November 23, 2016

NJ/PA Tax U-Turn, Playground Problems and the Burning Pinelands – Wednesday’s Roundup

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Governor Chris Christie has decided not to up taxes for those who live in New Jersey and commute to work in Pennsylvania, presumably after his floated plan to do just that went down like a lead balloon in South Jersey. The Asbury Park Press reports that Christie scrapped his plans to tear up his state’s tax treaty with Pennsylvania because he has found the money he needed somewhere else…. wait for it… from cutting workers’ health benefits.

Meanwhile, says that Philadelphia developer Bart Blatstein – one of the latest crop of investors hoping to save Atlantic City from itself – has decided to lease The Playground… If you’ve forgotten what The Playground is, that attests to its success. It’s the re-branded Pier One that houses luxury stores and extends into the Atlantic ocean. It’s been struggling for a while, even before Blatstein’s Tower Investments snapped it up for a bargain $2.5 million last year.

In the Pine Barrens the wind has died down, helping firefighters tackling the forest fires that burned 200 acres on Tuesday. You can read more via and watch some video at SNJToday.

We took a stroll down to Pauline’s Prairie – the mother ship of Atlantic City’s vacant lots – to check out what seems to be some action on Boraie Development’s plan for 250 rental units on the site. You can read that story here.

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