Carteret, NJ – Mayor Dan Reiman and the Carteret Business Partnership, Inc. (CBP) have announced that the Washington Avenue Parking Garage has reached midway in its ongoing construction. The 450-space parking garage began construction in October of 2015.
The $9 million project, funded by the CBP, is part of the larger mixed-use development project which will include residential and commercial space for retail businesses and restaurants. It is the latest project in the ongoing revitalization of the Washington Avenue Business District. The site is located at the center of what will be the Borough’s new Arts District.
The Redeveloper, “Cooke Avenue Developers” is utilizing 100% union construction for the project. The footings, foundations, and excavations are completed and currently a 220 ft. tall crane is placing the individual precast pieces into place. The next step will be the installation to include electrical and mechanical equipment.
“We are fortunate that the weather has been clear as the laborers continue to work through winter,” said Mayor Reiman. “We anticipate the construction to be done within the next few months.”
The parking garage will be available to use by tenants, retailers, and other Washington Avenue commercial space users, including customers and business owners, as well as patrons for the future performing arts center.
The entrance to the garage will be on High Street, with pedestrian access from both High Street and Washington Avenue. Once completed, the parking garage will be eight levels high, and include two full service elevators and three staircases. Also, the parking garage will have a coordinated open exterior façade to allow fresh air and light into the space.