Thursday, May 14, 2009
Inquiring minds wondered why Plainfield Division of Public Works employees and heavy equipment could be seen on the senior center work site recently.
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.