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Route 130, Bridge Over Timber Creek Reconstruction Project Expected to Go Out for Bid Later This Year; Project to Improve Roadway drainage at West Brooklawn Circle.

The Route 130, Bridge over Timber Creek project is expected to go out for bid later this year pending the completion of right-of-way agreements and permitting, and the resolution of utility conflicts, said Brian Ahrens, Public Information Officer for the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT).

The purpose of the project is to replace an existing bridge over Timber Creek and improve roadway drainage at the west Brooklawn Circle.

SJO recently sent an email to NJDOT asking when the project was projected to start and we also requested a copy of the project plan that was presented during a Public Information Session in March, 2019.

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On December 17, 2020, the Westville governing body finally adopted Ordinance No. 12-2020, which authorizes the execution of an agreement of sale between the Borough and the Commissioner of Transportation for a conveyance of a portion of Block 11, Lot 1, which is owned by the Borough for the Route 130 Bridge over Big Timber Creek Project.

According to the March, 2019 Public Information Meeting Notice:

The Proposed Project

The existing 5-span bridge over Big Timber Creek will be replaced with a 3-span continuous bridge while maintaining the existing roadway and bridge profile.

The new bridge opening will accommodate required hydrologic and hydraulic requirements and satisfies the minimum clearance of 14’-0”.

A new fender system will be installed at the center span to accommodate the navigational channel with a clear horizontal opening of approximately 100’-0”.

The total out-to-out new bridge width will be 91’-2”, which is approximately 19’-0” wider than the existing bridge.

Additional proposed improvements along Route 130 also include the following:

  • Full depth reconstruction, milling, and resurfacing
  • A concrete curb/barrier along southbound New Broadway Road to retain the high tide water away from the roadway.
  • A stormwater basin to reduce flooding frequency during high tide event.
  • Retaining wall along southbound Route 130 to minimize environmental impacts
  • Improve outside shoulder width to 8’ within the limits of the project
  • ADA compliant sidewalks and curb ramps

Construction will be divided into multiple phases to optimize traffic operations and minimize traffic impacts to the traveling public.

Advance construction warning signs will be posted to inform motorists of upcoming work and lane closures.

State Police oversight is anticipated for this operation.

Estimated Project Schedule (based on funding availability)
Design: 2018-2020
Construction: 2020-2023

There’s a Facebook Group For That!

Whenever there are heavy rains, a hide tide, or a full moon, there is always the burning question: Will the Brooklawn Circle flood today?

To help with that, our friend Mark Matthews (who runs the website 42 Freeway) started the Facebook group: Is the Brooklawn Circle Flooded? The group currently has 4,100 members and information is shared about the current flooding status at the circle.

Mark said that he started the group out of necessity. People were always asking in other town Facebook groups if the circle was flooded. He added that he founded the group “partially, tongue in cheek. I never expected 4,000 + members.”

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Former Verizon Store Property in Brooklawn Sold for $600,000

603 W. Browning Road sold for $600,000 on October 8, 2020. The building was most recently used as a Verizon store.

The seller was listed as Kar-John, LLC, of Long Neck, Delaware and the buyer was listed as SAJ Associates of Lawnside, according to property records.

Image credit: Camden County

The property was once home to John’s Ticket Service and also a Cumberland Farms.

In June, 2006, Cumberland Farms sold the property for $165,000, property records show.

Photo of the closed John’s Ticket Service. Image credit: Property listing from Loop.net.

We recently reached out to the Brooklawn Borough Clerk via email to find out what might be going in there, and we haven’t heard back.

We will update this story with new information once it is received.

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Mayor Kenney to S.J. Mayors: “We Are Working to Increase Patrols & Limit Noise”

In a letter addressed to the mayors of Bellmawr, Brooklawn, Gloucester City, and Westville regarding the excessive noise from”Boom Cars,” Philadelphia James Mayor responded on September 2, 2020.

SJO was forwarded a copy of the letter from Mayor Kenney’s office.

Thanking the mayors for bringing the matter of “excessive noise from motor vehicles” to his attention, Mayor Kenney stated that he has reached out to the Police Department and “we are working to increase patrols and limit the noise coming from those areas listed in [the] letter.”

Mayor Kenney thanked the the mayors for their “continued partnership and patience as we deal with this issue.”

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Brooklawn Planning Board to Decide Whether to Investigate Browning Lane Apts. As Areas in Need of Redevelopment

The Brooklawn Planning Board will conduct a virtual, public hearing on June 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. to enable the Board to undertake a preliminary investigation as to whether or not to recommend that certain properties be designated as “areas in need of redevelopment.”

