Lakewood Officials to Hold Public Forum to Seek Input about Downtown

Posted on July 30, 2012 By

The Lakewood Township Committee is holding a public forum to discuss issues and solutions that pertain to growth and development of Lakewood’s downtown business district Monday, August 20, 2012, at 6:30 p.m. in the auditorium, Lakewood Municipal Building, 231 Third Street.

Topics will include business-oriented quality of life issues, such as parking policies, banners and signage enforcement, and the appearance and cleanliness of storefronts, among other areas of concern for downtown business owners and shoppers.

Steve Reinman, deputy municipal manager and director of the Office of Economic Development for Lakewood, says, “If you are a shopper, business owner, or landlord in the downtown and have an opinion, then you should be heard because we will be developing and implementing policy changes that will make the downtown better and will create a more pleasant experience for everyone.

“We have heard the collective call for more parking and have built numerous new lots to accommodate the shoppers and other visitors to downtown. The next step is to make sure policies and practices are put in place to see that the investment pays off for all of Lakewood –  business owners and customers, taxpayers and visitors. Lakewood’s downtown is a great asset, and the township committee is taking steps to ensure that we maximize its value.”

Committee members are requesting that interested parties submit any topics that should be addressed no later than August 10, 2012, by contacting Susie or Cindy in the Manager’s Office at (732) 364-2500 Ext. 5200.

Anyone wishing to make public comments at the meeting must pre-register by emailing or call 732-364-2500 Ext. 5200 no later than August 10, 2012. Each speaker will be allowed up to four minutes at the microphone.