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William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNewsnet


GLOUCESTER CITY DEVELOPMENT PLANS—The City of Gloucester City passed resolution, R#027- Screen Shot 2018-02-06 at 16.40.432018 in January authorizing the City Planning Board to do a redevelopment study described as the Gloucester City West Scattered Site Area in Need of Redevelopment Study. The resolution originally included a large area to be investigated, however the focus of the Study Area was later reduced to a much smaller area, stated the legal notice. The areas being investigated at this time are those generally near the intersection of Ridgeway Street and Atlantic Street, as well as the property on Cumberland Street west of King Street, commonly referred to as the Freedom Pier. A map of the study area along with a report on that proposed development prepared by CME Associates, who was authorized to prepare an assessment of the proposal can be obtained at the City Clerk's Office, 512 Monmouth Street. 

According to the legal notice, which was updated and published in a daily newspaper this past weekend, the City intends to obtain the properties outlined in the report through eminent domain.

From the notice, "A finding by the City of Gloucester Mayor and Common Council that the above described area, or a portion thereof, constitutes an area in need of redevelopment will authorize the City of Gloucester to acquire properties contained in said area through the exercise of the City's power of eminent domain."

"The following properties are included within the Study Area presently being investigated: Block Lot(s) 48 2.01 61 1, 2, 3, 17, 17.01, 17.02, 27, 28, 29 62 1, 2, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 24 66 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 67 30, 31.02, 32.01, 32.02, 33, 34 "

At their October 17 meeting the Planning Board will also hear an application submitted by Public Service Gas and Electric who is seeking preliminary and final site plan approval pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-46 and N.J.S.A. 40:55D-50, and a height variance pursuant to N.J.S.A. 40:55D-70(d)(6) to allow a height of 50 feet 4 inches for the height of the gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) building where 35 feet is permitted and a height for monopoles of 121 feet 5 inches where 120 feet is existing to permit network upgrades to be made to the 69kV facility. The proposed improvements will include: the removal of existing electrical equipment to accommodate the construction of the new 2-story gas-insulated switchgear (GIS) building, installation of new electrical equipment along with modifications and two (2) monopoles, installation of new concrete footings and foundations along with expansion of the existing gravel access road, new drainage system and detention basin, a small retaining wall, site lighting, extensive landscaping, and fencing.

 Editor's Note: The legal notices mentioned can be found on the New Jersey Press Association page. Click here. Once there enter Gloucester City in the search block to view the documents. The plans will be discussed at the October 17 public hearing of the Planning and Zoning Board, 313 Monmouth Street at 7:30 PM. 

Anne Forline, The South Jersey Observer, contributed to the article above

GLOUCESTER CATHOLIC FORFEITS GAMESunday, October 7 we received a Tip regarding the Gloucester Catholic High School football team forfeiting a 47-20 win over Robbinsville High because it had ineligible players on their roster during the game.

"Robbinsville had a win added to its ledger Monday when a 47-20 opening-day loss to Gloucester Catholic was deemed a forfeit victory by the NJSIAA, " according to the September 25 issue of The Trentonian Times

 “Gloucester Catholic sent us a letter yesterday afternoon,” (Coach Andrew) Patterson said. “They self-reported ineligible players that were on the roster during our game, and they’re going to concede the game to us.

“We had no idea about it. I don’t know what the situation was, how they were ineligible. That wasn’t disclosed to us. I’m sure it will be disclosed to the state when they send the paperwork over there. I don’t’ think they had any 30-year-old ringers playing for them or anything like that.”

We asked Gus Ostrum, spokesperson for Gloucester Catholic for an explanation about why the Rams had ineligible players on their roster during that game? We are still waiting for his reply. 


 GLOUCESTER TOWNSHIP NAMED 11— This year, Gloucester Township is No. 11 on the list of 30
towns in New Jersey with the most heroin abuse, according to the Gloucester Township Patch. Screen Shot 2017-09-22 at 16.0.39 The township had 426 abuse cases in 2017, according to statistics recently released from the Division of Mental Health and Addiction Services in the New Jersey Department of Human Services.

There were there were 308 overdose deaths in Camden County in 2017, up from 200 the previous year. Statistics are based on the number of people seeking treatment for heroin abuse.. Read more here: 30 NJ Towns With The Most Heroin Abuse In New 2018 Report



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