Last night, the City of Newark celebrated the conclusion of a 14-month construction and infrastructure improvement project during the "Welcome Back to Main Street" event. Joined by state and local leaders, Mayor Jerry Clifton cut the ribbon on the new and improved iconic mile-long stretch of road.
The Mayor thanked local business owners for their patience and fortitude since the project began in early 2019. "When I look around today, I’m proud of what I see," he said. "The real credit for Newark being the Main Street that it is rests on the business community and I sincerely thank them."
Following the ribbon cutting ceremony, more than a dozen restaurants expanded their outdoor seating onto the street to accommodate a higher capacity while continuing to practice safe social distancing. Retailers hosted sidewalk sales and nonprofit organizations shared information on local programs and global issues.
"The Newark Partnership is committed to enhancing the City we love so much," said Chair of TNP, Polly Sierer. "It was an honor to co-host Welcome Back to Main Street and I encourage residents and neighbors to continue to support our small businesses often."
Many food and drink establishments will continue to offer expanded outdoor seating through the summer. The City of Newark is also considering additional similar Main Street events in the future.