Saturday, July 15, 2017

EHC Acme Site Revitalization Plans

EGG HARBOR CITY — The long-abandoned Acme Supermarket building at the intersection of the White Horse Pike and New York Avenue continued to become more dilapidated and vandalized after its closing 15 years ago. Finally, there is hope for a revitalization of the site as a potential developer has taken numerous steps to open a business there.
Voorhees Township-based developer Raymond Persia has an agreement in place to purchase the property to create an office complex that will be used by a firm specializing in used-car wholesaling. According to Persia, the firm requires a physical site to hang its licenses. He anticipates that improvements to the property will cost upward of $1 million. That includes a new roof, an exterior upgrade and a repaved parking area.
Persia expects to have a site plan ready to present to the city’s Land Use Board within the next 60 days.
 “The site has been declared an area in need of rehabilitation,” City Council President Ed Dennis said. “The developer has met with the mayor and other township officials and has put funds in escrow for work on the site.”

“The site is within the Gateway Residential Development area,” City Planner Tim Michel said. “The zoning would need to be changed to a commercial designation. That requires a revision of the redevelopment plan which the city is currently working on.”
That plan would then have to be submitted to the New Jersey Pinelands Commission. Michel is optimistic the panel will approve it. “There will be no increase in stormwater runoff, no wetlands will be impacted and there are no threatened or endangered species on the site,” he said. "The city’s objective is to have the site improved and made safe."

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