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Plan calls for three apartment buildings and hotel at Moorestown Mall

MOORESTOWN – Three apartment buildings and a hotel could be developed at Moorestown Mall under a proposed agreement between the township and the shopping center’s owner.

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The four-story apartment buildings would hold up to 1,065 homes, with 213 units to be affordable housing, according to a court filing.

The buildings would rise, along with a 112,000-square-foot hotel, in a three-phase development at the 84-acre mall property, the filing says.

The first phase calls for a 375-unit apartment building in a parking lot between Boscov’s and Nixon Drive, according to a concept plan that accompanies the proposed order. The 412,500-square-foot building would hold 75 affordable homes and a parking structure.

diagram: A concept plan for Moorestown Mall's redevelopment shows an apartment building, left, between Boscov's and Nixon Drive. A hotel would rise off Lenola Road.

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A concept plan for Moorestown Mall’s redevelopment shows an apartment building, left, between Boscov’s and Nixon Drive. A hotel would rise off Lenola Road.

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The initial phase also envisions the hotel in a parking lot off Lenola Road, near the rear of the shopping center.

Those projects would require no demolition of the mall, according to the concept plan.

But the second phase would put a 345-unit apartment building on an area that includes the former Lord + Taylor department store and an adjacent parking lot.

The third phase calls for development of a similar building at a site that includes the former Sears store and a parking lot off Route 38.

The plans are outlined in a proposed consent order filed Friday before Superior Court Judge Paula Dow in Mount Holly.

The proposal was reached after mediation between the township, mall owner PREIT and Fair Share Housing Center, a Cherry Hill-based nonprofit that advocates for low-income residents.

Dow ordered the talks earlier this year after PREIT objected to a township plan to provide affordable housing there.

a tree in front of a building: The former Lord + Taylor store at Moorestown Mall would make way for an apartment building under a proposed agreement to bring affordable housing to the shopping center.

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The former Lord + Taylor store at Moorestown Mall would make way for an apartment building under a proposed agreement to bring affordable housing to the shopping center.

A proposed zoning overlay that received initial approval from township council in January would have required the mall’s demolition, according to PREIT.

The proposed agreement would “address a significant portion of the township’s ‘unmet need’ for affordable housing,” according to the filing.

It says the apartment buildings in the second and third phases would hold a total of 137 affordable units. Those buildings “may or may not” have parking structures.

“Phase One can stand on its own without the need for future development of Phase Two and Three,” it notes.

It adds the later phases are “more conceptual at this point” and “shall proceed at developer’s sole discretion.”

The proposed “affordable housing settlement agreement” also says the parties have recognized “at least initially, the existing portion of the mall identified for Phase Three … may be

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SCDA Architects’ Chan Soo Khian, Prestige Titan Award 2020 winner, on his hotel endeavours and sustainable buildings

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Architect Chan Soo Khian, the Prestige Titan Award 2020 winner, adds another feather to his cap with his latest philanthropic project to revolutionise green accommodation. Mavis Teo gets under the skin of the entrepreneur. The 25th anniversary of SCDA Architects is more than just a significant milestone; it comes as the culmination of its past two decades of achievements, innovation and global expansion. If the measure of success is in how it is widely recognised and admired by many even outside of the world of architecture and property development both locally and globally, then indeed, this home-grown firm has hit the home run. The man behind it is none other than the founder and principal architect Chan Soo Khian, who is better known as Soo Chan. He won the inaugural President’s Design Award’s Designer of the Year honour in 2006. Under his leadership, SCDA (Soo Chan Design Associates) snagged the Design of the Year accolade for the National Design Centre in 2016. The firm is also known for spearheading some of our nation’s most beautiful ultra-luxury developments, such as The Marq and Leedon Residence. More recently, Soo Khian was thrust into the limelight again when SCDA was awarded the revamp of Singapore Art Museum. Needless to say, international accolades have been aplenty – some of these bestowed by the American Institute of Architects and the Royal Institute of British Architects.

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Today, SCDA’s projects in Singapore only account for 10 per cent of its portfolio. Ninety per cent of it is in another 79 countries across six continents. In New York, Soo Khian is hailed as Singapore’s hottest export. Out of SCDA’s three projects in the metropolis, press the likes of The New York Times and The Wall Street Journal headlined the launch of uber-luxe Soori High Line through in-depth interviews with Soo Khian. Through Soori High Line’s design, SCDA stretched the imagination of homebuyers in the Big Apple by conjuring the image of a lavish mansion in an urban apartment block – with a stunning design that incorporates a terrace, high ceilings, natural light and a private pool (at 16 of the 31 units). Another reason for the media buzz is that SCDA is also the developer for Soori High Line. This earned Soo Khian the label of a developer in New York, although he is quick to dismiss that. “First and foremost, I am an architect and designer,” states the trim and dapper 58-year-old at SCDA’s four-storey office in a Chinatown conservation shophouse. We beg to differ. Chan Soo Khian is clearly a lot more than these labels. SCDA has, under Soo Khian’s direction, grown to become known as one of the few multidisciplinary firms in Singapore to provide clients a holistic experience for architecture, interiors, landscaping, and furniture and product design. In addition to serving as a professor at the National University of Singapore Department of Architecture where he sits on the curriculum advisory board, the Penang-born Soo Khian also runs a

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One of Shorewood’s tallest buildings could be converted into the village’s first hotel

a view of a city street: An older office building at East Capitol Drive and North Oakland Avenue could be converted into Shorewood's first hotel.

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An older office building at East Capitol Drive and North Oakland Avenue could be converted into Shorewood’s first hotel.

An older seven-story office building in Shorewood could be converted into that community’s first hotel.

Also, affordable apartments targeted for adults with developmental disabilities could be coming to the village.

That’s according to comments made at a Friday board meeting of the Shorewood Community Development Authority by Village Manager Rebecca Ewald.


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She spoke about potential projects during a discussion about the village adopting a new, more transparent process for reviewing applications from developers for public financing help.

The potential hotel would involve renovating the office building — among the tallest structures in Shorewood.

The building, at 3970 N. Oakland Ave., for several years included a North Shore Bank branch until a new location opened in 2018 at 4060 N. Oakland Ave.

The seven-story, 40,800-square-foot building was constructed in 1974. The property includes a 139-space parking lot, according to LoopNet.com.

The hotel development could include expanding the building onto that parking lot, Ewald said.

Ewald, reached after the meeting, declined to provide any additional information about the possible hotel project.

Apartment development proposed

Also, an apartment development that would provide a mix of affordable and market-rate units is being considered for a site that includes SunSeekers, a tanning salon at 2420 E. Capitol Drive.

That building would be demolished, with its lot used for the new apartment development.

It would include affordable apartments set aside for adults with developmental disabilities who are able to live independently, Ewald said.

The building’s market-rate units could include apartments for the parents of people living in the affordable units, she said.

Watertown-based Bethesda Lutheran Communities, which provides services for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, would be involved in the project, Ewald said.

Bethesda would co-develop the building, tentatively planned for 52 apartments, with Catalyst Construction, said Tom Campbell, Bethesda vice president of real estate.

Up to 25% of those apartments would be set aside for people with disabilities, he said.

“It’s an inclusive housing model,” Campbell said. “They need quality housing, and they need it at a low cost.”

That can be achieved in part by obtaining foundation grants and public financing, he said.

That could include cash provided through a tax incremental financing district. A TIF district uses money generated by a new development’s property tax revenue.

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