EastBayRi.com: Nearly 40 years in the making, the town’s long-discussed and often-misunderstood Warren RiverWalk is slowly but steadily creeping closer to reality.

The walk — what planners envision as an unbroken strip of publicly accessible land along the river, stretching from the American Tourister plant south to the town beach — dates back to the town’s Warren Waterscape Plan, drafted in 1976. Over the years, interest in it has waxed and waned, but now town officials and neighborhood advocates are working with business owners to open up new sections of Water Street to the public and put a shine and polish on those areas already under town control (see side story). Meanwhile, the town has applied for a $100,000 state DEM grant to help build parts of the walk and should hear by the spring whether or not they’re approved.

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