Altman Playground Storm Damage Project (Complete) Positioned on the Absecon Inlet, the popular playground, basketball & tennis courts, beachfront fishing and picnic location was decimated by SuperStorm Sandy in 2012. Although cleanup efforts rendered the site usable again, a consensus was achieved for significant rehabilitation. This direction was further enhanced by the reconstruction of the Absecon Inlet boardwalk and seawall directly adjacent to Altman Playground. The $600,000 project, funded by FEMA disaster recovery funds and Community Development Block Grants, was completed in November 2015.
Maryland Avenue Road Paving and Bike Lanes Connecting the Marina to the Neighborhoods The original project included paving Maryland Avenue from Brigantine Boulevard to Pacific Avenue. However, the project came in under budget and the Engineering Department moved quickly to get approval from the funder, NJ Department of Transportation to use the remaining funds to build, stripe and sign a bike lane from Brigantine Boulevard to Absecon Boulevard. The entire project was $1M, funded entirely by the grant.
In February 2016, work began on the Atlantic Avenue Streetscape project between Indiana and MLK Avenues. The $450,000 project is funded by a NJ Department of Transportation grant and includes curb cuts, granite pavers, new concrete, trees, benches and lighting. The City also received a grant award for the next block, between MLK and Kentucky Avenues.
To view the planned improvements and also a concept plan for bike lanes, view this video.
Baltic Ave Drainage Canal Presentation will Alleviate Flooding for City.
The project that was designed in 1903 and built in 1913 is undergoing major renovations to restore functionality to this 13’ wide underground storage duct for storm water. It works with sluice gates and gravity, and serves as a holding tank during high tides when the stormwater can not drain to bay. The project is funded by a combination of FEMA, US Economic Development Authority, Community Development Block Grant and capital funds. An additional $6M grant was received for pumps to provide extra capacity to the system. The project’s expected completion date is December 2017.
Chelsea Heights Turf Fields and Recreation Complex. This $2.25M project is along the bayfront in the City’s Chelsea Heights residential neighborhood. The project was funded almost entirely by grants: Atlantic County Open Space Program, NJ Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program, and HUD Community Development Block Grant funds.
The project includes state of the art synthetic turf regulation soccer and baseball/softball sports fields with appropriate player and spectator support facilities as well as complimentary passive recreational opportunities such as jogging/biking paths and concession/restroom building. High level lighting for organized competitive sports along with pedestrian level fixtures for safety and will infuse the site with illumination year round.
The project also includes improvements to the existing Filbert Avenue Overlook which was designed and constructed as a strategic vantage point to observe the natural beauty of the marine tidal marsh and back bay waterways.