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Peyton and Me Meandering Through SJ (Brooklawn/Gloucester City)Chapter VI

 

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews

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Peyton Cleary (CNBNews files)

 

 BROOKLAWN, NJ (January 4, 2021)--Searching for something on the internet we discovered a For Sale advertisement for Clancy's Pub by the Creek, 304 Crescent Blvd., Brooklawn, NJ. The advertisement from COLDWELL BANKER reads 

Fantastic opportunity to own/operate a bar/restaurant in the post-pandemic world. This fully functional property seats +/- 150 people inside, plus an outdoor patio for 50+ patrons. Also features an upstairs apartment or owner's office. Located at the signalized intersection at the corner of heavily traveled Rt. 130. Could easily be re-purposed for another user/business or perhaps a candidate for redevelopment. The opportunities for this property are endless!! Owner financing considered. Will also consider leasing property at $5,000/month NNN. LIQUOR LICENSE IS NOT INCLUDED IN SALE, BUT CAN BE PURCHASED SEPARATELY   SALE PRICE $459,900

 

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Clancy Pub, 304 Crescent Blvd., Brooklawn. For decades this property was the home of Waynes Log Cabin, owned by Tony Villari. What a great guy he was. This was a hangout for many Ironworkers in the South Jersey/Philadelphia area. I remember sitting at the bar with John Gorecki. It is early in the day. Sitting across from us were two big men. Someone said, "Hey Chalie that guy on the other side of the bar was the bum who gave your father a lot of shit last night. Chalie just walked into the bar.  Before another word was spoken Chalie was on top of the one guy beating the crap out of him. "You gave my 66-year-old father a hard time, you bastard," as he threw one fist after the other hitting him in the face. Chalie was a lot smaller than both of these guys. So Tony, who is in his late 60s and his 80-year-old brother were holding back the other guy from getting involved. I said to John, (nobody besides us were in the bar) "What should we do?  He said, "Don't do anything, just sit and watch."   A few minutes later those two guys were thrown out the door. Chalie sat down and drank a beer as though nothing happened.   This happened in the late 80s early 90s. After Tony died the property sat empty for many years. 

 

The following description is from New Jersey Tax Search (source here)

304 CRESCENT BLVD is a Commercial property with 5623 sq/ft of space. Taxes are $19,759 annually. This property was built in 0000 and is owned by JAV OF BROOKLAWN ENTERPRISES LLC who lives at 304 CRESCENT BLVD. This property was last sold on 2005-06-13 for $200,000. This property is valued at $35 per sq/ft based on sales price. This property is valued at $86 per sq/ft based on total assessment. This property is zoned 130A, The building description is 1.5SFSA and land description is 200X168.

 

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CORRECTION: IT was the day for recyclable pickup, there was an empty box in plain view, along with bottles, papers in the two trash cans. The facts remain the same. The contractor should have disposed of the items. ~CNBNews

This past week on one of our walks Joe Berry, 27 S. Stinson Avenue spoke to us about his trash/recyclables not being picked up on December 31. We reviewed a  video from his Ring camera that displayed an employee who works for the Trash collector hired by Gloucester City, walking by Berry's two trash cans (near the telephone pole stacked against the black fence)without looking inside of either one.  Berry said this has happened before specifically on September 23 and October 22, 2020.

On December 31 Berry said he called the trash contractor at 8:18 and 8:48 AM. 

"I called the Gloucester City Public Works at 8:24, when I got no answer I decided to drive to the city compound on Brick Street. At 9 AM I spoke with city employee Jack Zuccarelli. He said he would call the trash contractor and promised our trash/recyclables would be picked up by the end of the day. We are still waiting, so much for promises."

When we looked at the video we saw the employee standing a few feet from Berry's two large receptacles. He picked up the neighbors trash but he ignored Berry's trash. 

This has been an ongoing problem for the Berry family. Who is responsible in the City Public Works Department that handles a problem like this? Why doesn't anyone answer the phone at that compound? Mr. Berry pays his taxes he is entitled to having his trash/recyclables picked up on a timely basis. 

 

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Fine Line Home Remodeling (FLHR) and Construction Management have opened an office at 309 South Broadway, Gloucester City. Many moons ago the building was the home of The Celtic Tavern, also Johnny Blues.  When the bar was Johnny Blues there was a City Judge who used to sit at the back of the bar in the shadows. I always wonder why he and several city politicians met there for their pow wows. 

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MEGALEX LLC, the owner of 337-343 South Broadway, for sale. It last sold in 1998 for $384,159. Presently it is listed by Loopnet for $350,000. The building was the home of Gloucester Plumbing Supply for many years before the owner moved into a new location at 520 S. Broadway. Last year the City of Gloucester City approved an Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG) for $80,000 for MEGALEX.  Wonder why MEGALEX needs a UDAG loan if they are selling the property?

