Hamilton Looks to Fill a ‘Desert’
When it Comes to One Revitalization Project
When it comes
to vacant or under-utilized properties, most passers-by are concerned about the
‘eye soars’ they present.
But in some areas, there is
another concern – a convenient access to healthy and affordable food.
A ‘food desert’ is a term used
to define areas (urban or rural) that lack easy access to ‘fresh, healthy, and
According to the United States
Departments of Agriculture, Treasury and Health and Human Services, it is a “census tract with a substantial share of
residents who live in low-income areas that have low levels of access to a
grocery store or healthy, affordable food retail outlet.” (Source: http://apps.ams.usda.gov/fooddeserts/fooddeserts.aspx).
In Hamilton Township, with
several revitalization projects taking place all across the community, Mayor
Kelly Yaede is excited that one – the Court at Hamilton project – which will
breathe new life into the former Suburban Plaza site will be anchored by a
Super Walmart that entails a grocery store component.
This component will not just
help fill a shopping center, but it will also help fill a ‘food desert’ that
has existed in and around Hamilton’s Bromley neighborhood.
we witness investment in the revitalization of a long-struggling commercial
site, that it great for our local economy and our residents. But when one can also fill a void by bringing
convenient food access to portions or our township that previously lacked that
type of access, that is a true benefit for our community,”
explains Mayor Kelly Yaede.
Residents and motorists
traveling down Nottingham Way can see the visible progress of the site’s transformation,
as construction equipment has already leveled a significant portion of former
Suburban Plaza site. And while the
project may not complete until late next year, it yields a promising and bright
horizon for a soon-to-be ridden ‘food dessert.’