Work to begin on new Heights housing
HADDON HEIGHTS A developer will break ground Saturday for a long-awaited residential development.
Bob Meyer Communities of Medford plans to build 27 single-family homes on seven acres overlooking Haddon Lake Park. The new neighborhood will be called Glover Mill Village, taking its name from a textile mill that once operated on the site. A $50,000 state grant will underwrite construction of a one-acre park adjacent to the homes.
"It's the largest development we've had in our town in recent history," Mayor Ed Forte said, adding that the houses are expected to sell for $400,000 and should attract buyers from inside and outside the borough.
"We've been waiting for this," the mayor said. "The idea was to have this done a few years ago, but we hit some roadblocks."
As part of a redevelopment effort called Project Garnet, Glover Mill Village became a political football during the term of the previous mayor, Scott Alexander, who launched the redevelopment effort.
Asked if his predecessor would be invited to the groundbreaking, Forte said:
"We're just getting this project off the ground, and we didn't want to make a big thing of it. We didn't send out invitations." He added: "All are welcome." - Kevin Riordan