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9/21/2012 - Work to Begin on Shoppes at Hamilton Signalized Left Turn


Work to Begin on Shoppes at Hamilton Signalized Left Turn


Local shoppers should be able to enjoy easier access into US Highway 130’s Shoppes at Hamilton just in time for the holiday shopping season.


During the week of September 24th, work is set to begin on a temporary left-turn signal that will provide shoppers with access to the Shoppes at Hamilton from southbound US Highway 130.  Construction of the temporary left-turn is expected to last for five weeks, with the goal of the signal becoming operational by mid-November – just before Thanksgiving.


Construction will primarily take place during daytime hours, with lane shifts along the US Highway 130 construction area; however some night construction may be necessary.


Since its opening in the summer of 2009, some businesses located within the 125,000 square-foot Shoppes at Hamilton believed that the shopping center’s lack of easy access from southbound US Highway 130 created difficulties for retailers.  It led some to ask both Township and State officials to install a signalized left-turn, at taxpayers’ expense, which had been estimated at nearly $500,000 in installation costs, and would eventually need to be removed for a subsequent, permanent signal that would provide ease of access to the center from all directions.  Hamilton Township officials remained firm against spending local taxpayer dollars to fund a temporary traffic signal.


When Stoltz, a real-estate investment and services company that owns and manages commercial and residential properties across the United States, acquired the Shoppes at Hamilton, the company focused upon the goal of improving access to the center as a way to elevate the success of existing retailers and attracting additional merchants.    


Township officials urged New Jersey Department of Transportation officials to fast track necessary traffic engineering reviews and approvals for the temporary left-turn signal and were pleased that Hamilton taxpayers would not shoulder the financial burden. 


“It is great to see this project moving forward; and I am happy that it is likely to provide better access for shoppers in time for the holiday shopping season.  I want to congratulate Sloltz on the progress of this initiative and commend them for undertaking it, because I believe it will assist their shopping center’s retailers and shoppers.   What is even better is the fact that this project is coming to fruition thanks to Stoltz’s private sector investment, which validates our administration’s defense of property taxpayers’ dollars being spent on a temporary signal,” says Hamilton Township Mayor John Bencivengo.  “Our administration actively sought a resolution that would improve access without Hamilton taxpayers shouldering an unnecessary burden.  The result will be great for the Shoppes at Hamilton, the US Highway 130 corridor and our residents.”