CNU XV: Camden board OKs razing of Sears Building, Lays $72 million on the table to develop area; state adds $22 million

In a marathon planning board meeting that ended after 1:30 a.m., New Urbanist Planning Board Member Kristine Seitz was thrown under the bus by fellow New Urbanists, who, as Yogi Berra would say, "failed to show up in droves." In the most important planning board meeting in over 100 years in Camden, NJ, planning board member Kristine Seitz met with incomprehensible stares and silence as she made case to Campbells architects and legal team to redesign massive single use office campus into mixed used and integrate it into city form and fabric. Campbells project, a sea of parking spaces between glass and steel boxes is to be "Gateway to City." ( Site is 15 minutes by subway from Loews, CNU XV. $94 million awaits New Urbanist developer who can influence Campbells before plan is put before Camden City Council for final approval.)

Wednesday, May 16, 2007

Courier-Post Staff

The city planning board voted early this morning to let the Campbell Soup Co. raze the historic Sears Building on Admiral Wilson Boulevard as part of its proposed new world headquarters and business park.

By JERRY BUCKLEY ( May 13, 2007, 3 days before planning board meeting)
For the Courier-Post The writer is senior vice president for public affairs at Campbell Soup Co. and chairman of the Campbell Soup Foundation.

Camden board OKs razing of Sears building
By Dwight Ott
After a raucous meeting that went into the wee hours yesterday morning, the Camden planning board voted, 3-2, to approve the demolition of the Sears building on Admiral Wilson Boulevard.


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