If your commute or general life in the area has been disrupted by work on the Black Horse Pike (our very own Route 40) near the mall lately, then The Current has some news for you on the progress of all that development. The bottom line is that the area is going to be a mess for a little while longer – but construction is finally set to begin on the retail park that the roadworks are in aid of. It’s called Gravelly Run Square and it will house 300,000 square feet of retail space. Hamilton Township’s director of community development, Phil Sartorio, told The Current that the road redesign in the area (which will also change access to the developments around the Mays Landing Country Club) should be completed shortly, while construction on the shopping center will begin this quarter.
South Jersey > Middle Jersey
South Jersey is the coolest part of New Jersey and it’s true because Patti Smith said so. She actually went one step further and said it’s more cool in the south than in Middle Jersey, where Bruce Springsteen is from. If you want to know what she was talking about (the comments related to her lack of interest – initially – in working with The Boss on Because The Night) you should listen to the latest Alec Baldwin podcast here.
Keep On Running
If your new year’s resolution is to get some exercise, there are a few events coming up that might be of interest.
There’s a Saint Patrick’s Day 10 miler or 5k along the boardwalk, starting in Margate (where there is no boardwalk), it’s a bargain-priced $25 plus a long-sleeved t shirt (while supplies last) AND raises money for charity – the information is here. Funds raised from the race go to The Donny Fund which has a fantastic mission: to aid area families affected by catastrophic illness and to promote universal positivity and optimism.
There is also an April 1 5k beer run that will be part of the Atlantic City Beer & Wine Festival. It seems a little on the pricey side to us at $75 (and it will go up to $80 tomorrow) BUT it includes a lot of beer stops along the course (which starts and ends at the Convention Center) and a “victory beer” in a cup or mug. Details here.
There is also an Atlantic City April Fools half marathon and 7k or 11k but the prices are bananas (our view. There’s probably a story in here about AC race prices). You can see all the details here, the races are on Saturday April 22 (shorter courses) and Sunday April 23 for the half marathon. Prices range from an almost reasonable $15 for the kids’ mile, to $135 for the half marathon, or $53 for the 7k and 11k.
You can find more events in our listings here.
The rest of today’s headlines below include news on the body that was dumped in an AC trash can, a local football star who picked Maryland over Ohio State and details on a Galloway Township development. Happy New Year! Don’t forget you can sign up to receive our Route 40 Roundup direct to your inbox by clicking here.