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Ideal Developer Sought for 130 Property

What should go at Azalea Farms? Tell us what you think. Also, committee puts someone familiar in charge of ushering new businesses into town.

Township Committee unanimously agreed to look into the purchase of the vacant parcel of land along Route 130 between Riverton Road and Highland Avenue (also known as the Azalea Farms property) for potential business development. 

The 4-acre property has been vacant for about 15 years, according to Deputy Mayor Anthony Minniti. The property was purchased about five years ago for a little more than $1 million, but the owner went into foreclosure and the land was on its way to a sheriff’s sale when the township stepped in.

When asked by a resident at Monday's committee meeting why they were thinking about purchasing the property, Minniti explained the township is trying to see if it can find a developer—the right developer—to turn the land into a ratable the township can earn some revenue from. 

"The township only derives revenue on land that is improved," he said. "If we don't do anything, we're left to the whim of anyone who comes in ... When we have properties that are underutilized, we try to encourage redevelopment of them."

The township has submitted a letter of intent, which gives it 60 days to examine possible uses for the property and try to find an interested developer. Ideally, Minniti said, the township won't spend a dime on the land—which is worth an estimated $600,000; a good deal on Route 130 frontage, he said—but will instead find a suitable developer to purchase it. 

"Hopefully we're giving it to a developer who's giving us the latest addition to our Route 130 corridor," he said.

Minniti said there are no specific businesses or uses in mind for the land, but suggested it could be a mixed-use commercial property, i.e. The Shoppes at Cinnaminson.

Cindy Pierson, former Pompeston Creek Watershed Association president and co-founder of the new Watchdogs of the Watersheds, said she's all for economic development, but told committee to be careful, because the land might not be suitable for certain kinds of development.

Pierson said a previous study determined the ground was unsuitable for the placement of asphalt, because it would prevent stormwater infiltration. 

In other economic development news, committee also unanimously created the Department of Community and Economic Development, with township administrator Frank Locantore as its director (and sole member).

The idea, Locantore said, is to centralize all the various points of contact a business owner needs—construction, zoning, etc.—under one position. 

By creating the position, Minniti said the township is hoping to create an "enhanced customer experience" for potential new (and existing) businesses.

What would you like to see at the Azalea Farms property? Tell us in the comments below.

