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Major Redevelopment Could Once Again Come to Cinnaminson

The mayor and deputy mayor want to focus on the industrial section of the township more this year.

 

Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti calls 2013 a “very ambitious year.”

For Minniti, who also serves as the director of economic development, every year can be described the same way. But he, along with township committee, is prepared to tackle an area of the township some have called “forgotten.” That’s ambitious.

Cinnaminson’s industrial area sits between River Road and Route 130 in the northwestern section of town. You may have lived here your entire life and never turned down Taylors Lane, Union Landing Road or Industrial Highway and known its home to such industry giants as Sea Box, Airgas, Inc., even Habitat for Humanity, and more.

“We want to start what we started on Route 130 but in a completely different area,” Minniti said.

The deputy mayor hopes to designate the industrial section as a redevelopment zone, which would give township committee the ability to negotiate with developers, fast track the approval process for new tenants and more.

“Right now, we’re limited in what we can do,” Minniti said.

If a developer is interested in that area of the township, all committee members can do now is say the space is available. If it’s deemed a redevelopment zone, members can negotiate.

“That sort of partnership is why we were able to do what we did on Route 130,” Minniti said.

It’s not such a simple process. The planning board must first be involved with the redevelopment designation. It could take several months of public hearings, studies and more. But Minniti thinks it’s worth it.

“It gives us access to all sorts of incentives and tools that can make developing these areas more attractive,” he said.  “It allows the township to take a very active role.”

Mayor Ben Young agrees. He works on Riverton Road in Cinnaminson and has seen companies come and go over the years.

“Hoeganaes is gone—it’s 90 acres of empty ground,” he said. “Whitesell has 400,000 square feet of empty buildings. And in Delran, they have an additional 400,000. That’s almost a million square feet of empty space. We’ve got to try to develop some attractive incentives to come here.”

If the area is deemed a redevelopment zone, competition is going to be the biggest factor, Young said. There may be more attractive options closer to Route 295 or the New Jersey Turnpike.

“Essentially,” Young said, “this is not a huge distribution market. This is more of a user market. We need somebody that might be distributing material products to Philly. That’s a competitive edge we need to exploit. It’s a difficult challenge.”

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Christina Paciolla January 11, 2013 at 09:37 PM
Thank you for your comment. Being a professional editor and reporter, it's clear to me who to interview for what stories. I use appropriate sources to add credibility to my stories. Interviewing other people just for the heck of it lessens my credibility. Christina
John January 12, 2013 at 03:37 AM
Ric, thanks for the information pertaining to people moving from this state....I know the tax situation is causing alot of this, I just found out about the flooding near the Shoppes at Cinnaminson, its sad what those people are dealing with....To have people in charge who listen to the facts of the flooding and not trying to help is sad....I guess we need more tax rateables to off set the money being spent to defend the assessments....This is really a lose lose situation and I do not have the answers....All we can do is try our best, have a happy new year....
agent itchy January 14, 2013 at 12:39 PM
High property taxes? I blame home rule and the Abbott districts. Did you know California has 482 towns compared to NJ's 565? Did you know the Princeton merger just saved about $2 million? Your township leaders have no reason to give up their fiefdoms. They love the money and power of control. It's up to us to move this agenda forward. Gov Christie and the state legislature have given us the tools. A consolidation would also mean Delran and Cinnaminson wouldn't have to one-up each other on "incentives" to new business. We wouldn't have to "poach" business and we wouldn't have to pay six police chiefs more than $1 million in salary and benefits. Six people at $1 million plus! Think about that.
John January 14, 2013 at 06:03 PM
Do not know where your getting your information from, Calif vs NJ in towns....oh boy did not know that why not go with ohio nevada utah or the other states....High Taxes and new schools, there is a theme there, police chiefs getting a million in salary and benefits, where did that come from whats next teachers getting 100,000 dollars....It seems like Delran and Cinnaminson also have FLOODING problems and no one cares but the turtles keep there heads in there shell....NEXT.....
Barb Rivera January 16, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Yes, I agree with John 100% Before this town works on creating new businesses the MAJOR flooding issues should be ADDRESSED and SOLVED! We pay our taxes! (which are over assessed)

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