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April 2020 Update From Bellmawr Water Department Regarding PFNA at Warren Ave. Water Treatment Facility

An April, 2020 update from the Bellmawr Water Department regarding Perfluorononanoic acid (PFNA) at the Warren Avenue water treatment facility stated that this facility has been completely off-line since October 15, 2019 and has remained closed since that date.

Borough customers will continue receiving water treated at the Leaf and Bell Water Treatment Facility and the Warren Avenue Water Treatment Facility will remain offline until the presence of PFNA at the this facility has been brought into compliance with mandated New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP) standards. The Leaf and Bell Water Treatment Facility has not detected the presence of PFNA and meets NJ-DEP standards.

On March 31, 2020, the Bellmawr Water Department completed the installation of appropriate upgrades to the Warren Avenue Water Treatment Facility in the form of an ion exchange resin filtration system to remove PFNA from the Warren Avenue Water Treatment facility potable water supply.

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Bellmawr’s Annual Drinking Water Quality Report

The Annual Drinking Water Quality report was also recently received. The Bellmawr Water Department routinely monitors for contaminants in drinking water according to Federal and State laws. This table shows the results of monitoring for the period of January 1-December 31, 2019.

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Focused Investment Partners, LLC Seeks Approval to Convert Harding Ave. Building into Medical Cannabis Grow & Cultivation Facility

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Focused Investment, Partners, LLC has filed an application seeking minor site plan approval for 136 Harding Avenue in Bellmawr. The applicant proposes to convert an existing 7,537 square foot building into Building #4 for medical cannabis grow and cultivation facility with 19 parking spaces, according to a recently published Legal Notice. The facility will be used to grow and cultivate cannabis plants for distribution by online medical marijuana vendors such as https://www.greensociety.ca/ and many others. Take note that this will only grow and maintain plants and produce medical cannabis items and not actually becoming a cannabis dispensary.

With this being said, if you are looking to open up a dispensary (if legal where you are) and the idea of growing your own products sounds like something you want to try, maybe knowing that by having equipment like Rosin Press at hand, this process may run a lot more smoothly than you may think.

Variances and waivers will be requested during the Planning Board meeting, which has been scheduled for Monday, August 5, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. in the Bellmawr Borough Hall.

The application and any other supporting documents are on file with the Board Secretary and available for inspection during regular business hours, Monday through Friday (except legal holidays) prior to the hearing.

In May, 2018, Curaleaf announced that the Bellmawr dispensary is the largest on the East Coast.

Designated as designated as Block 61, Lot 8, 136 Harding Avenue was formerly known as Block 61, Lot 8.01 and was consolidated in 2018 with Block 61, Lot 8, 111 Coolidge Avenue, and is located in the Light Industrial Zone. It last sold for $750,000.00 in November, 2018.

While doing research for this story, we learned from Mark Matthews of 42 Freeway that there is some interesting background on this property.

In the 1980’s, the 136 Harding Avenue address was used by former musician, Richard Marcus, for his “Crazy Richard’s” peanut butter.

(c) February 19, 1988 St. Joseph’s Gazette
Special thanks to Mark Matthews for providing a copy of this article.

The property was also once the address of Truxton, Inc., a pharmaceutical and medical supplier, and a family owned business since 1957.

In early, 2017, a “labeling error” traced back to Truxton, Inc. lead to a national FDA recall of Phenobarbital, a drug prescribed to young children and pets to treat epilepsy.

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Bellmawr Zoning Board OK’s Shed

Having previously denied an applicant’s permit for non-compliance with Ordinance, the Bellmawr Zoning Board approved it after the applicant’s case was heard on appeal.

A Park Drive resident applied to install a 10′ x 20′ storage shed with an approximate height of 14′ 4″.

The May 17, 2016 minutes address the flooding history between Larc School and the rear yards along Park Drive. The applicant stated he is unable to put the storage shed, which he purchased from somewhere similar to Backyard Storage Sheds, in the rear corner of his yard due to the possibility of flooding. He proposed locating the shed 6″ from the side yard property line. The utility shed will be utilized for personal use only and not for living space or commercial use, according to the minutes.

The Board asked about the flooding situation behind the applicant’s house and if the existing shed, which is on the opposite side of the house, has ever gotten water.

The applicant explained that the existing shed has gotten water, which is why he requested that the storage shed be approved in the area on the side of his house away from the rear yard looking for something similar to these 10×20 storage sheds for storage space. The applicant stated his house is the last house before [Sauter] Park and that there are no neighbors on the proposed shed side.

The applicant was questioned about the requested height of 14′ instead of the permitted 12′ and he responded that this will allow for additional storage.

The Zoning/Construction Official, Jim Burleigh, stated he examined the plans for the shed and has no problems with the placement of the shed or the requested 14′ height. Burleigh also stated the shed will be built conforming to all Uniform Construction Codes.

When the matter was brought to a vote, it passed 5-2 on roll call.

View the Zoning Board’s Minutes below:

Zoning Board Minutes 5-17-16

*Article revised 6/23/2015 12:50 p.m.

*Article updated on 6/30/2016 to include the variance that the Boro approved:

2016 Robb Variance Resolution