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Abandoned Cinnaminson Properties Could Get TLC

Two buildings could be added to the town's abandoned properties list under a township ordinance.

Cinnaminson Township officials want to name two blighted township locations to the abandoned properties list, which could give the town the power to improve their looks.

The old Mobil gas station on Willow Drive and Route 130 has been abandoned for nearly 10 years, said Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti, who also serves as the director of economic development.  The owner of the abandoned property has been keeping up with paying taxes according to online records but no work has been done to the building.

“We’re going to look and see if that property will fit into the [abandoned properties] ordinance,” said Minniti, “and what the cost associated with it is—and see if it’s worth going in there and clearing it and making it a clean corner.”

The former gas station sits at the entrance to Mainline II, which saw close last year. Part of the property backs up to residential homes on Lilac Lane.

During discussion of the issue at Monday’s township committee work session meeting, officials decided to add the old Triboro site on Route 130 into the mix.

Committeeman Ben Young called that blighted property “the gateway” to town; it sits right near the borer of Delran and Cinnaminson.

The agreement by township officials gives Acting Administrator George Haueber and Zoning Officer John Marshall the power to look into the properties and contact the owners if necessary.

“This begins a process to motivate the owners,” Minniti said.

Stay with Patch for more on this. 

FbS July 17, 2012 at 10:36 AM
great idea guys.. Especially the gas station. Its looking bad over the years
DB July 17, 2012 at 12:47 PM
It's about time!!! I have lived on Wilow Drive since 2000 and that gas station has been a big eye sore...its embarassing as you turn off Rt 130 to see that building. You should put Bo's Wok on the list too. At least get rid of the 1970's sign for god sake
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 02:04 PM
DB, Actually, I found out today from Deputy Mayor Minniti that the owner of Bo's Wok is before the planning board for plans to fix up the Mainline II shopping center. Bo's Wok is not part of the potential abandoned properties project—it's not an abandoned site. But, that's good news for the center.
FbS July 17, 2012 at 02:41 PM
We sure miss Bo's wok.. :(
Ric July 17, 2012 at 02:54 PM
Bo's Wok deserved to be closed - its food was terrible at best and the restaurant was exceedingly filthy. Even the men's room was dirtier than an outhouse. It was kept in a condition like it was a money laundry - no one cared to even improve the place. And that is a shame. When it opened it earned rave reviews but no restaurant can rest itself on 30 year old laurels. They tried selling the business but the place was so bad there were not any potential buyers. I was at Bo’s a few days before it closed. There were just a few others dining there that night. That says it all.
Bob July 17, 2012 at 03:10 PM
Seems like a lot of things are finally in the works around here. Bottom Dollar was a nice addition and the Shop Rite center seems to be doing well. Any news on the old ACME location?
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Haven't heard anything of ACME on my end...
KCinCA July 17, 2012 at 03:51 PM
That Mobil Station is not even close to the border with Delran. I think a Committeeman should know his way around town better than that. Someone needs to give that guy a map.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Not really sure what's you're referring to. I didn't write that the Mobil station was close to the Delran border—I wrote that Triboro was close to the Delran border. "During discussion of the issue at Monday’s township committee work session meeting, officials decided to add the old Triboro site on Route 130 into the mix. Committeeman Ben Young called that blighted property “the gateway” to town; it sits right near the borer of Delran and Cinnaminson."
Christina Paciolla (Editor) July 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Properties must meet certain criteria and these two do just that. Or at least that's what the township is finding out. I know the property needs to be abandoned for X amount of time. I'm sure the ordinance will answer that question if you get a copy of it or the administrator or zoning officer can answer these questions. I am not qualified to answer this for the township.
lesanda July 18, 2012 at 12:23 AM
The township is partly responsible for properties being in the condition they presently are. Is there no property maintenance code in Cinnaminson , if not?, why not? Is there a Dept of sanitation in cinnaminson, if not ? Why not?Why aren't eating places inspected periodically to guarantee the cleanliness to patrons. And what about residential properties? Are they excluded from the "blighted list" There is one property located on Lenola rd that looks like "tobacco Rd" With jacked up cars, lack of landscaping, toys strewn about.. It has always been in that condition for the 13 years I have lived here and nothing has been done about it. Even their neighbors tolerate it. Perhaps they don't realize it depreciates the value of their property
Don July 18, 2012 at 02:05 AM
