during the summer months.
Additionally, the $2M new Hobart Street mixed-use project is now complete. The project included the conversion of office space to 36 residential apartments and retail space on the first floor. The building is now leasing and will support the City’s efforts to revitalize the downtown and better utilize the train station.
The Business Improvement District granted over $20K to nine local businesses for façade improvements and will soon be releasing the in-house designed 2015 Eateries Guide (wallet-size) to the public. In addition, the Urban Enterprise Zone and the City Council approved the installation of 400 city customized banners throughout the various commercial districts that represent the character of the Perth Amboy community.
It is also with great pride that we introduce the “El Dorado Mobile Mural” project, born out of a desire to improve, rehabilitates, and encourages love for the arts in our community. The project was launched last week in the downtown area at a vacant corner property on Smith Street. It displays large scales of conceptual artwork on six panel boards representing four interpretations of “A Hunger-Artist” essay by Franz Kafka and by a well-known Japanese print “The Great Wave off Kanazawa” by Katsushika Hokusai. This first-time project was completed in collaboration with the Board of Education, the Office of Recreation and the Arts and City Council to beautify the community for the surrounding businesses and homeowners.
Lastly, in the upcoming weeks, the gateway entrance of the City on Smith Street and Convery Boulevard will display an 8’x40’ mural painted by students and volunteers at the Arts Festival held on Memorial Day weekend.