The plan to transfer the 16-acre plot where the Riverfront State Prison once stood to the state Economic Development Authority is one signature away from becoming a reality.
A bill sponsored by State Sen. Donald Norcross (D., Camden) and Assemblyman Angel Fuentes (D., Camden) asking to sell the prison property to the EDA for $1 passed in the legislature earlier today and was sent to Gov. Christie for final approval.
"The Riverfront Prison has been a dangerous blight on Camden's waterfront for too long," Norcross said in a statement. "We can begin the process of replacing the site with development that will bring jobs and ratables to the city."
As I reported last month, the site has been vacant for three years in part because legislators did not realize until recently that legislation was needed to transfer the land for redevelopment.