The following description is from New Jersey Tax records (Source here)

 

337-343 S BROADWAY is a Commercial property with 0 sq/ft of space. Taxes are $11,604 annually. This property was built in 0000 and is owned by MEGALEX, LLC who lives at 17 REMINGTON DRIVE, Berlin. This property was last sold on 1998-12-31 for $384,159.  

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JACK'D FITNESS LLC, the owner of 344 South Broadway (Block 132, Lot 44 in Gloucester City, NJ, shown above)  also received a UDAG loan last year from the City of Gloucester City, for $40,000.

 The following description is from New Jersey Tax records (Source here): 

 

344 S BROADWAY is a Commercial property with 0 sq/ft of space. Taxes are $2,631 annually. This property was built in 0000 and is owned by JACK'D FITNESS LLC who lives on BARNARD AVENUE. This property was last sold on 2020-08-17 for $60,000. In 2020 the owner received a $40,000 Urban Development Action Grant (UDAG). 

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Renovations are nearly complete on the former Gloucester Terrace properties Crescent Blvd. (CNBNews photo)

 

The construction work on the Gloucester Terrace portion of the River Pointe complex is ongoing. And many of the condos are finished in the other section of the compound once known as Chatham Square/Reading Manor. Those condos are leasing for $1400 and $1800 a month. 

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FOR COMPLETE DETAILS OF THE SALE OF THE PROPERTY between the City of Gloucester City and Cyzner Properties   (CLICK HERE)

 

RELATED: Gloucester City Sells the 100 Chatham Square Apartments for $1.5 Million with Contingencies

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Gloucester City Democrat Club, 6 N. Broadway
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THE GLOUCESTER CITY DEMOCRAT CLUB, 6 North Broadway is For Sale. How many people ever thought they would see the Democrat Club being put on the market. After all, the Democrats have owned this property for nearly 60 plus years going back to the mid-1960s.

 

Commercial building for sale- approximately 1500 sq ft. The first floor is open throughout and includes 1/2 bath and closet. Full basement for storage. 2nd floor includes large conference room, back room office and 1/2 bath. This is a prime location for any business, highly visible with access to public transportation. Located close to the corner of Monmouth street and Broadway, across from Bank of America. Be a part of the revitalization of Gloucester City. Property conveyed "as is". Buyer responsible for obtaining the Gloucester City certificate of occupancy and any/all repairs for lender. source LOOPNET (sale is pending)

 

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The Gloucester City Housing Office cited a property owner in the Riverview Heights section of the city for placing their trash out days before pickup. The citation also drew attention to the trash piled in the back yard which includes a rusty Ford Mustang without a license plate or registration sticker. Recently the house next to this property was renovated and sold. How would you like to live nearby and have to look at this deplorable site? 

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The trash was placed out days before pickup. The heavy winds blew the debris throughout the block. The Housing Office cited the property owner for violating the ordinances. A few days afterward the property owner had loose trash piled up alongside his house. In the back of their yard, there is a rusty Ford Mustang with no license plate or registration sticker. Storing junk cars on a property is against the law in the City of Gloucester City. (CNBNews photo)

 

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The violation notice was taped on the front door of the property by the City Housing Office.  People put their trash out too early, especially on recycling days.  They have no lids on the receptacle and all it takes is for the wind to blow it over and the refuse blows throughout the block. One person like this individual can ruin a neighborhood. Kudos to the Housing Office for their efforts to try and put a stop to this annoying problem.
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A few days later after being cited and having the trash picked up, the property owner started to pile loose trash up alongside his house. In the back of their yard, this same person is storing a rusty Ford Mustang with no license plate or registration sticker. Storing junk cars on a property is against the law in the City of Gloucester City. (CNBNews photo)

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If a car or big rig approaches the bird it just stands there and dares the driver to hit him. Someone suggested the turkey sees its reflection on the vehicle which would explain why it pecks at the automobiles. But if that is the case why isn't the rest of the flock that lives nearby doing the same thing?
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TOMMY THE TURKEY must have a death wish. We caught him last week at the heavily traveled intersection of  US Route 130 and Market StreetGloucester City stopping traffic in both directions. A large tractor and trailer jammed his breaks on to avoid hitting "Tom".  He has been tacking all kinds of vehicles since early fall. It is surprising how many good samaritans get out of their vehicles and try chasing the bird of the street and into the nearby woods. Hopefully, nobody gets killed; but this situation is definitely an accident waiting to happen. 

Screen Shot 2021-01-03 at 15.4.45Traffic stops in all directions just to watch Tommy T strut the turkey trot (CNBNews photo)

RELATED: 

Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Gloucester City, Chapter I)

Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Brooklawn Chapter II)

Peyton and Me Meandering Through the Streets of South Jersey (Gloucester City Chapter III)

Peyton and Me Meandering through the streets of South Jersey (Gloucester City Chapter IV)

Peyton and Me Meandering Through South Jersey (Gloucester City Chapter V)

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