The blocks and lot numbers are:

  • Block 117, Lots 95, 96, 97, 98 and 99
  • Block 120, Lots 51, 52, 53, 54 and 55
  • Block 121, Lots 16, 17, 18, 19 and 20

Tax records show that the properties in question are the Brooklawn Norse Apartments at 301, 401, and 501 Browning Lane and that Collier International NJ of Newark is listed as the property owner.

The Planning Board is to issue notices to the affected property owners and to the public in order to fulfill the requirement that comprehensive notice was given of the public hearing.

The Local Redevelopment and Housing Law provides municipalities with certain powers to assist them in redeveloping areas and properties within its boundaries.

The Planning Board has been asked to examine whether these properties meet the statutory criteria to be designated as “areas in need of redevelopment.”

This is the first step in a process that could give the Borough the power to acquire, if necessary, these properties through the use of eminent domain.

Therefore, what is commonly known as a condemnation action could be brought by the Borough to acquire these properties for the purposes described in the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

This Law provides municipalities with certain powers to assist them in redeveloping areas and properties within its boundaries.

The redevelopment process consists of several phases including the “determination of need” phase and the “redevelopment plan” phase.

The “determination of need” phase involves an investigation of the targeted sites and a determination as to whether the conditions in the target areas meet the criteria set forth in State Law allowing the Borough to redevelop that area.

The Planning Board has been asked by formal Resolution of the Brooklawn Borough Council to perform a study to determine if the conditions are present at the subject properties that meet the criteria contained in the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law for these properties to be deemed “in need of redevelopment.”

The hearing that will occur on June 24, 2020 before the Planning Board is part of the “determination of need” phase.

If the Planning Board determines these properties to be an area in need of redevelopment, this will be the first step in a redevelopment determination that will establish a “Condemnation Redevelopment Area,” which will authorize the Borough of Brooklawn to exercise the power of eminent domain to acquire property in the delineated area.

Persons who are interested in, or would be affected by, a Resolution of the Planning Board recommending the adoption by the Borough Council of the Borough of Brooklawn of a Resolution designating of the above listed properties to be “in need of redevelopment” are strongly encouraged to attend this hearing and state your opinions concerning such action.

Any objections to the adoption of such a Resolution by the Planning Board be filed, in writing, to the Planning Board prior to the hearing.

If the Planning Board adopts a Resolution recommending the adoption by the Brooklawn Borough Council designating the properties to be “in need of redevelopment,” any person desiring to challenge the adoption of this Resolution must do so by filing an action in lieu of prerogative writ in the Superior Court of New Jersey, Law Division, Camden County within 45 days after its adoption by the Planning Board of the Borough of Brooklawn.

Otherwise, a citizen may lose their legal right to challenge the validity of the action of the Planning Board.

A map showing the extent of the area described above is on file in the Planning Board Office at the Brooklawn Municipal Building.

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, the map will be available for inspection prior to the hearing by special appointment only.

Interested persons wishing to view the map may do so by contacting the Planning Board Secretary, Maria Branson, at 856-456-0750 Extension 104 on weekdays between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. or via email at taxcollector@brooklawn-nj.com to make an appointment.

Anyone who is interested in, or who would be affected by the adoption of a Resolution recommending the adoption by the Brooklawn Borough of a Resolution designating of the above listed properties to be “in need of redevelopment,” as defined in N.J.S.A. 40A:12A-1 et. seq. (the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law), and who favor or are against such a Resolution, may be heard at the June 24 meeting.

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Ordinance Allowing Temporary Outdoor Restaurant Seating; Retail Outdoor Sales Display Areas in Brooklawn Up For Final Passage & Adoption June 15

As part of his restart and recovery plan, “The Road Back: Restoring Economic Health Through Public Health,” Governor Phil Murphy recently announced that New Jersey will enter Stage Two on June 15, 2020.

Stage Two will include outdoor dining for restaurants and indoor, non-essential retail as of June 15.

At their June 5, 2020 meeting, Brooklawn Council introduced and approved on first reading Ordinance # 4-2020, which allows for the issuance of zoning permits effective for 120 days to permit temporary outdoor restaurant seating and retail outdoor sales display areas at existing businesses, subject to zoning and construction code requirements, and other outside agency approvals

The Ordinance will be considered for final passage and adoption after a public hearing on June 15, 2020 at 6:30 p.m.