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Working in partnership with the City of Camden, CFP managed the $175,000 of grant funds from the NJ Department of Transportation (NJDOT) for the design of the phase two waterfront roads project to extend Cooper Street from Delaware Avenue to the River, and Riverside Drive from Cooper to Penn Streets. The public infrastructure will include over 1,400 linear feet of new roadways, brick sidewalks, streetscape improvements, and underground utilities. When completed, the work will complete the city street grid within which the private sector developer for the downtown waterfront will build their residential development program.

The design for the Waterfront Phase II Roads is complete and the project is currently going through regulatory permit applications with the local, county, and state agencies. With funds from NJDOT, construction is expected to begin in the summer of 2013.


While locating the Battleship in the City of Camden is a success for Camden, improvements are still needed to the adjacent City infrastructure to maximize access for vehicles and pedestrians to this important attraction. Clinton Street is the access road to the Battleship along the southern end of the downtown Camden Waterfront as well as to surface parking lots for the Susquehanna Bank Center.

Cooper’s Ferry Partnership (CFP), in partnership with the City of Camden, completed the design of Clinton Street in 2012. Completion of the design to Clinton Street included street repaving and the installation of new brick pavers, historic lighting, and street trees. The approximate length of Clinton Street, from the centerline of Third Street to Delaware Ave, is 830 linear feet. Construction on Clinton Street will kick off in the spring of 2013. The scope of work includes street resurfacing, new sidewalks, and trees on Clinton Street from 3rd Street to the Battleship NJ entrance gate (roughly Delaware Avenue).


CFP is leading the development of a 36,000-sq. ft. , four-story Class-A office building on the Camden Waterfront, adjacent to the fountain plaza. Located among the waterfront’s many cultural destinations and a growing center of commerce, the building will feature a restaurant on the first floor that will serve residents, tourists and workers alike. The restaurant will also feature seasonal outdoor dining on the adjoining fountain plaza. The balance of the building will be occupied by several office tenants, including CFP. Featuring overlooking balconies and riverfront views, the building will have unique character that will help redefine Downtown Camden.

This project is essential to the promotion of commercial development in Camden, as it adds critical mass to the Downtown/Waterfront office market and helps spur further development in the City. The project will additionally create several jobs for Camden residents.


Beginning in the fall of 2005, CFDA was approached by several of the property owners in the downtown waterfront about waterfront landscaping. After a series of stakeholder meetings with the various waterfront attractions and landowners, CFDA was tasked with preparing and coordinating a detailed plan to holistically improve the aesthetic quality and marketability of the downtown waterfront parcels. CFDA proposed leveraging the various resources already committed by the waterfront partners under one management plan to ensure the entire area looked like a well planned destination with a comprehensive and coordinated landscaping package for both new plantings and the corresponding maintenance of the plantings and green spaces.

Since that time, CFP has overseen this annual landscaping and maintenance program throughout the waterfront. CFP’s role has been to: solicit input and suggestions from the waterfront partners for new planting layouts; prepare contract documents, plans, and specifications for the landscape services as well as publicly advertise the work; select and contract for the supply of all professional, technical, and other services and all labor, materials, equipment, and supplies necessary to accomplish, perform, and carry out the conclusion of the landscape design, improvements, and maintenance; supervise the project work completed and ensure it meets regulatory standards; oversee the day-to-day management and oversight of the project in cooperation with the project participants and waterfront partners; and provide monthly progress reports to project participants and waterfront partners.

In 2012, CFP again successfully secured grant pledges and funds from Camden County Parks, Adventure Aquarium, Camden Parking Authority and New Jersey Economic Development Authority to continue the joint effort to design, implement and maintain a common landscaping plan for the Camden waterfront.

Over the past seven years, CFP has installed over a hundred new trees throughout the downtown waterfront as well as thirty varieties of new plant species including Black EyedSusans, Emerald Green Arborvitae, Gold Mop Cypress, Crape Myrtle Shrub, Sand Cherries, Stella Doro Daylilies,Greenspire Lindens, daylilies, grasses, and yarrows.


Prior to 1984, the Camden Waterfront consisted of primarily heavy industrial production facilities owned by Campbell Soup Company, RCA, and a major rail yard and ferry system operated by the Pennsylvania Reading Railroad Company. By 1984, the railway infrastructure had been cleared away, and the production facilities were at the end of their useful lives with employment at only a small fraction of what it once had been. As a result of the heavy industry and transportation uses, the waterfront was cut off from public access for over 100 years.

In 1984, the three principal owners of the waterfront land-the City of Camden, Campbell Soup Company, and RCA-jointly commissioned a planning study by the American Cities Corporation to evaluate the development potential of their collective holdings. As a result of this cooperative effort, Cooper’s Ferry Development Association (CFDA) was founded as a private, nonprofit corporation dedicated to creating and implementing a vision for Camden’s downtown waterfront. The study determined that the waterfront could support a carefully planned, mixed-use development of family entertainment, recreational and cultural attractions, as well as office buildings, a hotel conference center, a residential community, restaurants, nightclubs, and retail.

Acting within this vision, the goals of CFDA over the past 25 years have been:

• To establish a new center of economic activity to help rebuild Camden’s depleted tax base.

• To create a significant number of jobs for City residents.

• To improve Camden’s image as a place within which to live, work, visit, and invest.

From its creation in 1984 until 2001, Cooper’s Ferry Development Association concentrated all of its organizational efforts on planning and implementing a high-quality, high-density redevelopment on Camden’s downtown waterfront. This narrowly focused approach has resulted in the creation of a critical mass of both public and private development projects that have established the conditions under which private investment can now flourish.

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