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Council Advances Redevelopment Activity in Blackwood

Redevelopment projects along Route 42 and Lower Landing Road were moved along Monday night.

The Township Council unanimously approved an ordinance and two resolutions during its meeting Monday night that will advance redevelopment projects in Blackwood.

Council approved resolutions accepting entities known as Gloucester 42 Associates LLC and Clean Light, Power & Energy LLC for the two projects.

It also approved an ordinance finally adopting the Interchange Redevelopment Plan, a slightly modified version of a redevelopment plan adopted in August 2006 under the name "Cooper Medical Services Redevelopment Plan."

"Two great projects," Mayor David Mayer boasted. "Even in this difficult economic climate, we're still moving forward, working to bring ratables into the township."

Gloucester 42 Associates will be in charge of redeveloping land known as the Interchange Redevelopment Area, which is located north of College Drive between Route 42 and the Black Horse Pike, to the west of Camden County College's Blackwood campus.

The 113-acre redevelopment tract is expected to attract a combination of commercial, residential and professional uses.

Clean Light, Power & Energy plans to develop a solar farm on the land at 593 Lower Landing Rd., officials said.

The ordinance and two resolutions were approved by 4-0 votes.

Clean Light, Power & Energy is scheduled to present its site plan to the planning board on Aug. 23. The plan would bring roughly 25 acres of solar panels to the 60-acre property, Ken Lechner, director of community development and planning, said on Tuesday.

"It's a good use of that property," Mayer said. "It's going to generate clean energy to go back to the grid.

Gloucester 42 Associates has not yet submitted a site plan to the township for the planning board's consideration.

When it was first moved forward in 2006 under the "Cooper Medical Services" name, the Interchange Redevelopment Area was to be anchored by a medical facility affiliated with Cooper University Hospital. Most of the land in the redevelopment area is owned by the hospital system.

That might not be the case as the plan unfolds now, according to Mayer.

"There really hasn't been any commitment, or discussion quite frankly, about a medical facility," he said. "It could be, but that hasn't been discussed. ... There's plenty of property there for commerical development."

The Interchange Redevelopment Area's rough borders are as follows: north, Davistown Road; east, Route 42; south, College Drive; and west, Black Horse Pike.

Putting on his salesman hat, Mayer suggested the Interchange Redevelopment Area's location is one that could bring "economic vitality to Gloucester Township because of the access that you have from Route 42 and the proximity to Philadelphia there."

Councilmen Dan Hutchison and Ken Garbowski did not attend Monday's meeting. Councilwoman Crystal Evans was outside of chambers during the votes.

Sue August 10, 2011 at 10:58 AM
Anything Queen George wants! Mayer is a yes man, Mercado and Bianchini are yes men or should I say boys? A real man thinks for himself!

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