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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.”

Stay with Patch as we follow this story. 

Eleanor Weightman January 11, 2013 at 11:55 AM
We have a family owned business (machine shop) in this industrial zone on Industrial Highway (8,100 sq feet in one of the Whitesell buildings) down below Hunters Farm and one block up from the Cinnaminson Rail Line and yes, there are a lot of vacancies in these buildings, its sad. We moved our business here from Maple Shade in 2006 and just renewed our lease for 6 more years taking us into 2019. We love the location, so close to Philly (yet far enough away from the city we moved out of 21 years ago) and we also live in Cinnaminson. It would be nice to see these industrial parks booming again - it would also mean local jobs.
PJT January 11, 2013 at 12:05 PM
Meanwhile dozens of store fronts, strip malls, vacant lots and abandoned buildings remain eyesores through the heart of the township on Route 130. Speaking of which, has there been an update regarding the redevelopment of the vacant Triboro lot? Any movement on the removal of Barone's or the abandoned gas station across from Bottom Dollar?
Phil January 11, 2013 at 03:50 PM
Start poaching off Moorestown tenants. All I've heard is how they're way overtaxed and fee'd there. Besides, trucks would not have to navigate residential streets to get to the main arteries within our town and the adjoining area in Delran. Or, how about working with Whitesell to make these less distribution and more office park type areas (which is what I would've replaced the motels with btw instead of over-55 condos)?
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 04:07 PM
PJT—We write about new businesses and redevelopment all the time. We've had stories on Sonic, Speed Raceway, the new doll shop, Med Express, Bottom Dollar, and much more that has come into Cinnaminson. Go to the top right corner of the page and do a search for the stories you'd like to read. I'm working on a Triboro update (there's only been that one story), I've had several on Barone's. And I've had one about the gas station and I'll look into that for an update. Thanks.
lizabeth January 11, 2013 at 04:36 PM
whay is the new atore next to nicks in the shoprite center? i heard there is a new one.
Ric January 11, 2013 at 04:40 PM
Christina, when it comes to township matters your focus is just about always on Minniti. Just count how many stories about the township this month alone where Minniti was prominent. You might want to change the name of this blog to MinnitiPatch.
Christina Paciolla (Editor) January 11, 2013 at 04:58 PM
MinnitiPatch? Nah, that doesn't sound as nice as Cinnaminson Patch. Your question is a good one and one I've answered several times before. I would hope it's pretty obvious to readers but I understand Deputy Mayor Minniti is quoted a lot and some may wonder why. It's pretty simple: Minniti is the director of economic development. So, when I write stories about redevelopment, new businesses and ordinances he proposes, he's the appropriate source to go to. When I write about parks and recreation, I talk to Committeeman Brauckmann (last year, Mayor Brauckmann). When I write about public works (like I did earlier this week), I talked to Mayor Young (then Committeeman Young). Redevelopment is a huge part of Cinnaminson and we cover lots of stories on, therefore, he's the source for it. Hope that helps.
John January 11, 2013 at 05:34 PM
This is an update on the properties, Barone's has a dumpster and back hoe in the front of the store, Triboro is all boarded up, not sure what happened to the planned starbucks and other stuff going there, Bo Woks is still there and the gas station is still there....I hope they are looking at the flooding near the Cinnaminson Shoppes before they try to add more ratables to the tax rolls....Just a thought, I know they are busy....I hope the new mayor got to read the ideas that the people made in the comments section....have a good one
John January 11, 2013 at 06:00 PM
Good idea Phil, Do we know whats the tax rates in Moorestown, Delran, Cinnaminson, Riverton, etc....Do we know what there assessed rates are and how close they are to the current market conditions....Just curious.....
Ric January 11, 2013 at 08:21 PM
Christina, if people keep asking why Minniti is the focus of your reports, I think it is obvious that your readers are saying they prefer to hear from sources other than Mr. Minniti. I am certainly sure he is a good source for you but I sincerely believe he is not the only source you could use. It would make your more reports more balanced. Thanks for considering.
Ric January 11, 2013 at 09:17 PM
John, there was an article in the BCT about people migrating out of the state (including Burlington County) because of the high taxes. You and I have brought this high tax problem up at Patch many times but our complaints fall mostly on deaf ears. I love this town so much and I hope the town wakes up before I am the last one standing here. http://www.phillyburbs.com/news/local/burlington_county_times_news/we-re-outta-here-burlington-county-part-of-migration-out/article_8338c9c4-9de5-5d20-8941-3ba5587c8ed2.html
Christina Paciolla (Editor) 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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