Bell Building a shell of its former self

Construction began last month to turn the Bell Building on Hamilton Street into a black box theater, a little at a time (photo left), until last week when several of walls were knocked out (photo below).

The City Council on Monday night approved an amended bond ordinance, by an 8-0-1 vote, increasing the authorized borrowing for the Arts District project from $8.5 million to $10.1 million. There was no comment from council members or the public; 6th Ward Councilman Samson Steinman abstained.

Also approved unanimously Monday night, without any comment from members of the council or the public, was a $200,000 bond ordinance that includes funds for the demolition of 65 E. Cherry St. and the installation of a fence surrounding The Savoy site and a $1-million bond ordinance that includes $165,000 for the police assistance center on East Cherry Street.

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The Rahway Chamber of Commerce will host a networking event/membership drive on Tuesday from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at The Waiting Room, 66 E. Cherry St. Admission is free.