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City creating park at former Maxway site

Property still being marketed for development

Posted: January 31, 2015 1:53 p.m.
Updated: February 2, 2015 1:00 a.m.
Martin L. Cahn/C-I

Decorative lighting rises from the former Maxway department store site on Friday as work begins to transform the property into a small park. City officials say enough work will be performed to make the site pleasing to look at, but it is still marketing it to developers.

The city of Camden is, at least temporarily, creating a park out of the former Maxway department store site on the northwest corner of Broad and Rutledge streets. City Manager Mel Pearson said work started recently with the addition of decorative lights.

“We are going to build a park that will improve the aesthetic of that corner,” Pearson said Friday. “It is still on the market for development, but until we have the right prospect that fits that part of the community, we are going to have a park in that place.”

The work being done is minimal, Pearson said, precisely because the property is still on the market.

“It’s going to be something nice that we want to give to the community and it’ll be good for downtown. But, we’re not going to invest a lot of money because it’s still being marketed to the right investor, who may convert it to something even better,” he said.

Pearson said some walkways, mulch, sod, landscape shrubbery and, perhaps, benches will be installed. However, he said, there are no current plans to build a gazebo, fountain or other major fixture.

“We look forward to getting that area cleaned up,” Pearson said.


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