West Street ShopRite Public-Private Partnership proposal, 1986
The revitalization of Englewood’s Downtown was another focus, with investment to improve the area’s sidewalks and curbs, trees, lighting, store façades and rail crossings. Mayor Rothman led the effort to attract a new supermarket and other much-needed stores and facilities to an under-developed section, and helped organize a $22 million public-private partnership that ended Englewood’s time as a “food desert” by bringing a supermarket compex to the West Street area in need of redevelopment. The project was a huge success, drawing shoppers from all over Englewood and surrounding communities to the area.
Mayor Rothman led the effort to fix the city’s school buildings and classrooms, replace damaged trees and for better compliance with property maintenance codes in Englewood’s neighborhoods.
Robert Benecke, Englewood’s Chief Financial Officer when Rothman took over and a Republican, commended Mayor Rothman’s “hard-nosed, let’s-get-the-job-done” management style in dealing with the city’s challenges.
Norman Davis, Former Englewood City Council President, Englewood School Board President, Englewood Economic Development Corporation President and Englewood Historical Society President described the “revitalization of Englewood under Mayor Steve Rothman in the 1980s” as “effectuating one of the most significant and important changes in Englewood’s history”.