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Township Moves Forward with Demolition Plans for Barone's

Cinnaminson will go out for bids next on the old gas station site.

 

Township committee members voted to move forward with the demolition of Barone’s, the former service station the township bought that sits on the corner of Route 130 and Highland Avenue.

The vote authorizes the township to go out for demolition bids to remove the empty building. Township solicitor John Gillespie will put together specifications.

using monies from the Route 130 reconfiguration project. That money is earmarked for Route 130 improvements only.

The township purchased the land for about $355,000 but held back about $50,000 in the event of any further contamination work, Gillespie said at the Nov. 19 township committee meeting.

Gas tanks there were removed about 15 years ago—the last time there was a station there. Township committee members have said it’s environmentally clean but the money is still put aside just in case.

“We should end up with a whole lot less than $355,000 spent,” Gillespie added.

Gillespie suggested the township go into the building to see if there is anything left to salvage, although Committeeman Ben Young said the car lifts were removed some time ago.

The plan for the lot would be to knock down the building and grass over the lot. This would also provide a safe bus stop there.

The only potential buyer the lot had since Barone’s closed last year was from Goodwill, whose officials expressed an interest in putting a clothing donation box there, Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti said.

That sort of use is not permitted along the Route 130 business corridor without a variance from the township’s zoning board.

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Silvia November 26, 2012 at 03:45 PM
Uh, the economy, the crash of the housing market, people refinancing when home values were maxed and now are upside down, the rising cost and risk of opening a small business, the rising cost of health care, fuel, food, college, taxes, etc all while nobody is getting a raise to stay with the cost of living. People are hurting Eric and that is reflected in what you see. Cinnaminson is no different than anywhere else. This isn’t just a Cinnaminson problem, it’s a national problem.
Silvia November 26, 2012 at 04:09 PM
Are people still complaining about the price? Look, I’m not an economist but I do know that in a sluggish economy with housing and commercial real estate prices plummeting, it is a good time to buy if you are in a position to buy. It’s a buyer’s market right now, not a seller’s so you can get good deals. I bet that property would have been asking over $500,000 five years ago. Personally, I think the seller lost his shirt on this deal at the price the township paid because that is what is happening to sellers everywhere.
FbS November 26, 2012 at 04:22 PM
You are 100% correct Silvia..
Ric November 26, 2012 at 06:26 PM
Sylvia all you said is correct but out of all the towns in this county, according to the Inquirer, ONLY WILLINGBORO HOMES HAVE LOST MORE VALUE IN THE LAST FIVE YEARS THAN CINNAMINSON. There is something else adversely going on more so in this town than every other town excluding Willingboro. Abandoned houses are not just the only new phenomenon for our fair town.
John December 04, 2012 at 08:02 PM
High Taxes, over assessed houses and scorfflaws for brush pick up and summons for not doing it right.....now we are told our schools need to be rebuilt, and the fire dept. need new trucks....just great where does it end....this is a money pit.....it will never end. unless the comments section is closed....

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