Thursday, May 14, 2009

DPW and "The Monarch"

Inquiring minds wondered why Plainfield Division of Public Works employees and heavy equipment could be seen on the senior center work site recently.

Were they working on a new sidewalk to get ready for the mayor's May 20 dedication?
No, City Administrator Marc Dashield explained that the work crew was installing conduits for future closed circuit television installation. The city wanted to do the work before the developer puts in a new sidewalk, Dashield said, to avoid having to break up the sidewalk later.
Among items on a "shovel-ready" list of projects for possible funding under the American Recovery and Rehabilitation Act of 2009 is a $345,000 allocation for "rehabilitation of vacant, unfinished space" in the former Tepper's building basement. The proposal is to establish a CCTV monitoring center and Community Policing offices there.
Downtown surveillance cameras to fight crime have been under discussion for at least 10 years.
Meanwhile, construction of The Monarch will bring not only a new senior center to the central business district, but also 63 condos on three upper floors.
The dedication of the new senior center is slated for 11 a.m. on May 20. The Monarch is located at 400 East Front Street, just across the street to the east of the current center in leased space at at 305 East Front Street.
--Bernice Paglia


Anonymous Anonymous said...

This construction phase needs some heavy equipments like crane trucks which plays a big role in the construction. I hope this project could be soon a reality for it can surely help in the community.

3:54 AM  
Blogger olddoc said...

Bernice, check back the past few months aand see if there was not a resolution passed using Enterprise zone or SID funds for the Tepper basement. Also was not money appropriated earlier for same?

The use of thye basement has come up so many times in the past that I can not remember what was or was not approved.

8:54 AM  
Blogger Bernice said...

Olddoc, I did check and did not see anything on recent agendas. It was on the city web site as an ARRA proposal. What was passed previously was a half-million dollar grant through Sen. Lautenberg that was about to expire. It was used quickly to make a shell in the basement with no indicated use.

9:11 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I hope they got the proper sidewalk building permits as I was FORCED to do, for a small repair job [$25 plus a hassle about insurance papers before it would be signed, thus costing me more $$ in delay] !! No they should not be exempt, no $$ maybe but when they get sued there needs to be a paper trail as I was told.

9:28 AM  

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