“Today is a big step for the future of this place. This is a key moment in making sure that Historic Richmond Town is alive for generations to come,” Borough President James Oddo told guests gathered in the County Courthouse on the grounds, out of the rain, just before the actual groundbreaking. New sidewalks, street lamps and paved roads are among the improvements. Utility upgrades, including electric, data, telephone and sewer will also be completed.
Borough President Oddo has allocated $1,050,000 while in the City Council and $480,000 since taking office as BP. Another $1,032,000 was allocated by BP Molinaro when he was in office.
The complex will also switch from septic to sewer, which will allow it to accommodate bigger crowds during its signature events.
“This was the mercantile center of the island and has changed over the years,” noted Ed Wiseman, Executive Director of Historic Richmond Town. “We are continuing to grow and change. You can't be stagnant and dead and serve the public.”