Gopal, Houghtaling, & Downey Announce $13,000 Grant Awarded to Red Bank RiverCenter

RED BANK - Senator Vin Gopal and Assembly Members Eric Houghtaling and Joann Downey announced $13,000 in state funding awarded to Red Bank RiverCenter, a Red Bank-based nonprofit that works to promote local merchants, recruit business, stage downtown events, and beautify streetscapes.

The funding, which was approved under the Main Street New Jersey District Transformation Grant program, will provide funds to enhance safety and amenities for pedestrians and strengthen the connections between Red Bank’s arts, the river and its people. The award will also provide funds for lighting, benches, landscaping and two murals.

“The RiverCenter’s contributions have been invaluable in revitalizing and expanding Red Bank’s economic renaissance, and I look forward to seeing what its experienced staff can do with these new resources,” said Houghtaling (D-Neptune).

“This funding is a great opportunity for local residents, businesses, tourists, and investors alike,” said Downey (D-Freehold). “From new lighting to fresh landscaping and murals, this grant can go a long way toward beautifying Red Bank’s downtown and making it safer and more attractive for visitors and businesses alike.”

Main Street New Jersey (MSNJ) is a comprehensive revitalization program that promotes the historic and economic redevelopment of traditional business districts in New Jersey. Established in 1989 to encourage and support the revitalization of downtown areas throughout the state, the program accepts applications from communities across New Jersey every two years seeking funding through the grants it offers.

In deciding which communities to receive grants, MSNJ used four elements to evaluate potential recipients: civic value, economic value, place value and visual appearance, and social value. Communities that receive these grants can go on to protect and strengthen their existing tax base, attract new businesses to their Main Street districts, create new jobs for local residents, and preserve historic buildings highly valued by the community.

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