Gardner’s Basin, Costco, Dr Kauffman – Thursday’s Roundup

Gardner’s Basin
Atlantic City Council voted 5-4 after an hour’s long discussion to proceed with a lease-and-management plan for Gardner’s Basin, the city’s 11.6-acre public park that is home to the Atlantic City Aquarium and Gilchrist restaurant. The plan would hand over running of the site to local developer Scarborough Properties and allow them to add a new restaurant, a water taxi, mini golf and other facilities, Erin Serpico reports for The Press of Atlantic City. Costco
An existing Shop-Rite lawsuit against a Cherry Hill ordinance the supermarket chain says was tailored to open doors to Costco could void the recently-approved redevelopment plan that green lighted the warehouse store’s construction, Kevin Riordan reports for The Inquirer. Also – read Matt Skoufalos of NJPen on residents’ concerns about the project, which is set to be built (future legal challenges aside) on a site earmarked for a mixed residential-and-commercial and transit-focused development that would have given Cherry Hill the downtown it never had. Dr. Kauffman
A grand jury has indicted Dr. James Kauffman on weapons and obstruction charges after he pulled a gun when investigators came to his office with a search warrant, Lynda Cohen reports for BreakingAC.com.

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Paint Factory Cancer Suit, South Jersey Trolls, Opioid Abuse Treatment -Thursday’s Roundup

A federal class-action lawsuit alleges that several Camden-county residents developed cancer and other illnesses due to contamination from the Sherwin-William paint plant at Gibbsboro. The plant used toxic chemicals including lead, benzene and arsenic at several sites between 1930 and 1978, according to the suit.

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Producers Raise Funds to Film “48 Blocks – The Series” in Atlantic City

A Ventnor-based team of producers is hoping to shoot a one-hour dramatic series in Atlantic City this fall. Little Rock Films + Studios is fundraising to pay for a pilot episode that would be filmed in the city in November and offered to networks after post-production next year.

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Norcross, TennAve, Rowan – Monday’s Roundup

George Norcross visited The Press of Atlantic City a couple of weeks ago for a 90-minute discussion about AC (and Camden, apparently) with the paper’s editorial board and reporters. The result was this interview published Friday, which is somewhat light on questioning of some of Norcross’ more bizarre assertions (“If we’d had casinos in Camden, you’d be looking at Las Vegas East”) but includes some interesting details, such as Norcross’s belief the state takeover of Atlantic City will continue even if Democratic gubernatorial candidate Phil Murphy (who has said he would end the takeover) wins office.

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Behind the Scenes of AC’s Tennessee Avenue Redevelopment

We took a tour of the work being done on the beach block of Tennessee Avenue in Atlantic City last week, to check out progress on buildings that will house three new businesses and a non-profit. The so-called Tennessee Avenue Renaissance Project consists of a dozen properties on the Inlet side of the street. The developers will be opening a coffee shop, a beer hall, a non-profit yoga studio and a chocolate bar in the first phase of the project this fall. The beer hall, named ‘The Ten’, is the largest space on the block, next to two vacant lots that will be transformed into an outdoor beer garden. A back room at the beer hall will feature pinball, pool tables and other games.

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Prescription Probe Pleas, Trump’s Opioid Commitment – Friday’s Roundup

We are back! Sorry for all the downtime, folks. We had a storage issue that took longer than we would have hoped to fix, but we learned a whole lot along the way about how to manage our site, so hopefully in the long-run it will mean a better user experience as we figure out how to fix everything.

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Meet Mario

Meet Mario. He lives on Bellevue and is one of the community gardeners who cares for the plot between Bellevue and Texas on Pacific. The residents have been gardening in the area for a while – although the garden has moved recently from across the street. Now it is sheltered on three sides from the wind and is a refreshing slice of greenery along Pacific. Everyone gardens their own corner.

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The Persistence of Donald

The great Trump Taj Mahal liquidation sale opened to the public at 10:00 a.m. on July 6, about eight months after the casino closed and 167 days after Donald J. Trump was sworn in as the president of the United States. History was very much the subtext of the Taj Mahal fire sale, which offered customers a chance at a piece of the Donald, recently assured of his own place in history. But since mid-February, the surname of the president has been scrubbed from the property under the terms of a deal between Donald and his friend and economic adviser, Carl Icahn, who until recently controlled the property. There were no TRUMP-branded artifacts for sale at the Taj.

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