Officials hope to move forward with a proposed bridge connecting Downtown Newark and Ironbound
Newark, NJ — When Brick City’s own Queen Latifah said, “I feel very positive about Newark's future, but I know we need a lot of help,” she was onto something. And over the past few years, the “makeover” has been underway in Newark — one of the nation’s most historic cities.
After years of decay, two years ago the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey both agreed to spend a whopping $2.7 billion to give Newark’s airport a much-deserved makeover.
Now, the city sets its sights on constructing a state-of-the-art pedestrian bridge.
Last month, the Newark Municipal Council introduced the Mulberry Commons pedestrian bridge project, which had been in the works for well over a decade. If passed, Newarkers will now be able to walk between the Ironbound neighborhood, Newark Penn Station and the Mulberry Commons Park.
The proposed bridge with its $110 million price tag, according to a report:
Calls for authorizing municipal subsidies to “fund deficiencies in a debt reserve fund” related to mass transit access tax revenue bonds in order to finance the proposal and “pay the principal of and interest on” up to $15 million worth of project notes.
In short, with Newark serving as the largest city in the Garden State, it seems appropriate to give the state’s cultural center a makeover. After all, Newark is the third oldest city in America — making it truly one of the nation's most iconic cities.