Princeton City Manager Mike Webb

PRINCETON — After a year in which COVID-19 seriously affected city plans,Princeton city officials are hoping to get back on track in 2021.

City Manager Mike Webb said on Wednesday,"The plans for the Municipal Complex as were so many other projects throughout the country were affected by the coronavirus. We plan to move forward with the project as conditions will allow us and,hopefully, complete it."

Other projects on the city's 2021 agenda, he said, include the Rogers Street storm drain project; the installation of LED lights on city streets and drainage drop inlets along city streets and intersections.

As for Mercer Street, he said,"On Mercer Street, we'll continue to work on getting a year-round Farmers Market developed as well as a new parking area for both shoppers and visitors. This will coincide with further development of the Historic District near the Railroad Museum."

Other economically oriented programs include vacant lot development, the city's 100 percent B & O Tax incentive for new s, tourism development and the establishment of an Economic Development Authority for Princeton.

While the local celebrations which have been part of the city landscape fell victim to COVID-19 last year, Webb said the city was looking forward to them this year.

He concluded by saying,"2020 was a very challenging year for the City of Princeton. We hope 2021 is a calmer and healthier time. Princeton continues to grow and reach for new goals in terms of cultural and economic development plus healthier lifestyles. We have leaders in and out of government who are dedicated towards doing that. 2021 appears very bright for the city and what it has to offer those who live here and those who come to visit."

Jeff Harvey is a freelance reporter and columnist for the Princeton Times. Contact him at delimartman@yahoo.com.

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