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5/12/2011 - Economic Progress Continues to Move Forward in Hamilton


Economic Progress Continues to Move Forward in Hamilton

Construction, Expansion, New Businesses and Economic Activity Show Vibrancy in Local Economy While Town Highlights Opportunities During Business Week


While Township officials and partnering business associations work together to highlight the opportunities that await current and future companies during Hamilton Business Week, economic progress continues to move forward in New Jersey’s 8th largest town – which is a promising sign for the local and state economy.


“In all corners of our community, we are seeing new projects and incoming applications, as well as renovations of existing commercial properties and the filling of some available locations,” reports Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo.  “While the state, national and global economies are enduring challenges, the recent activity we have seen in Hamilton is yielding a cautious, but noticeable, optimism that you can feel in the local business community.”


Along Hamilton’s largest business corridor, State Highway 33, the continuing renovations of Hamilton Plaza are poised to bear new occupants, including Texas Roadhouse, Five Guys (Burgers and Fries) and Moe’s Southwestern Grill, while expansion of property owned by the proprietors of Brothers Pizza takes place just down the road.  In addition, the renovations to Shop Rite are leading up to the reopening of the supermarket in the near future. 


Also taking place along State Highway 33 is required remediation work for the future 5,131 sq. ft. IHOP (International House of Pancakes), while a recent application for a new Grand Bank branch location and permit application for Jersey Girl Deli also illustrates activity along the corridor.  Already approved by the Township’s Zoning Board last fall a new McDonalds on their current State Highway 33 location, while Hamilton’s Mazda dealership is currently renovating their State Highway 33 location.  And further down the highway, the previously approved 14,490 sq. ft. Walgreen’s Pharmacy project for the corner of Nottingham Way (part of State Highway 33) and Klockner Road (old Siperstein’s location) is moving forward as it was just recently issued a demolition permit which will precede the renovation of the property.    


But Route 33 is not the only portion of Hamilton’s commercial areas that is witnessing economic activity.  Across town, along the South Broad Street corridor, TJ Maxx recently opened in Independence Plaza, while approvals for a new Popeye’s location near Independence Plaza and the reinvigoration of the long-vacant Pathmark location – bringing a 22,479 sq. ft. Bottom Dollar and other retail stores to the property – as Township officials review permit applications for the project to move forward.


On US Highway 130 in Hamilton, activity is spring in the Hamilton Marketplace.  Hamilton Inspection officials have issued permits for a Yogurt Land, as well as received fit-out requests for Yankee Candles and a Weight Watchers.  Further down the highway, Doraldo’s Ristorante Italiano has submitted an application to locate in Buckley’s Plaza.  And in the Shoppes at Hamilton, a new application for Learning Express has been received by Township officials.


Not far from the US Highway 130 corridor, on Klockner Road, recent pre-construction meetings have taken place between Hamilton officials and representatives of Weber Scientific for a 16,800 sq. ft. addition.  An 11,900 sq. ft. office warehouse on nearby Black Forest Drive for Carlton Properties was also approved in the middle of April by the Township Planning Board.


Also nearby on the corner of Klockner Road and Kuser Road, is a property under review by the Township Zoning Board for an application for the over 220,000 sq. ft. Homestead at Hamilton, which would entail senior residential units, assisted living care units, and an Alzheimer’s wing.  And next to this property, White Eagle Printing is proposing a 13,500 sq. ft. addition. 


Further down Klockner Road, long-vacant office buildings previously built by the Opus Group are preparing to be occupied by the Genesis Biotechnology Group.  Two 60,000 sq. ft. buildings currently exist, while approvals for two additional buildings were previously secured.  Genesis Biotechnology Group’s plans for the site include constructing 30,000 sq. ft. of laboratory space, office space, conference rooms and a cafeteria, along with space for the company’s human resource, sales, marketing and accounting departments.  


Other locations across the community are also enjoying economic progress.  Last week, Hamilton Mayor John Bencivengo cut the ceremonial ribbon to welcome Quakerbridge Pharmacy to University Plaza near the corner of Flock Road and Quakerbridge Road.  And just down from that location, along Sloan Avenue, an application for a six store site, the Shoppes at AMC has been received by Hamilton Township.  And on the other side of Interstate 295, new commercial space at the American Metro site has recently been filled.        


“As exciting as this level of economic activity is, even more promising is interest that we are generating at some other, long-vacant commercial properties.  And while the interest is still preliminary, it is illustrating an optimism in the future of our local economy in Hamilton Township ,” explains Mayor Bencivengo. 


“However, we are continuing to do everything that we possibly can to promote the opportunities that exist in our community in many different and unique ways – whether it is through our new ‘Business’ website, marketing efforts to reach business leaders outside of our local region, work on our community-wide Master Plan update that will provide the groundwork for the future of our entire township and plans for the next phase of our newly-established Arts and Cultural District,” continues Mayor Bencivengo.   “And as these and other initiatives continue to move forward, we eagerly await what the future has in store for ‘America’s Favorite Hometown.’ ”