A new hotel for Carriage City Plaza, renaming a downtown space as Tesla Square, and a pop-up youth community center were among the highlights of the 2017 State of the City address on Thursday night.
The 100-year-old VFW Post 681 building on Campbell Street will be demolished for more parking for the Gateway YMCA-Rahway Branch.
Fencing surrounds three East Cherry Street buildings that could be demolished as early as next week.
Rahway’s overall assessed value is about 7 percent off since the recession with assessed values of apartments and industrial properties heading in opposite directions while commercial assessments are almost back to pre-recession levels.
City Council renewed an $80,000 contract with the Union County Performing Arts Center to provide “technical and programming assistance” for downtown events and certain programs offered at the facility.
Competition, geography, demographics. It all adds up to an uphill battle on the supermarket front for Rahway.
There is renewed interest from a developer in the Sky View at Carriage City Plaza building downtown.
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.