Information reaching us says the former Church of the Sacred Heart, Tony Roni pizza and three single-One town in Camden County has approved of a plan to redevelop a property encompassing a former Catholic Church, three homes and a pizzeria.
According to NJ.com, the former Church of the Sacred Heart, Tony Roni pizza and three single-family homes near Black Horse Pike, Route 168, and Kings Highway in Mount Ephraim were designated as part of the redevelopment zone based on a recommendation from the municipal planning board.
Although a developer is yet to be chosen for the project, many details are still to be finalized. A Lidl specialty grocery store chain was named in a preliminary discussion regarding the property’s new usage.
This is following the recent approval granted by a borough in Camden County.
The approval is for a plan to redevelop a former Catholic Church and other nearby private property by possibly using its power of eminent domain, whereby public entities can force the sale of private properties.
The redevelopment of the projects is part of a plan to create a 2-acre footprint on a busy corner property.
The municipal planning board last week unanimously voted to recommend the borough Commission approve a resolution designating an area in need of redevelopment for the targeted properties. A report including details of why this would be in the public interest was submitted to local land use officials in July. Based on that report and an explanation by a city planner from the firm of Key Engineers, which wrote it, the board made its recommendation.
But not everyone favours the plan.
Anthony Altomare, owner of the Tony Roni pizza franchise, said Friday he was still unclear what was happening and why.
“I’m confused how they would make the corner eminent domain; that’s what we are trying to understand. I don’t really believe it falls under eminent domain.”
The borough bought the church property for $775,000 in August.