Change eyed for Circle Factory Outlet site and traffic circle

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WALL TOWNSHIP — The Wall Township Committee approved two resolutions last week in an effort to determine whether the former site of Circle Factory Outlets and properties located along Routes 33 and 34 can be designated as areas in need of redevelopment.

According to Township Administrator Jeffry Bertrand, no set plans have been put in place for either property.

“There are no specific plans. There are no developers knocking on anyone’s door. This is just a proactive measure to see if it does qualify and if it does, what would a potential plan look like and what kind of feedback would we get,” Mr. Bertrand said at the Wednesday, Aug. 23 meeting of the township committee.

He said the Circle Outlet site, formerly called Peddler’s Village, “meets all criteria of an area in need of redevelopment, or a blighted area, due to the condition of the property, lack of tenancy and so on and so forth,” Mr. Bertrand said. The site is located at 1413 Atlantic Avenue.

Mr. Bertrand said the township has also discussed the potential elimination of the Manasquan traffic circle with the state.

“We’re looking to see what can be done to improve that area from the standpoint of traffic flow, getting that property back up and becoming a viable, good-producing and enjoyable piece of property for the residents and obviously generate some revenue back into the township.”

Planning Board Chairman Carl Braun said the areas getting attention include the Route 33 and 34 Corridor, encompassing properties surrounding the Collingswood Circle and Asbury and Wyckoff roads.

“[Route] 33 and 34, we’ve been working on some nice upgrades there, but there’s more that needs to be done up there,” Mr. Braun said.

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