Thursday, March 09, 2006
Save Tillie.... Again?  
I just came across Kate Mellina's January 12th column on

According to the column, the sloppy plywood sheds that Asbury Partners put over Tillie and the bumper car girl murals were falling apart. Back in August, they had been checked out by a conservator hired by SaveTillie and a report of what needed to be done was issued (proper ventilation so that mold doesn't grow on the murals, etc). However, Asbury Park announced that the murals would need to be moved because of planned upgrades to the city's sewage facility, the current home of the murals. And so, even though this upgrade isn't slated until 15 months from now, nothing was done.

Considering that this column was written two months ago, I contacted Bob Crane, the head of SaveTillie to find out if anything had changed. So far, some of the damage to one of the sheds has been fixed; but no location has been chosen to house Tillie and the girls. "The City and Asbury Partners are supposed to meet next week to resolve a number of issues, including the question of a new location. If the meeting actually happens, and a new location is actually selected, then we'll start working through other details -- what type of sheds will be built, who will do the work, who will move the sheds, etc. This is a long way around to saying: stay tuned, and hopefully by this time next week we'll have something concrete."

So as soon as I hear anything new, I'll pass the info on :)

3/17/05 ETA: Not a surprise... negotiations between the City and Asbury Partners over waterfront issues including the sheds didn't end yesterday, and should take a few more weeks.

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