The Borough of Stone Harbor has announced a new location for its proposed September 11th Memorial. The new location is on 96th Street between Second Avenue and Seng Place, directly east of the Stone Harbor Volunteer Fire Department. The new location was announced during the Tuesday, October 15th Council meeting by Councilwoman Joan Kramar, who chairs the all-volunteer September 11th Memorial Committee.
“The committee recognizes that in order for this project to move forward, it needed to change both the cost and location of the September 11th Memorial, even after the committee was unanimous in selecting its location and design”, Councilwoman Kramar said. “After a difficult and honest discussion, the committee decided to relocate the memorial from the proposed Point of Peace Memorial Park at the southern end of our community. Many of the same design elements already approved by the committee will be implemented at the new memorial location, with a downsizing of size, scope, and costs. We will be reaching out again to the Cape May County Open Space Board for funding that would support our project”.
The Borough has received overwhelming support with this memorial which will incorporate an artifact from the World Trade Center in New York City. A section of I-beam will be the focal point of the new memorial. Over $30,000 in donations has been received by the Borough from property owners who support the construction of the memorial. The Borough has also successfully received agreements from skilled carpenters and masons who have volunteered their services to bring this project to fruition. Pending a successful application before the Cape May County Open Space Board, it is the Borough’s intent to have the memorial completed in time for a ceremony on September 11th, 2014.
Scott Taylor from Taylor Design Group of Mount Laurel, New Jersey will provide the Borough with a new design before the end of the month. The design will be posted on the Borough’s new website, www.shnj.org.
“There were some concerns in the community about the size and scope of our project which would have also created a passive park and a beautiful point for tribute and reflection at our original location for the memorial”, said Stone Harbor Mayor Suzanne Walters. “We listened, and we responded appropriately. Our community can now enthusiastically support the true goal of this memorial…an everlasting tribute to Americans and their families who were personally impacted by the events of September 11th, 2001”.