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Consistent with the approved master plan for the downtown waterfront, CFDA continues to work with Camden Town Center (the development partnership between Vibrant Development and Steiner Associates) on the recruitment and marketing for a hotel project. To facilitate these efforts, CFDA has already installed the necessary public roadway and utility improvements to support a future hotel project. Furthermore, CFDA has participated in stakeholder interviews to quantify the hotel demand among the anchor institutions in the city, along with engaging a few professional service firms to study the proposed traffic impact and environmental remediation necessary to accommodate a future project.


The original Wiggins Park, built by the City of Camden in 1981, consisted of a 400 yard waterfront promenade, an elevated plaza, and a grass amphitheater that is used for free outdoor concerts.  Since its original development, CFDA has overseen the expansion of Wiggins Park in four additional phases, as follows:
•    Phase II: From the north end of the Aquarium to Market Street in 1990, at a cost of $3 million.
•    Phase III: From the south end of the marina to Clinton Street, completed in 1995 at a cost of $2.5 million.
•    Phase IV: From the Ben Franklin Bridge south to the RCA pier, completed in 2003, at a cost of $5 million.
•    Phase V: Around the perimeter of the RCA pier, completed in 2004, at a cost of $1 million.

CFDA has worked with the NJDEP Green Acres Program for twenty years in order to build the waterfront promenade along Wiggins Park. Built in different phases but in accordance with one consistent design standard, this beautiful linear park now extends for 1.3 miles from the Ben Franklin Bridge to the Battleship New Jersey. The approximate cost of this linear park through all of its phases is approximately $25 million, and involved securing funds via complex inter-agency agreements from the federal Urban Parks program, Delaware River Port Authority, Camden County, and the State of New Jersey’s Green Acres program. CFDA either directly managed the design and construction process for the various phases or arranged for others to perform the work in accordance with predetermined standards.

The State Green Acres Program regards Wiggins Park as one of its most successful endeavors in urban parks and regards CFDA as one of its most accomplished long-term development partners.


In the summer of 2006, Camden Town Center (the development partnership between Vibrant Development and Steiner Associates) and Dranoff Properties announced a partnership to develop a $750 vibrant mixed-use town center development called Cooper’s Crossing. The overall master plan calls for the phased development program of 1,200 new units of market rate housing; 500,000 square feet of Class A commercial office; 100,000 square feet of retail, dining, and entertainment; and a hotel conference center.

Under the first phase of development (2006-2009), Camden Town Center planned the construction of a new Class A commercial office building (Ferry Terminal) and an adjacent public fountain park.

The second phase calls for the development of a limited service hotel project along Aquarium Drive and Riverside Drive. In preparation for an eventual hotel project, CFDA has undertaken a series of pre-development activities including a few market feasibilities, stakeholder interviews, researching available financing, and environmental investigations.

After the residential conversion of the second RCA industrial building (Radio Lofts), Dranoff Properties will be looking to develop the first phase of market rate residential housing within Cooper's Crossing.  Dranoff's first phase of waterfront housing has been identified as East Village. East Village will tentatively consist of three to four story townhouses and a mid-rise loft building encompassing approximately 120 residences on the waterfront and bound by Cooper Street, Delaware Avenue, Penn Street, and the extension of Riverside Drive

Looking ahead at the full build-out of Cooper's Crossing, CFDA will continue to assist the private and public sector with the overall infrastructure planning and implementation as well as technical assistance with environmental investigations/remediation, financing, and project approvals.


Designed by world-famous architect Michael Graves, this 175,000 square foot, 11-story office tower opened in 1996. It serves as headquarters for the Delaware River Port Authority (DRPA) and also houses State of New Jersey offices, CFP, and Vitarelli's Restaurant. It is also home to several private professional service firms such Scungio & Borst Associates and Traffic Planning & Design. CFDA performed site planning and permitting for One Port Center, which was built by the DRPA. The waterfront master plan calls for the development of a twin tower called Two Port Center. The total cost of One Port Center was $30 million.


Located adjacent to the Adventure Aquarium, the innovative Camden Children’s Garden is a 4-acre horticultural playground that enhances the overall waterfront experience. Operated by the Camden City Garden Club, the expanding facility features themed and interactive exhibits taken from children storybooks. Working with the Garden Club, CFDA secured, managed, and oversaw the $9 million project with the generous financial support of the Delaware River Port Authority, Campbell’s Soup Foundation, PSE&G, William Penn Foundation, Pew Charitable Trusts, NJ Department of Transportation, and the Casino Reinvestment Development Authority. The project was completed in July, 1999.

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