EAST BRUNSWICK, NJ - Contemporary communications rolled into town tonight as Mayor Brad Cohen held the first live-streaming town hall meeting on Facebook to address residents' questions about the redevelopment plans for East Brunswick.
Cohen's hour-long address outlined the proposed plans for implementation of travel centers and multi-use properties in the redevelopment zone which lies between the Exit 9 on the New Jersey Turnpike and Ferris Street on Route 18 South.
The Facebook post was shared 21 times and more than 70 people posted questions regarding redevelopment. Most comments were positive an related to the topic at hand. The focused nature of the conversation led to an online discussion of East Brunswick's direction for the future.
Cohen discussed the incentives for local commercial property owners to put more effort into developing or revisioning their properties that have not been upgraded for decades. Some residents expressed their concerns, citing the impact on small businesses in the zone that would be impacted by the redevelopment plan. They said that they will express their concerns at the Town Council meeting on July 24.
Cohen plans to speak about an additional specific topic monthly so that residents learn through "an open line of communication from the mayor," said Jonathan Sternesky, East Brunswick's Economic Development Officer.