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Rt. 73 S. Redevelopment: Public Hearing and Information Session and Q&A!

Questions about the Rt. 73 S. Redevelopment Area Project???
Public Information Session and Q&A!
Palmyra Borough Hall
Thursday, June 16, 2022
6:00 PM

ALL ARE WELCOME!

This meeting will be conducted in two parts. The first part, beginning at 6:00 PM is a Public Hearing and Information Session for the Environmental Justice lawsuit that NJ DEP filed against polluters on behalf of Palmyra residents. That litigation has now been resolved. Many area residents have or will receive notice of this meeting in the mail. Select the link below for more information.

NOTICE OF INVESTIGATION AND REMEDIATION AT THE FORMER FILLIT SAND AND GRAVEL SITE

Immediately following at 6:30 PM, Mayor Gina Tait and members of Borough Council will hold a general Q&A to answer any and all questions you may have about this important redevelopment project and the benefits our residents, businesses and taxpayers will receive as a result. Come one, come all! Light refreshments will be provided.

Following is an open letter from Mayor Tait to residents about this important meeting…

Dear Neighbor,

As many of you are aware, the Borough of Palmyra is in the midst of redeveloping the 189-acre Rt. 73 S. Redevelopment Area located along the southbound side of Rt. 73.

The project will be completed over several phases with initial emphasis on construction of two 700,000 SF warehouses – one on the site of the former drive-in movie/flea market, which is presently under construction (perhaps you’ve seen the walls go up recently while driving by!), with the second warehouse to be built on the former Fillit Sand and Gravel Site (old landfill area). In addition, 102 affordable housing units will be constructed adjacent to the Palmyra Cove Nature Park beginning next year. Future phases include commercial development of the properties that front Rt. 73.

This redevelopment project will provide us with significant benefits including more ratables to help ease the burden on our taxpayers, job opportunities for residents, community development funds and recreational improvements. Plus, the new affordable housing units will satisfy our obligations under the state’s Fair Share Housing Center/Council on Affordable Housing mandates while also providing beautiful and modern affordable housing for current and future residents.

In order to help facilitate clean-up of the environmental contamination of the former landfill site, our partner in this project, the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, filed an Environmental Justice lawsuit against the former landowner. Well, it worked! The Borough, along with new property owner and our official redeveloper, Palmyra Urban Renewal Entity, LLC (PURE), are now pleased to announce that the lawsuit is settled and remediation is underway! In addition, 30-acres of open space will be dedicated to the Palmyra Cove Nature Park that includes more trails and connectivity to the existing park!

In accordance with the Environmental Justice Law, N.J.S.A. 13:1D-157, et seq., and NJDEP AO 2021-25, PURE and the Borough are holding a joint public participation and information meeting at Palmyra Borough Hall on Thursday, June 16, 2022 at 6:00 PM. Immediately following at 6:30 PM, members of Borough Council and I will also be answering your questions about the redevelopment project.

Please consider attending this important special meeting! Light refreshments will be served and we’ll be pleased to address any questions and concerns about this exciting project.

Very truly yours,

Gina Ragomo Tait
Mayor, Borough of Palmyra

 

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