It was originally thought the redevelopment of Times Square might begin following the 2021 season. However, at the request of the Times Square business owners, that time frame is being pushed back one year.
In comments submitted to the town, Times Square business owners would like the extra time to make up some of the revenue lost following a season of Red Tide and the pandemic that forced them to close early in 2020. That one-two punch hurt income for every small business as they struggled to follow ever-changing government rules on how and when they could open, how many people they were allowed to serve and who had to wear a mask.
In addition to leveling out the Times Square walkway (which at one time not too long ago was a road), fire, water, and stormwater utilities will be upgraded as part of the installation of the new hardscape. Some of the business owners in the area were worried that construction work, immediately in front of their business, would lead to additional revenue declines so they requested the additional time before construction begins.
The renovation of Times Square is one of three major renovation projects the town is borrowing $10 million to help pay for. Bayside Park, located between Nervous Nellie’s and Snug Harbor, will also see a facelift and Bay Oaks will be substantially upgraded.
The delay in the Times Square project will also give the town more time to apply for grants to help fund the project.