5 developers make pitch for prime Middletown riverfront property

After launching a request for proposals two years ago, the city is poised to examine five applications from developers with ideas for reusing three plots near the riverfront — an area considered a “cornerstone for redevelopment.” Since the original request for qualifications was sent out in March 2020, when the pandemic began, Mayor Ben Florsheim said, some changes have occurred. The pedestrian connection to the waterfront was lost when Route 9 was constructed, but it is a key component of the city’s vision, Peterson said. The city prides itself on its walkability with a vibrant downtown area full of shops, restaurants and other attractions. Members hope to complete interviews of the candidates within the next few weeks.


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