Redevelopment of highway corridor eyed in Wall

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The Wall Township planning board has completed a redevelopment study for a section off Route 35. FILE PHOTO

WALL TOWNSHIP — The planning board has completed a study that deems an 82-acre section on the southwest corner of Route 35 and 18th Avenue as an area in need of redevelopment, in anticipation of revitalizing the highway corridor there.

The study area comprises 20 lots along the northern end of Old Mill Road, west of Route 35, and includes such properties as the Kmart Plaza, an older ShopRite store and the Clayton Block Company.

The 67-page Old Mill Road Redevelopment study was requested by the township committee last summer and submitted July 25 by the Taylor Design Group.

On Monday, Aug. 5, the planning board approved a resolution stating the area qualifies for designation under state law as an area in need of redevelopment without condemnation. The matter now goes back to the township committee for consideration.

The purpose of such a designation, according to the study, would be to “arrest the deterioration of an area and encourage improvement and reinvestment.”

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