BERKELEY HEIGHTS, NJ - TAPinto Berkeley Heights continues our "Weekly Catch-up with Mayor Angie Devanney" series.
In this week's edition, Mayor Angie Devanney talks about progress with the municipal complex construction, the amendment to the redevelopment agreement between the Township and Epic (municipal complex developer) and COVID-19 update with last week's reporting of active cases in young adults.
The inside space of the municipal complex is taking shape. "There's a young adult section that's taking form," said Mayor Devanney. She said it will be equipped with lounging furniture and games. "We finally have a place for our teens to go and be together in a safe space." She also mentioned the senior space. "This is their space where they are going to have their meetings and maybe play bingo." She also described the recreation space and the big multipurpose room. "I really felt excited that this is going to be a gem of the community."
The township renegotiated a tighter redevelopment agreement with Epic for the municipal complex which includes phase 2 of the demolition of the existing building and the paving of the parking lot. "It [new contract] sets new dates for completion for the building. --- As floors are going to be completed, we're going to be able to hopefully utilize them. --- It also sets stiffer penalties for any delays by the developer, which is really important," said Mayor Devanney. --- "It also protects the township from those same sort of weather delays. For example, if for phase two, the parking lot can't be paved because it's cold, it's snowing, that kind of thing and the developer has to come back in a subsequent year or month we're not going to be penalized for mobilization or something of that nature. --- I think it's a great contract that really tightened up some things that needed to be tightened up."
Related article: Berkeley Heights Municipal Complex Financial Update, July 2020
The completion dates for the project are as follows (barring any unforeseen delays)
- Second Floor completion: August 31
- First Floor completion: September 17
- TCO (temporary Certificate of Occupancy) or CO (Certificate of Occupancy) for building (substantial completion): October 23
- Phase Two substantial completion: December 30
COVID-19: In general, what I'm seeing is this relaxation of wearing the mask, said Mayor Devanney. If you can't socially distance, wear a mask! "So, look, if you're heading into the store, please remember to put on your mask."
She explained the culprit of the latest cases is travel. "Whether it was folks traveling to other states that are a hotspot, or going down to the Jersey Shore, [and I want people to vacation, and I want them to enjoy the Jersey Shore], just remember when you're in those circumstances, where you're closely together, you're not six feet apart, you have to wear the mask or find a way to socially distance and certainly use hand sanitizer. You don't want to see these five new community cases become 10 or 20," she said.
Currently, there are no active cases in Berkeley Heights.
Visit the Berkeley Heights Township website for Coronavirus updates and resources.
Berkeley Heights COVID-19 Numbers as of August 30, 2020:
0 active cases
- 0 Vulnerable Population Institutions
- 0 Community cases
289 closed cases
- 137 LTC Recovered
- 93 Community recovered (approximately)
- 55 LTC Deaths and
- 4 BH Resident Deaths
Total of 289 Cases in Berkeley Heights
Stay Local Reminders:
- The following restaurants in town are open for outdoor seating -- DiMaio’s, Delicious Heights, Trap Rock, Sub Zone, Strega, Marcello’s and Grain & Cain. More restaurants coming with outdoor seating; meanwhile, please remember to order TAKEOUT and pick up curbside from all of our other restaurants!
- Be sure to patronize our other local businesses as much as possible and support them as we work to help them all reopen soon!
- Berkeley Heights is reopening! Visit the new Reopening Berkeley Heights page on the township website, with all of the latest information on reopening Berkeley Heights and New Jersey, here.
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