Courtyard Renamed in Honor of Late Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver Construction Gets Underway

The courtyard between City Hall and the Atlantic County building will be renamed “Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver Plaza.” Mayor Marty Small Sr., along with county, state and local officials held the groundbreaking on March 6, 2024.

Courtyard Renamed in Honor of Late Lt. Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver Construction Gets Underway
Local, county and state leaders gathered in front of City Hall for the groundbreaking on “Lieutenant Governor Sheila Y. Oliver Plaza

(To See our Photo Gallery from the Groundbreaking click here.)

The City of Atlantic City celebrated the start of construction on the new and improved City Hall Courtyard, on Wednesday, March 6, with an official groundbreaking ceremony outside City Hall.

The courtyard improvement project is a partnership between the city, Atlantic County and the State of New Jersey that will be called “Lieutenant Gov. Sheila Y. Oliver Plaza” in honor of the late New Jersey Lt. Gov. Her name will be etched in the building above the main entrance and will be placed on street signs throughout the courtyard.

Rendering of completed Lt. Governor Sheila Y. Oliver Plaza. Source: City of Atlantic City

“We wanted to find a way to pay tribute to Lt. Gov. Sheila Oliver, who always fought the good fight for Atlantic City,” said Mayor Small. “This project will embody the spirit of Sheila Oliver. She always talked about retiring in Atlantic City, and now she will be forever retired in this great city, while employees and guests will be able to enjoy this beautiful space for years to come.”

Sheila Oliver’s family and friends, City of Atlantic City department directors, members of City Council, New Jersey Department of Community Affairs Commissioner Jacquelyn Suarez and other county and state leaders joined the mayor to place the shovels in the dirt to formally commemorate the start of construction on the project.

Charles Oliver speaks during the groundbreaking ceremony. Photo Credit: Raymond Tyler

According to a prepared statement, the project incorporates environmentally responsible renewable energy concepts and enhanced security and safety features, such as improved lighting throughout the courtyard and the addition of lanterns on the walls of the buildings. A cover will be added above the walkway leading to the main entrance to City Hall. That area will also now be gated. Aesthetic and convenience improvements include the addition of fixed and built-in benches throughout the courtyard, a rain garden, a marble fountain, a pergola, the painting of existing concrete walls and the planting of beautiful trees, shrubs and grass. The project also features a redesigned main parking lot and north parking lot.

Arthur W. Ponzio and Associates, Inc. and SOSH Architects are the engineering firms behind the project. Weatherby Construction Corporation is the contractor. The project is anticipated to be completed by the fall of 2024.

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