Reported crime in Rahway dipped about 1.5 percent last year, as nonviolent crime inched up while violent crime dropped by a third. Countywide, reported crime rose about 2 percent, according to figures for 2016.
The arts can often be the linchpin to redevelopment efforts in many towns, some successful and some not so much. Arts organizations had a tough time slogging through the recession, especially smaller local and regional nonprofits. The Union County Performing Arts Center (UCPAC) has always been one of the key targets for downtown redevelopment in Rahway.
A new services agreement for the Rahway Water Treatment Plant will be the subject of a public hearing during a special meeting
of City Council on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. in the library.
The Planning Board gave the green light for a five-story, 219-unit rental apartment complex to be constructed on Main Street adjacent to City Hall Plaza, SDI Technologies and Rahway Plaza Apartments.
The 119 properties being studied for potential redevelopment have a total assessed value of $30.733 million, generating property taxes last year of about $1.898 million. Collectively, the properties comprise about 57 acres.
Rahway’s total taxable value nudged up slightly last year, highlighted by a sharp increase in apartment assessments thanks to a new building on the tax rolls, and a dip among industrial property due to lower assessments on Merck properties.
Demolition of a string of East Cherry Street buildings could begin by the end of the month, making way for construction later this year of a 45-unit project called The Gramercy.