Hoboken Mayor Dawn Zimmer, Freeholder Anthony Romano (D-5), Council President Jen Giattino, other officials and local business owners unveiled the Newark Street Plaza at a ribbon cutting ceremony this morning.
“This project is really about creating space for our community. As you can see we have a lot of Adirondack chairs and tables and as soon as we put these chair out residents were coming and sitting down and enjoying it. So it’s something that is a benefit to our residents, to our visitors and something that supports our local businesses,” Zimmer said.
The plaza, located on Newark Street and Washington Street features widened sidewalk which accommodates more than 3,000 pedestrians at peak times, curb bump outs for pedestrian safety and the restoration of the historic Belgian block roadway.
The plaza also includes street trees and bistro tables and chairs .
U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ) helped secure the majority of the funding through a $240,000 federal appropriation.
The project also received a $118,000 grant from the NJ DOT through the Transportation Enhancement Program.
Hudson County Executive Tom DeGise referred to the plaza as “a county road right in the heart of downtown Hoboken” in a statement.