How can a property on which the taxes are current be considered abandoned? Could a vacant lot on which the taxes are current be considered abandoned? What about the property next to Friendly's with the old farm stand on Rt 130? Why isn't that on the list?
judie July 18, 2012 at 12:07 PM
I agree with Joseph Mogel. Some homeowners should be ashamed of themselves how they keep their property. Trash cans out front, windows rotted and filthy. Junk cars in the driveway or parked on the street WITHOUT A CURRENT REGISTRATION.
Ric July 18, 2012 at 12:19 PM
I agree, especially about trash cans out front. That looks so low class. I would like to add crumbling sidewalks and driveways and weeded landscaping or none at all.
Thomas Kulinski July 18, 2012 at 01:33 PM
2109 Brandeis ave has been abandedsince last year. Bank of America owns itnow. It looks as bad as the gas station , it's completly over grown and lots of mold in side the house. What is the township going to do about it.
Deborah Stevens July 18, 2012 at 03:54 PM
In our neghborhood we had to call the late Senator Adler to see the condition of this house and next day things were getting taken care of. There were abandoned cars, and a family of skunks living in them. Who is in charge of making sure everyone is keeping their property up to code? It seems the township has turned a blind eye to vacant properties. We have one where they finally made the owner put up a fence around the torn down house, but the foundation is still there and so are the 5 foot weeds.
AnoninCinna July 18, 2012 at 04:18 PM
re: abandoned cars Although this is off-topic from the original article, I wonder if a seperate article could be done about abandoned cars on residential properties. There is a house in my neighborhood that has 2 apparently broken down, abandoned cars in their driveway. They are never worked on, are rusty, one has a tarp on it that is moldy and smells. Are there any township ordinances or regulations regarding this?
Mark July 18, 2012 at 05:05 PM
I have called about rodents living in the empty house next to mine. Deaf ears are all you get. I have asked about when they intend to pave the street I live on as it is crumbling around us folks who live on that street. Again, deaf ears. I would have to say if any of these concerns that have been mentioned so far were in any of the neighborhoods our fearless leaders (township committee) live in, these would not be an issue! It happens in every town in America. These people for the most part are interested in themselves and care not one bit about who they are supposed to represent until it is election time. This is why they are called politicians.
Roger July 18, 2012 at 05:13 PM
Instead of just quoting these blow hards on the committee, perhaps the article could actually contain the ordinance itself and and an explanation of how it operates. I like where the comments are going, I could care less about these buildings up on the horrendous highway, if someone is headed southbound from Willingboro or Hunter's Glen the last thing I want is them thinking Cinnaminson is appealing. What I do care about is the general appearance of the residential neighborhoods. The woman on Branch Pike that has been having some kind of a daily yard sale for years, the home on Cinnaminson Ave that took years and years and years to get someone to start improving it, and the sidewalk on Hunterdon that the township ripped up in the winter and refuses to re-cement. The township has been contacted about the latter to no avail. Can we get our priorities in line? Does the Route 130 corridor really affect residents lives (outside of closing the motels), or are neighborhoods, crime, and the schools which are quickly becoming overcrowded with our new friends down by the river really what we care about the most. Maybe a few more lanterns on the light posts or cashing out Barone's abandoned garage - lip stick on a pig - keep up the good work!
John July 18, 2012 at 06:34 PM
sounds like we have a lawyer stating facts, but he misses the point...property values are going down, taxes are going up and the banks own the vacant houses and who pays the taxes....I have a vacant house thats been vacant for over 3 years and there is no forsale sign on it, the property lawn does not get cut regularly and the property is falling apart, the fense is not broken, the back porch had a tree fall on it and what is going to happen to this property.....the township charges 250.00 to cut the lawn, the township people ride around giving out paper on tree branches and yard clippings being out at the curb before the pick up date by our people but they never come on time, they are always early so why have a date set....oh well the government works that way....maybe he can quote a ordanance on that one....
John July 18, 2012 at 11:02 PM
to joepa75, my comments were made to the fact that you did your homework on the subject nothing else....the properties being commercial in nature are classified ratables therefore part of the tax base.....if they are to be taken off the books who is going to make up the tax difference U and the other taxpayers in cinnaminson.....I also am under the impression that b/c the value of houses are going down but are taxes are going up does not compute in my oppinion.....our taxes are based on the value of the house and property but if they do not address the market conditions we are lost in a tax hole.....how it this any better....still the houses being vacant with no one paying taxes is wrong....

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