Throughout Atlantic City, construction is underway to redevelop empty lots into new housing and commercial property.
"There are so many different investment going on in the city, many of which we've received grant funding for and I thought it was important for the public to understand what was coming online,” said the city’s planning and development director Elizabeth Terenik.
Wednesday, Terenik explained to a crowd of concerned residents what projects the city is prioritizing – like the Baltic Avenue Canal.
"It's a canal that runs all the way from Rhode Island Avenue, all the way to Atlantic. It drains a third of the city, 850 acres of the city drains and it hasn't worked properly in decades," said Terenik.
One of the new projects laid out Wednesday is a new seawall right here on the Absecon Inlet.
"It's called a Post-Sandy planning grant. The city's very fortunate to have received it and part of the area that will be planned is the Caspian Point, Gardner's Basin area, to be sure that area is flood resilient through the future," said Terenik.
Concerned citizens who packed into the library to hear came away mostly satisfied.
"I found it informative, to see exactly where they're pulling money from, what they're trying to do with it,” said lifelong residents Karen Paul.
"The questions that the community asked were very important and I think the director answered them with compassion and enthusiasm that satisfied most of us," said M.K. Thomas.
The projects highlighted Wednesday are funded mostly by grant money that the city will lose if the projects aren’t completed, and officials say they’re determined to use it, not lose it.
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