14 Jan ***CMC Herald*** W. Wildwood Business District to Get LED Streetlights
WEST WILDWOOD – At the January 6 West Wildwood Commissioners meeting, Mayor Matt Ksiazek said the business district would get some new lighting thanks to the borough’s participation in the Urban Enterprise Zone (UEZ).
The commissioners introduced Ordinance 606-2023, adopting state provisions for participation in the Enterprise Zone Development Corporation (EZDC) of the Wildwoods.
At the January 6 meeting, Ksiazek said the business district would receive streetlight upgrades through the UEZ. Contacted for clarification January 9, Ksiazek said, “We submitted an application to the NJ (New Jersey) UEZ Board to upgrade the streetlights to LED within our business district overlay area. This does not include the entire town, only within our UEZ business district overlay. The UEZ funds would pay for the purchase of the new lights from Atlantic City Electric. Installation of the upgraded lights would work in conjunction with Atlantic City Electric.”
Ksiazek said the borough is still waiting for official approval from the New Jersey UEZ board for that specific project.
The EZDC is a nonprofit corporation responsible for administering the activities of the Joint Urban Enterprise Zone, which, in this case, includes Wildwood, North Wildwood, Wildwood Crest and West Wildwood. Wildwood is the incorporating member.
Per the state Department of Community Affairs website, “The UEZ Program exists to foster an economic climate that revitalizes designated urban communities and stimulates their growth by encouraging businesses to develop and create private sector jobs through public and private investment.”