Bordentown Township keeping its businesses up to date
Apr 01, 2013 08:40AM ● Published by Community News Service
With Mayor Jim Cann in attendance, Rita’s Water Ice of Bordentown christened its new location, holding a grand opening March 8. While Rita’s isn’t new to Bordentown Township, having been located at 680 on Route 206 previously, owner Dawn D’Alicandro thinks the opening at the new location, 650 Route 206, will help drum up more business in the community. On top of providing a better opportunity to be seen from the highway, the new location also brings the allure of its proximity to Russ Ayres Hot Dog Stand, which has been “a staple in the community for over 60 years,” D’Alicandro said. The space is everything that D’Alicandro could have asked for, the owner said. “I always felt it was a quaint family-oriented location with its outside patio seating and park-like setting,” D’Alicandro said. “It was not far from the former location, so we were able to stay close to the community.” D’Alicandro said both Rita’s and Russ Ayres will be able to draw off each other, starting on the first day of spring, when Rita’s holds its free ice day; that day will also kickstart Russ Aryes’ extension of hours to 8 p.m. While the swapping of locations for Rita’s is the only completed update, it is just one of several ventures in the works for the township of Bordentown. Cann said the Fulton Bank on the Team 85 Campus—a re-development project by K. Johnson Enterprises, LLC, which is run by former NFL wide receiver Kevin Johnson—has broken ground and could be finished before the end of the year. Bordentown Community Development Director Brian Johnson set a timeframe for completion for the fall of 2013. Also on the Team 85 Campus is the St. Francis Medical Center, which is waiting for state approvals to start construction on the interior of the building. While the shell of the building was completed by Kevin Johnson and his contractors, St. Francis is waiting to send in its contractors to customize the interior for its needs before occupying the space, Brian Johnson said. In other news, the Waterfront Transit Development has secured its financing and should be starting building construction shortly. There is a commercial parcel under contract, which is set to come before the re-development committee and planning board for approvals soon, Cann said. The project entails several aspects, including a new stop on the River Line that connects Camden and Trenton, Johnson said. “It’s a large multi-family housing development and transit village that is going to be constructed right along the southern end of Bordentown along Route 130 and Burlington Street,” Brian Johnson said. “Also, the River Line, which runs from Camden to Trenton, runs right through the project, so they will be building a light rail stop there in conjunction with the multi-family housing and the commercial portion of it.” Johnson also noted that there will also be affordable housing provided by Lutheran Social Ministries. Another re-development in Bordentown will be taking place where Route 130 and Route 206 meet. The SAAJ re-development project, which is building a Holiday Inn Express, has secured financing and should commence construction soon, Cann said. The project received the preliminary approval a few years back with plans of building in stages to replace what used to be the Edgewood Motel, but the contractors needed more funding. That funding was recently given by the U.S. Small Business Administration, and the contractors can now begin construction, although this time around it will be in one stage, Johnson said. There is also room on the property for a chain restaurant, but one has not been secured yet, he said. In addition to this news, Bordentown also anticipates a new owner of the Burger King property at 225 Route 130 that has been sitting vacant for “quite a while,” Johnson said. The property was been purchased, he said, but no applications for the site have been filed with the town. The township, however, had recently spoken with AT&T Cellular franchise about the site, Cann said. Another vacant space, the Bob Maguire site that abruptly closed in January, was in the process of being purchased by another group when General Motors pulled the franchise from Maguire, Cann said.