Campbell's Soup Asks for Another 2-Month Extension
Campbell's Asks for Another 2-Month Extension
Campbell gets time to secure OKs for headquarters plan
Dec. 6, 2008
By SARAH GREENBLATT
The Camden Redevelopment Agency on Wednesday gave Campbell Soup Co. two additional months to obtain approvals for its planned new world headquarters.
Campbell now has until Feb. 22, 2008 to secure permits for its proposed $72 million expansion, which calls for a two-story, 80,000-square-foot building and an adjacent office park.
Wednesday's vote marked the fourth extension granted to the company, which signed an agreement with the state Economic Development Authority, Camden County and local officials that stipulated all approvals for the project would be obtained by mid-July.
See pictures of DPZ's award winning Office Campus, which Campbell's should emulate at DPZ.com. Click on State of Georgia icon on U.S. projects map. Click "Riverside"
Also, this is my updated reasoning, updated with legal research I did regarding the public realm. Layman that I am, I culled and cherry picked this additional material regarding the Public Realm from Legal Reviews etc. Input from any legal eagles out there would be appreciated.
If you have already read my essay "Martin Luther King vs. Corporate America.
Integration vs. Disintegration. Will Camden Sell Out to Campbell's Soup?" at www.CamdenNewJersey.org
this is my recent addition:( Any refinement from a real attorney would be appreciated.)
In addition, the common law offers ample precedent for imposing procedural requirements on private parties under certain circumstances. Historically, private parties performing “public functions” could not derogate from the public interest. The public function that Campbell’s Soup is implicitly performing by incorporating into it's private complex and assuming control of 70 public acres is the Redevelopment of the City of Camden under the states Redevelopment laws, and the compliance and advancement of laws relating to Smart Growth policy, under the neighborhoods designation as an urban center in need of redevelopment. The issue is whether the design of it’s office campus is appropriate to the requirements of the Smart Growth and Redevelopment laws or needs modification, and whether Campbell’s received any direct or ancillary funding set aside for these policies, and whether Campbells, as Master Redeveloper for the area is carrying out it’s legal duties to act in the public interest as an implied designated policy agent in this area. Public funds, under agreement between the State of New Jersey and Campbell’s have been set aside for this purpose. The state has so far insinuated itself into a position of interdependence with a private actor, (Campbell Soup) that it must be recognized as a joint participant in the challenged activity. Camden’s trend of viewing public policy through an economic lens rather than a public interest lens has proven increasingly deleterious over time. The profit motive ( PILOT payments, charity payments) is simply incompatible with the public interest and policy goals of Smart Growth and Redevelopment. A question and doctrinal test arises as to whether state and local funds were appropriated properly in the
public interest, and Campbell’s role as policy agent. - Michael McAteer
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