Middle Township designating large areas in need of rehab, planning teardowns of decrepit buildings

Abandoned houses, storefronts and a boarded-up motel litter Route 9 and the back areas of the township.

That could soon change, as township officials plan to tear down abandoned buildings, fix up old buildings and promote economic development throughout the area.

In September, the township held a special meeting where several officials gave presentations about economic development, accompanied by a review of the “Area in Need of Rehabilitation Strategy and Plan,” which was prepared for the township by Triad Associates, a community development firm in Vineland.

The Triad plan targeted five key areas that need rehabilitation: Cape May Court House, Rio Grande, Stone Harbor Boulevard, the former Lamonica Oyster Processing site, and the Cape Harbor site. The report laid out a detailed vision of what these five sites could look like after rehabilitation.

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