Carteret residents hope redevelopment solves area's high crime problem

The borough of Carteret is investing $60 million to build a new downtown. Many residents hope the redevelopment will solve the areas high crime problem.

Crews began demolishing buildings in a largely abandoned area of town called the Chrome section. The redevelopment plan includes building 400 new townhouses and 40,000 square feet of retail space.

The mayor says the Chrome section, named after an old factory, is now festering with prostitution and drug traffic. The developer, who owns most of the property, says he caught three men trying to loot one of his buildings. The mayor says the redevelopment will hopefully clean up the crime.

Borough officials say many of the homes will be sold for approximately $200,000 to $300,000.

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