Ric February 27, 2013 at 12:41 AM
@Bull-ric. If you disregard reality, what you said makes sense. Cinnaminson is a run excessively by the republican machine. The answer is to stop believing republican BS that they are fiscally conservative. They spend like drunken sailors...But you already knew that.
AnoninCinna February 27, 2013 at 12:46 AM
We do not need another hotel/motel. We do not need another restaurant. Skitch's suggestion of having the Lutheran home built there instead of in the residential neighborhood on Riverton Road is the best suggestion yet!
John February 27, 2013 at 12:58 AM
@Val, good luck with that one the gas station on 130 and willow is supposed to be gone and its still there...Just like it took how long for the roofers to get rid of the Barones building but left the foundation in place....no grass there yet....How about a hospital for all the accidents on 130.....
John February 27, 2013 at 01:01 AM
@bull-ric, how about a spelling lesson for U, U need it, have a great day....
Bull Pitt February 27, 2013 at 01:15 AM
So, Mr. Brauckmann made you a promise 10 years ago for your vote, and here it is 10 years later and nothing was done. Imagine that, a politician lying to you for your vote. The only reason he is saying he will do something now is because you were "out of sight, out of mind" and now you're back. I'll tell you what, don't call, email, or speak with him again and 10 years from now, your tree problem will still be there. Don "Promises" Broke-man.
Bull Pitt February 27, 2013 at 01:20 AM
Yo bull-Ric, you forgot about me! I'm devastated that you've forgotten about me so fast.
Bull Pitt February 27, 2013 at 01:37 AM
That's actually not a bad idea Skitch. Otherwise I'd say leave it be. Does anyone know how the foreclosure works? Does the current owner lose everything, or does he still owe $600,000 and that's why it only costs that much? And if it went into foreclosure, how is a price established, and is it then the bank's property until sold? I'm curious to who is a "winner" and "loser" in the sale pre-foreclosure, as opposed to post-foreclosure. And if it foreclosed, isn't it possible to get the property even cheaper? Curious... Anybody? Buehler?
agent itchy February 27, 2013 at 02:42 AM
BullRic should open a store selling tri cornered hats and Gadsden flags for all his rapidly aging bagger buddies. living out your old age ignorant and angry is really quite pathetic. FYI, Abbott is a NJ supreme court decision based on a case filed by the Education Law Center. your smear campaign of democrats is as misguided as your xenophobia.
Radiohead February 27, 2013 at 03:26 AM
Another restaurant is a great idea. Maybe one that has a little bit of class. Unlike, the Asian Sloth Pit next to the Raceway. This town will NEVER have an upper end anything so maybe a TGIF or something along those lines. How could there be enough good restaurants anywhere?? Just please not another Pizza Hut, Chilis , or garbage like that. Better yet.... Sell the property and put the money into the high school where it is sorely needed. We have been through many wrestling and football seasons and U have still yet to visit a single high school that is as much as a dump as Cinnaminson. Tomorrow we go to Robbinsville High for Regional Championships in wrestling . To compare that school to Cinnaminson High is laughable. Lets get some of this money to our kids where it belongs. I, for one, am thrilled that Our Superintendant is proposing a MAJOR overhaul at the high school. To that I say..... FINALLY !!!!!
noyb February 27, 2013 at 05:24 AM
Agree lets get some high end places here we have enough roach and hooker infested dumps. The problem the town has with getting a fridays or something else in there is they have no moreliquor licenses left. They cant just make one up they have to follow laws.
noyb February 27, 2013 at 05:29 AM
price is established byt what ever someone is willing to pay. If someone is willing to pony up 1M for it then its worth 1M. Generally in a Foreclosure the bank takes ownership of the property and they are responsible for up keep and taxes. Yes someone has to be paying taxes on the land now even if its vacant. Bank then tries to sell it to get their money back, basically.
noyb February 27, 2013 at 05:35 AM
Taxes arent high becasue of PILOT program. They were high before. We live in NJ its a state issue, not just a Cinnaminson issue. I hear taxes are pretty low in NC! you should move there and check it out then report back what we are doing wrong. Time to face it if you like living in NJ then you gotta pay. You will never see a $1200/year tax bill here its just not gonna happen.
Phil February 27, 2013 at 03:30 PM
Yeah, the whole liquor license thing is a huge limiting factor in any redevelopment efforts. Any restaurant chain, high-end or otherwise, isn't going to look in townships without a liquor license. I'd actually rather keep petitioning the state legislature reps to repeal it or change it. There's zero reason to limit liquor licenses. Also, private entities, like Marion or Riverton CC, shouldn't count towards a town's overall liquor license number.
John February 27, 2013 at 04:30 PM
Whats next another tax hike for the schools, we already pay 61% of our taxes to the schools and pensions....If the system is so bad how is it that we are supposed to be number 1 in this county...U better check your facts pal and I say that loosely....enjoy the tax hike, jerk
Barb Rivera February 27, 2013 at 05:33 PM
Bull-Ric.. I live through the frequent flooding that the Shoppes at Cinnaminson have contributed to. This township is run by Republicans and its obviously not producing a positive feeling within its taxpayers.
Teacher Preacher 18 February 27, 2013 at 05:39 PM
Let's just raise taxes again so that the babysitters, oops i mean teachers, can make $100k a year to "work" 7 months a year.
agent itchy February 27, 2013 at 07:04 PM
constant lies from Teacher Preacher. go visit Data Universe and review salaries a small number receive six figures, but then again, the liar would have nothing to complain about. btw, TP18, why didn't you become a teacher? Too bad, so sad
Radiohead February 27, 2013 at 08:52 PM
@teacherpreacher Are you kidding me? First off, where are all the teachers making six figures ? You are totally clueless. Teachers do not make enough money to begin with and ignorant statements like the one you made continue to float out there.
Radiohead February 27, 2013 at 08:58 PM
@john. You obviously don't have kids in school. But besides that fact..... Remember great towns always have great schools. Let me clue you in on a few. Haddonfield ,Moorestown , Eastern, Cherry Hill East, Allentown , Robbinsville . Can I stop now . People who do not fully support education are either stupid or just plain miserable . The children are the future in this country. We owe then every opportunity available. Buck up and pay your taxes . If 61% goes to education and the school needs work , then raise the taxes just a little bit more. End of story. I am willing to pay for our future . This town has been anti education with people like you and Ric for too long.
william February 27, 2013 at 11:23 PM
Tony do you ever get tired of posting on patch? How many accounts do you have? How about you bring back Remo just for old time sake.
mike payne February 28, 2013 at 05:44 PM
I want everyone to think for a second. How much recreational activities is there to do here in town besides the race way? What about a Bowling Alley in town and also a Miniature Golf Course
John February 28, 2013 at 06:17 PM
@Radiohead, thats a good name for U, tune it on and listen to yourself talk....I am 66 and I had 4 kids but not here so I am not miserable....To compare schools from other towns U have to get the facts, whats there tax rates, how much do they pay in taxes and what is there population....Its called do a budget or is the MATH CLASS dumb...I do not know who is in charge of replacing things but it should have been in the budget get it jerk....If our assessments have been over inflated by 50,000 dollars since the last assessment where has all the money gone....get a life ok
John February 28, 2013 at 06:23 PM
Oh one more thing, teachers do not work 12 months a year, so what do they do for the other time that they are not working or on a holiday....gardening taking trips or do what, I guess your a teacher too right ha ha Radiohead
Phil February 28, 2013 at 07:06 PM
Miniature Golf or something like the old Greens would be nice, not sure they could do that in that space, though. Bowling alley wouldn't come in without the liquor license but we also have a pretty close one on 73 or Maple Ave in Pennsauken.
mike payne February 28, 2013 at 11:44 PM
Thats true Phil maybe not on that site but on the north side where branch brook once stood may work
John March 02, 2013 at 04:41 PM
Now look, we have Triboro thats supposed to be developed, the gas station on 130 and willow was supposed to be down now, Barone's gas station is supposed to be grassed but the black top is still there, what else do we have to do but up the land...We now have a person thats SUPPOSED to know how to get things done...all he will do is collect more money...this is a joke....
CHS Parent 4 March 03, 2013 at 04:45 PM
Rumor has it that "Club Go-GO" is coming back and opening up on the old Barone's lot. I for 1 am for this proposal. The way the economy is now-adays, we need somewhere for our high school grads to be able to work once they graduate.
mike payne March 03, 2013 at 11:24 PM
What is Club Go Go Never heard of it
HopeAmongstCin March 05, 2013 at 01:58 AM
I love the idea of a "Main Street", Cinnaminson needs a little charm. And, I do not believe that student enrollment is down. The week before school started they had to hire an additional Kindergarten teacher. (please, this is not an invitation to start the usual tirade on teachers and your tax dollars, it old and off topic)
Linda April 15, 2013 at 06:37 PM
If we are all for redevelopment, why doesnt Cinnaminson buy up the hotel next to azalea and the Friendly's in orde to put something real nice on the corner? Yes it would be expensive but the economy is coming back and Im sure there are interested developers for a cornor lot rather than some random farm.

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