East Cherry Street lighting project

Work is expected to begin this week on the East Cherry Street lighting project, which should be completed by the end of August.

City Council, at its May meeting, awarded a $90,600 contract to the lowest responsible bidder, Rahway-based Berto Construction.

City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier said there had been complaints about the existing electric gas lamps which were difficult to maintain and costly to operate. They will be replaced with gas electric lamps.

Funds for streetscape improvements will come from federal Community Development Block Grants (CDBG), according to Pelissier.

Here’s a story from MyCentralJersey.com last month about a local merchant worried that the lighting project and related utility work will disrupt business.

Effort to revive chamber of commerce

Nearly a decade after it dissolved, the Rahway Chamber of Commerce is making a comeback. The Chamber will host its first meeting, open to the public and non-members, Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the Masonic Temple on Irving Street.

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Agency may buy burned out E. Cherry property

Although 65 E. Cherry St. may be beyond repair, the Redevelopment Agency might make an offer on the property.

City Administrator and Redevelopment Director Peter Pelissier told commissioners at their meeting earlier this month that the property may be worth $75,000 but demolition costs could run as much as $65,000.

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Amphitheater groundbreaking expected in fall

City Council last month authorized bid specifications for construction of the Hamilton Street amphitheater. The project is expected to break ground in September.

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Carriage City settlement: Still talking

Redevelopment Agency commissioners went into executive session at their monthly meeting Wednesday night to discuss ongoing talks with Carriage City Properties (CCP) about a settlement agreement.

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