August 2, 2013 |
Under gray skies and drenching rains Thursday morning, construction crews in Camden started to tear away at the facade of the former Sears, Roebuck & Co. store, almost two months after demolition started June 5. While much of the rear of the structure on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard now lies in a pile of bricks and steel, the front facade and the side facing Memorial Avenue remained largely intact until Thursday. About 9 a.m., workers from Winzinger Inc. of Hainesport slowly began taking out large chunks of the top of the facade, transforming the front of the building into a skeleton of steel girders.
June 20, 2012 |
The landmarks Camden has lost or tossed away could fill a hall of shame. They include long-gone but still-beloved buildings like the Stanley Theater, the Walt Whitman Hotel, and the Broadway Methodist Church, a list to which the shuttered Sears store on Admiral Wilson Boulevard soon will be added. Let's point out that the disappearance of any single structure in Camden has been far less damaging to the city's viability than the wholesale clearance of blocks along Broadway, Mickle, Federal, and Market between the Delaware River and 10th Street.
June 16, 2012 |
In a perfect world, Camden's historically significant Sears Building, which 85 years ago began welcoming motorists from Philadelphia into the smaller industrial city, would have new life in the 21st century. But perfection rarely applies to anything, and certainly to very little in New Jersey's poorest city, which, since Sears moved its premier store to Moorestown in 1971, has mostly tried to survive on a steady diet of decline. With that in mind, it's no wonder that Camden Mayor Dana Redd labeled Monday's announcement that the Sears Building would be razed as "great news.
June 13, 2012 |
The Sears building that has been vacant for years on Admiral Wilson Boulevard in Camden was sold Monday to Campbell Soup Co. for $3.5 million after years of litigation. The former department store will be razed to make room for a 13-acre office park, which Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said would ideally house professional firms and new businesses in the financially struggling city. "It's a win for us, a win for the city, and hopefully a win" for former owner Ilan Zaken, Sanzio said.
June 10, 2012 |
Officials in Burlington County remained on alert Saturday after a Shamong Township resident reported seeing a bear eating from her bird feeder. The bear, which was spotted in the Oakview trailer park, had retreated to the nearby woods by the time police responded. A New Jersey state police official said that although the bear did not threaten anyone, park rangers and officials from the state Department of Environmental Protection remain on alert. The day before, police shot a bear with a tranquilizer gun at an office park in the northern part of the state, where the animals are more frequently found.
March 22, 2012 |
Last summer, hundreds of residents filled meeting halls in Horsham to say what they didn't want built on the site of the now-shuttered Willow Grove Naval Air Station: a commercial airport. But as area planners met Wednesday to approve a final proposal to fill the nearly 900-acre hole in the heart of their community, precious few looked on. "Now we have a plan to move forward," W. William Whiteside III, chairman of the Horsham Land Reuse Authority, told about 30 people.
December 6, 2011 |
A plan by Camden and Campbell Soup Co. to acquire and likely demolish the Sears building on the Admiral Wilson Boulevard may proceed, according to a state appeals court decision Monday. But the nearly five-year delay in resolving lawsuits by Ilan Zaken, who bought the once-regal structure in 2006, and Camden activist Frank Fulbrook has Campbell and the city wondering how to proceed with the redevelopment plan. "We'll have to evaluate all our options," Campbell spokesman Anthony Sanzio said.
September 10, 2011 |
A Washington Township police officer has been charged in a hit-and-run accident last month that left a Camden County man in a coma. Kelly Gunderson, 33, of Gloucester Township, turned herself in to state police Friday and was released after surrendering her driver's license. She is accused of striking Vance Banks, 27, of Winslow, with her personal car around 1 a.m. Aug. 18, then fleeing. Banks was walking along Sicklerville Road in Winslow on his way home from his job as a security guard at an office park in Gloucester Township.
May 13, 2011 |
MUNSTER, Ind. - On one of the most important days on the beer calendar, when fevered drinkers from across the U.S. travel to northwest Indiana to buy one of the world's rarest beers, the unthinkable happened. Cradling a box of his newfound bounty, a man in jeans and a black jacket dropped a bottle of the day's manna. The 22-ounce bottle of Dark Lord - a pitch-black, high-alcohol stout made by Three Floyds Brewing for release this very day - shattered, its black, frothy gold spreading across the asphalt.