Building’s loss part of a hoped-for rebirth in South Jersey town

A landmark Victorian building that stood near the waterfront in a once-bustling South Jersey town for more than 140 years is gone.

The Leap Building at the corner of West Main Street and Penn Street in Penns Grove came down last week, as part of what officials say is the beginning of an ambitious plan to redevelop the struggling borough and spark a rebirth in the town.

The mayor said the building — like many other in the Salem County town — had come to the point where it could not be saved

The building eventually left the Leap family and was owned by others until it was purchased at a tax sale, Penns Grove Borough Solicitor Adam Telsey said.

While losing the building is sad, Telsey said it marks what promises to be the start of a new chapter in borough history through a major plan for redevelopment.


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