The streetscape improvements for the North Beach Business District along Atlantic Avenue between Weymouth and Surrey Avenues are expected to begin this month.
Ocean Construction of Marmora will complete the work, which will be funded largely through a grant from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
The improvements include new sidewalks, strategically planted trees, bike racks, new trash and recycling containers, decorative street lights as well as a boardwalk accents by new seating areas.
The improvements will create a safer and more enjoyable experience for pedestrians, business owners, bicyclists and drivers.
Plans to demolish and rebuild the City’s second firehouse continue to progress.
The existing facility has deteriorated and would need to undergo costly immediate repairs to make it livable and structurally sound. Furthermore, the structure would not meet FEMA requirements for critical infrastructure.
The City is required to have two firehouses to comply with National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) standards that dictate response time requirements. Having a second location also reduces fire insurance costs for homeowners.
Ventnor’s second firehouse is particularly essential to the Ventnor Heights area and enables the department to respond to emergencies if the Dorset Avenue Bridge was impassable.