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Riverwinds ‘open to anything’ for remaining development

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West Deptford Mayor Denise DiCarlo tours the Riverwinds complex where West Deptford wants to develop the final 60 acres of the Riverwinds complex, including a cove near the community center. (Photo: JOHN ZIOMEK/COURIER-POST)

From a recent article by the Courier Post’s Carly Romalino:

WEST DEPTFORD – Boaters cruised through the cove between Riverwinds Restaurant and Ron Jaworski’s West Deptford golf course on Memorial Day weekend.  Picnickers lounged on blankets along the river. Teenagers launched kayaks and canoes into the waterway.

“You come down here, and it’s just cool,” Mayor Denice DiCarlo told the Courier Post on Monday, standing at the kayak launch with fog blurring the Philadelphia skyline across the river.

“There aren’t many places like this around.”

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Fourteen acres along the river south of the restaurant might be high-rise condominiums, according to DiCarlo’s admittedly flexible vision for the site.

Another 11 acres between the community center and the township’s sports fields might be a medical center. Fourteen acres at Riverwinds and Eagle Point drives could be houses, and 14 more acres along the cove could support a hotel and ballroom along a walkable area with an ice cream parlor or coffee shop, the mayor imagined.

“The vision of this place really is to build it up,” DiCarlo said.

“I’m really open to anything so long as it fits in with the master plan.”

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Developing the four township-owned parcels, which would be sold to developers, would complete the Riverwinds plan, DiCarlo said.

Read more: at The Courier Post