A state court has rejected a petition seeking a public referendum on a plan to jump-start the stalled LumberYard redevelopment project in downtown Collingswood, two local news organizations are reporting.
Superior Court Judge John T. Kelley ruled Monday that ordinances duly approved by a municipal government are not subject to approval by voters as well.
A citizens’ committee led by longtime borough resident and LumberYard opponent Joseph DiNella had collected 415 signatures in support of a referendum. Opponents are concerned about a 25-year municipal property tax abatement and other aspects of a proposal by the Ingerman Group of Cherry Hill to finish a vacant residential building and construct an office building and additional residential units at the Haddon Avenue complex. l
“The project is moving ahead,” Mayor James Maley said by phone Tuesday. “We're glad this (legal matter) is over.”