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Screen Shot 2021-10-22 at 20.8.24Henry Mensah, the owner of 300 N. Broadway, which is a vacant lot was given approval  to construct a  building on the property. He is going to open a tool rental business. One nearby resident who lives across the street from the lot (a circle surrounds the residential block) spoke against the new tax ratable. That residential area was the scene of  shooting in July. (Google street view)

 

 

William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews

GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ--(October 22, 2021)--The Gloucester City Planning/Zoning Board approved the minutes of the August 18 meeting which allow a tool rental business to build on the vacant property at the intersection of North Broadway and Essex Street, the exact address is 300 North Broadway. The property was once the home of several bars, such as the Erin Bar, Ferry's Seafood Restaurant, and The Pirates Inn. The building burnt down over a decade ago and the property has remained vacant ever since.  

Screen Shot 2021-10-22 at 20.7.03Looking east the vacant lot sits on the left in this image (courtesy of Google street view).

 

Resident Robert Tomlin, of 320 Essex Street spoke against the approval of the new business being built at 300 North Broadway stating the owner Henry Mensah,"doesn't like the children who will be living near the site from being on the site". He added that the lighting issues on the site will affect the neighbors, and the driveways will create more traffic and take away parking lot spaces on the street parking.  Councilman James Johnson, of 501 Park Avenue, asked about the design of the proposed building and why no pictures were provided of the style or materials of the proposed building.  This past July the 300 unit block of Essex Street was the scene of a shooting. A 

SEE ARTICLE: Essex Street Residents Say Multiple Shots Fired at Victim; Authorities Slow to Release Information 

DEVELOPING STORY: SHOOTING IN GLOUCESTER CITY, VICTIM IN STABLE CONDITION

Voting to approve the application Howarth, Nolan, Spotts, Schultes, and Parry. Voting no Gallagher and Smollock

They also approved a parking lot expansion for St. Mary's Parish properties at 420 Monmouth and 436 Monmouth Street. 

 

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