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CNU XV: Camden board OKs razing of Sears Building, Lays $72 million on the table to develop area; state adds $22 million

In a marathon planning board meeting that ended after 1:30 a.m., New Urbanist Planning Board Member Kristine Seitz was thrown under the bus by fellow New Urbanists, who, as Yogi Berra would say, "failed to show up in droves." In the most important planning board meeting in over 100 years in Camden, NJ, planning board member Kristine Seitz met with incomprehensible stares and silence as she made case to Campbells architects and legal team to redesign massive single use office campus into mixed used and integrate it into city form and fabric. Campbells project, a sea of parking spaces between glass and steel boxes is to be "Gateway to City." ( Site is 15 minutes by subway from Loews, CNU XV. $94 million awaits New Urbanist developer who can influence Campbells before plan is put before Camden City Council for final approval.)

View of CNU XV Site From Camden Waterfront

The PSFS building is Loews Hotel. Bring your binoculars to the 33rd floor!

CNU XV:

CNU Members: After an hour of visiting Camden's NU opportunities, refresh at the new Victors Pub in the luxury Victor Lofts on the waterfront.

CNU XV: Become A New Urbanist Star in Camden, New Jersey

Become A New Urbanist Star in Camden, New Jersey

Camden: Campbells Soup World Headquarters Campus in Camden, New Jersey

This picture is representative of entire Campbells World HQ complex in Camden,New Jersey.

For more on Camden, go to: www.CamdenNewJersey.org

Picture: Sears Building, Camden, New Jersey

Picture of the Sears Building in Camden, New Jersey, site of contentious real estate devlopment issue.

From his grave, ten minutes by subway from CNU XV, Walt Whitman challenges New Urbanists

From his Grave in Camden, New Jersey, Walt Whitman's Challenge to XV New Urbanists.
Talk a 1/2 mile picture walk from the Hi Speed Rail Rand Transportation Center, to the waterfront. In this aprox. 15 minute walk, passing Walt Whitman's House, a National Landmark, you will see New Urbanism's greatest challenges and opportunities.

From Camden, U.S.A."s Poorest City: a blow Friday night to the Campbell Soup Co.'s plan, a $72 million expanded world HQ

The city historic preservation commission dealt a blow Friday night to the Campbell Soup Co.'s plans to build a $72 million expanded world headquarters and office park here.

Saturday, May 5, 2007
By ALAN GUENTHER

CAMDEN NJ The stakes will be high tonight as preservationists fight to save the Sears building at 1300 Admiral Wilson Blvd.

Friday, May 4, 2007

By ALAN GUENTHER
Courier-Post Staff

CAMDEN
The stakes will be high tonight as preservationists fight to save the old Sears building at 1300 Admiral Wilson Blvd.At risk is Campbell's plan to build a $72 million world headquarters, along with 1,700 local jobs and more than $1.3 million the company pays in lieu of taxes to the city each year.