July 21, 2016 |
Six years ago, Camden County, city, and state officials announced $23 million in upgrades to the roads and sewers around the Campbell Soup Co. headquarters off the Admiral Wilson Boulevard - improvements meant to improve drainage and make the area more attractive for future business development. In late 2014, Subaru of America announced that the company would build a 250,000-square-foot headquarters and separate training facility on the site of the former Sears store. The company broke ground in December.
May 31, 2016 |
As a boy growing up in Florence Township, Craig Wilkie knew that the New Jersey Turnpike ran through farmland on the east side of town, the Pennsylvania Turnpike began west of the Delaware River, and neither was easy to access. Today Wilkie, 49, is mayor of this river town of 12,000. And those once-remote turnpikes are its economic lifeblood: arteries to a pulsing "I want it now" retail economy hungry for next-day delivery. One key to satisfying e-consumers in the Age of Amazon is the well-situated distribution center.
January 26, 2016 |
Last fall, the youth development organization Hopeworks 'N Camden hosted its first-ever hack-athon, an event aimed at using technology to find solutions to the city's economic problems. The hack-athon, sponsored by companies that included Subaru of America and Starbucks, hosted 96 young men and women, plus 20 from Hopeworks, as well as 14 developers from various companies. The event has led to a growing relationship between Hopeworks, which provides young Camden residents with high-tech job training, and Subaru, which has since offered company tours and information technology workshops to aspiring Web developers, said Hopeworks executive director Dan Rhoton.
January 7, 2016 |
Automakers on Tuesday reported record U.S. sales for 2015 and for December, and industry observers suggested that 2016 could be even better. New-vehicle sales in South Jersey, Delaware, and Southeastern Pennsylvania mirrored the national trend, with about 393,000 vehicles sold last year, compared with 375,000 in 2014, said Kevin Mazzucola, executive director of the Greater Philadelphia Auto Dealers Association. In Philadelphia, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, and Montgomery Counties, dealers sold 194,500 new vehicles in 2015, compared with 186,635 the year before, said Mazzucola, whose group runs the Philadelphia Auto Show, which will begin Jan. 30. "Car sales have been increasing for an unprecedented six years," said Michelle Krebs, senior analyst at AutoTrader.com.
December 11, 2015 |
Subaru of America on Wednesday broke ground on the site of the company's future Camden headquarters, a project that will transform a vacant plot of land off the Admiral Wilson Boulevard into a sprawling office park. The property, across from the Campbell Soup Co. complex, will be the new home base for the company's U.S. operations, bringing together four offices. In addition to the 250,000-square-foot facility planned for the land, the company will build an 83,000-square-foot training facility.
September 16, 2015 |
Mike Cannon arrives at Jersey Java and Tea with a question. "Urbanists?" he asks, glancing around the cluster of young people on the Haddonfield coffee shop's patio. Heads nod, and Cannon - who's 61 and lives in Laurel Springs - pulls up a chair and dives into the conversation. Welcome to another discussion hosted by the South Jersey Urbanists, a group that seeks to improve the region's small cities and towns by encouraging walkability, sustainability, and smarter development.
August 29, 2015 |
Over the years, New Jersey officials have come up with one scheme after another to revive Camden, the state's poorest city. First, there was the entertainment zone along the Delaware waterfront. Now, there is the Gateway District off Admiral Wilson Boulevard, near Campbell Soup. All have involved oodles of tax breaks, acres of surface parking, and relatively few jobs for the long-suffering residents of Camden. Subaru of America is the latest beneficiary of the state's generosity, and it appears to be following the same script in the name of bolstering Camden's anorexic economy.
August 24, 2015
ISSUE | TAX BREAKS Stuck in reverse The recently unveiled plans for a new Subaru of America headquarters in Camden are extremely disappointing. They consist of two squat buildings and more than 1,000 parking spaces. We taxpayers are to give up $118 million in tax revenue so that Subaru can build an outdated, suburban-style office complex within a 13-minute walk of the biggest transit hub in South Jersey. This will do nothing to revitalize the city. That would require it to encourage interaction with the city around it, and this plan pretty much guarantees that will never happen.
May 26, 2015 |
Last year, as companies announced plans to move to Camden with help from state tax incentives, a group of local business owners started talking about how they could get in on the action. Several of the corporations poised to relocate to the city in the future, including Subaru of America and Holtec International, will build new facilities there. The area's contractors and suppliers saw an opportunity for themselves, said Jim Bannon, general manager of Stelwagon Roofing Supply, which sells roofing materials and has locations in the city's Bergen Square neighborhood and Philadelphia.
February 16, 2015 |
2015 Subaru Legacy 2.5i Limited: Another humdrum midsize sedan? Price: $30,580 as tested ($26,495 for a base Limited, and $21,695 for the most basic model). Conventional wisdom: Good for February, but not a lot of fun. Marketer's pitch: "Dog tested. Dog approved. " (Approved by Mr. Driver's Seat's three dogs, as well.) Reality: More fun than it first appears - and still practical. Sedan delivery: I've always liked Subaru's roomy Forester crossover and the cute, versatile Impreza hatchback.