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Taking the next step to jump start economic development in West Deptford, Mayor Denice Dicarlo was joined by Gloucester County officials for the unveiling of three new proposals for redevelopment at Riverwinds. Each of the proposals was submitted by established developers who have experience working in the region.
Presenting familiar ideas – for housing, shops, offices, and a hotel and conference center – the three developers laid out their competing visions for about 60 acres of available land. The projects would help complete the 1,100-acre redevelopment, whose origins predate 2000.
“The fact that there are three of them is promising,” Mayor Denice DiCarlo told township and authority officials Wednesday morning during the unveiling of the proposals, solicited in late May. “I couldn’t be more excited.”
Read more: at Philly.com
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.” Read more
A recent letter to the editor in which a West Deptford homeowner expresses his appreciation for Mayor DiCarlo’s financial management. Among his reasons, he cites the responsible management of the 2015 budget and the decision to switch to the state health benefits plan which will save over $800,000 a year for the taxpayers of West Deptford.
Read more: at nj.com
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The West Deptford Township Committee recently voted to approve the issuance of a Request for Proposals/Qualifications for redevelopment on approximately 60 acres of township owned land in the Riverwinds Redevelopment area. This RFP is a component of Mayor DiCarlo’s continuing ongoing economic development efforts for West Deptford.
From Philly.com Writer Angelo Fichera:
West Deptford officials are hoping to court prospective firms interested in building at the town’s massive redevelopment complex on the Delaware River.
Mayor Denice DiCarlo said the township hopes the request will “attract serious interest from leaders in growing business sectors like health care, customer fulfillment centers, and innovation centers that attract small businesses that feed off technology sector growth.”
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Mayor DiCarlo and the Township Committee recently voted to enter into an economic development partnership with the Gloucester County Improvement Authority.
From the Gloucester County Online story:
“West Deptford has a lot to offer to new entrepreneurs and businesses,” said GCIA Chairman Charles Fentress. “By partnering with the GCIA, West Deptford will be able to take full advantage of our staff’s expertise and our relationships with state and regional marketing forces.”
“The long-term financial health of West Deptford is dependent on our success in attracting new businesses while helping our existing corporate citizens become more competitive and profitable,” said Mayor Denice DiCarlo. Partnering with the GCIA, she said, will allow the township to take advantage of staff expertise, marketing tools and redevelopment know-how, “without spending local tax dollars.”
After republicans blocked the critical safety repairs to West Deptford’s Union Field baseball facility Mayor Denice DiCarlo did not lament. Instead she took action, securing $25,000 in private donations with another $15,000 possibly on the way. The effort was enough to win the support of the two republican committee members and the vote was able to proceed as a result of Mayor DiCarlo’s bipartisan efforts.
Read more: at the South Jersey Times
Recently the National Park borough council voted to accept a bid by West Deptford for Police Services. The proposal is for a five-year contract which would bring $535,000 of revenue into West Deptford in 2016 with the amount increasing to $579,102 a year by 2020. Under the yet to be finalized agreement, West Deptford would take over National Park patrols on Jan. 1, 2016.
From the Courier Post article: ‘The partnership “makes sense,” said West Deptford Deputy Mayor James Mehaffey, the township’s former police chief, who expects his township to hire two officers.
National Park is surrounded by West Deptford on three sides. The township’s police force often assists Westville police responding in the 1.4-square-mile borough.
“We’re at some calls before they were. We’re a large department,” Mehaffey said. “It’s a savings for the residents of National park. It will be a savings for the residents of West Deptford.”’
Read more: at the Courier Post