Construction is underway on a nearly $620,000 project to build an urban park that will help anchor Hackensack's long-term downtown revitalization efforts.
Known as Atlantic Street Park, the space will replace what is now an underutilized municipal parking lot with a small amphitheater and other amenities, according to a news release. The project is being done in partnership with DMR Architects, the Upper Main Street Alliance and Boswell Engineering.
City officials and business leaders gathered at the site Monday to break ground on the $617,000 project, the news release said. About $268,000 of that cost is being funded by a grant from Bergen County.
Aside from the amphitheater, the park will include grass areas, trellises, benches and street trees and lights that define the perimeter of the park along Warren, Atlantic and State streets.
“Every iconic city has an open space that serves as the heart of the community,” Hackensack Mayor John P. Labrosse Jr. said in a prepared statement. “Atlantic Street Park is the beginning of a comprehensive approach to creating a welcoming community and a vibrant economy.”
Local officials and business leaders have pushed in recent years to transform the city’s tired downtown, which has seen decline from its days as the commercial epicenter of Bergen County. The city in 2012 relaxed zoning laws and granted new height allowances within a 160-acre district surrounding Main Street, helping spur a handful of development projects that have broken ground or moved through the pipeline.
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