Harris Family Charitable Foundation Leaves Mark in Camden
October 25, 2017
From a previously abandoned lot once occupied by a burned down Tyco Toy Company factory, the impressive, modern, bright Camden Mastery Charter School campus opened its doors this past August.
Inside the building’s auditorium, the corridors to which were adorned with inspirational quotes from accomplished figures like Mahatma Gandhi, Malcolm X, and Sonia Sotomayor, more than 100 students from the Cramer Hill and Molina Upper Elementary Schools gathered Wednesday for an afternoon of fun.
“I am so grateful and looking forward to seeing CamdenCatalyst impact on business in the city in the years to come,” tweeted the startup’s founder, Fredric Byarm, a Camden native and chef by trade.
The prize comes with some strings, however: companies must build their headquarters in Camden, stay in the city for three years and hire over 50 percent of their workforce from Camden during that time. The conditions actually align with Invincible City’s mission: to create local jobs and stave off the “food desert” effect, in which access to affordable, healthy food options is scarce.
Until it was cleared out in summer 2016, one side of this stretch of Broadway leading up to Martin Luther King Boulevard contained shops selling shoes and clothes, along with a nail salon. Health and education buildings towered over them.
Now, construction is slated to begin on a $70 million extension of the "eds and meds" in Camden; the Joint Health Sciences Center, to be shared by Rutgers-Camden, Rowan University and Camden County College.
The leaders of these educational institutions, Gov. Chris Christie and U.S. Rep. Donald Norcross, as well as several Camden city and county officials, gathered at the construction site along Broadway on Thursday to talk about the building and the city. Camden is counting on educational and medical institutions to create jobs for residents and to make the city a more desirable place to live. Already, 33 percent of the jobs in Camden are in health or education, according to a report provided by the Rowan University/Rutgers-Camden Board of Governors.
Camden is in the early stages of its revitalization and, in a similar to fashion to Jersey City three decades ago, the first phase of new development is happening along its waterfront. This is likely because, in both cities, there is a promenade along the water with skyline views and nearby rapid transit service.
Jersey City’s walkway along the Hudson River is across from Manhattan and is near the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail and the PATH, while Camden’s waterfront is along the Delaware River opposite Philadelphia and is close to the River Line light rail and the PATCO Speedline. Although Jersey City has seen far more development than Camden, in both cities, some developers are looking further inland as a place to build.
A partnership involving three of South Jersey’s most prominent businesses have joined forces to propose a $245 million, 375,000-square-foot building called Camden Tower that would house their respective headquarters and bring 869 jobs to Camden.
Conner Strong & Buckelew, NFI, and the Michaels Organization submitted an application under the Grow N.J.program to help fund what would be an 18-story building.
CAMDEN, N.J. (AP) — Officials in Camden have announced plans for a new waterfront park project.
Cooper's Ferry Partnership, the nonprofit organizing the project, tells the Courier-Post (http://on.cpsj.com/2lEYTJp) that the city will transform a parking lot on the RCA Pier into a park. The 2.2-acre park will cost an estimated $6 million.
Liberty Property Trust has finished assembling land and acquiring development rights for its Camden Waterfront project and plans to immediately begin building at the site.
The first phase of the sprawling $1-billion project includes the construction of One Water Street, a five-story, 222,376-square-foot office project that will serve as the corporate headquarters of American Water when complete in late 2018, Liberty said in a release on Monday.
CAMDEN - A Pennsylvania developer has proposed building a long-awaited hotel on Camden's Waterfront.
"We're moving forward with it now," developer Louis Cicalese said Monday of the planned eight-story, 180-room Hilton Garden Inn, which is expected to rise on a half-acre parking lot near Campbell's Field.
The 116,100-square-foot project would be part of a $1 billion mixed-use complex overseen by Liberty Property Trust of Malvern, Pennsylvania. That project also calls for 1.5 million square feet of office space, retail outlets and 211 homes.