Camden, NJ: A chaotic historic preservation meeting; Campbell Soup Co. may leave city.

Saturday, April 28, 2007
Courier-Post Staff

A chaotic city historic preservation commission meeting ended early Friday morning without a decision on Campbell Soup Co.'s request to tear down the Sears Building on Admiral Wilson Boulevard to make way for a $72 million world headquarters and office park. Commission member Kristine Seitz said the office park Campbell wants to build is suitable for a suburb, not a city.

She said the Campbell headquarters should have been taller, with more mixed-use development, that would have made the project seem "more urban" and a better fit with the city.

Campbell wants permission to start construction on its new world headquarters by July 16.
If that deadline is not met, the company may not only abandon its plans to expand its headquarters, but it may also leave the city, Ed Sheehan, Campbell's attorney said.
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