NJ Developer Attends Meeting with Select Group of City Businessmen/Politicians to Discuss Freedom Pier Plan
William E. Cleary Sr. | CNBNews
GLOUCESTER CITY, NJ (January 24 2022)(CNBNews)--The Gloucester City Business Association held a meeting last week at the old Highland Park Fire Hall, Highland Blvd., and Sylvan Avenue for invitees only to discuss a new plan for the development of the Gloucester City waterfront at Freedom Pier. The presentation was given by representatives of the Meridia Capodagli Property, of North Jersey. Below is an artist sketch of the building the developer has proposed to erect on the Pier. It will extend from the water's edge back to King Street. The first floor would house shoppes and a restaurant. Built on the top of those businesses would be one bedroom condominiums.
Some of those in attendance included Mayor Dayl Baile and some councilmen, along with members of the business association, Lions and Rotary Club. Also, former mayors, Robert Bevan, Chuck Billingham and Robert Gorman. From what our sources told us there were about 60 people at the meeting.
The Press, specifically yours truly, was not invited.
When asked why the press wasn't asked along with the general public Mayor Baile said in a email, "This first meeting was hosted by the Business Association and they were the ones who invited certain groups for feedback. I am planning on having some public meetings at the school later in February, which you will be certainty invited to. Please remember this is just preliminary, and I'm trying my best to move things forward for Gloucester City."
"This is just the first sketch from the developer, I'm sure many design changes are to come. This is just the very beginning of a long process to see if their project will be feasible. There is no agreement signed with them at this point other than for them to do their early due diligence and some test borings. I will keep you in the loop as things progress, and would appreciate your support on this project," said the mayor.