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Inquirer: Ex-owner now says tear down Sears site

Inquirer: Ex-owner now says tear down Sears site

Matthew Spolar reports that former owner Mark Willis told the Camden Planning Board it was time to tear down the 82-year-old landmark on Adm. Wilson Boulevard he used to rent for use as city and county offices.
He said that he couldn't stand to see the vacant structure in its dilapidated state, and that with its current ownership he didn't think it would look any better in a year.
The board was considering a vote on whether to recommend to City Council that the building be acquired by the Camden Redevelopment Agency through eminent domain and sold to Campbell.

Willis owned the building from 1996 to 2004. He worked to have put on the National Register of Historic Places in 2000.

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Andrew Goodman, Community Engagement Director, New Kensington Community Development Corporation

Goodman is currently the Community Engagement Director at the New Kensington Community Development Corporation.

Previously, Goodman worked as a city planner and project manager for PennPraxis. His focus was on projects that combined community engagement and public space design, including the Central Delaware Waterfront Planning Process, the Green2015 initiative for Philadelphia Parks and Recreation, and the Bartram’s Mile project in Southwest Philadelphia.  Goodman was an early contributor to PlanPhilly and helped shape the site in its first iteration.  As PlanPhilly grew, Goodman represented the publisher and provided professional planning input and project management support as the site expanded its beat coverage, went through multiple redesigns, conducted an internal strategic plan, and researched revenue generation opportunities.



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