Galloway Township officials see the intersection of Route 30 and Pomona Road as the next location for more businesses.
The intersection has been a problem for motorists and owners over the past two years as the state Department of Transportation worked on its project to reconfigure the area. Once the work ended in the fall, officials said, several projects were ready to move forward.
The first was the Star Diner Cafe, which opened along the White Horse Pike a week ago, replacing the Galloway Diner.
Owner Bill Stamatacos, who also owns the Star Diner Cafe in North Wildwood, said many of his customers were from Galloway. He decided to open a second business in the township and opened his cafe after completing two months worth of renovations.
Stamatacos said the intersection is very busy, noting its placement in relation to Richard Stockton State College, Absegami High School, AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center and several medical buildings.
“The location is really good,” he said. “The area is growing all the time.”
Mayor Don Purdy said the section of the township was hurt when Assumption Church moved in 2008 and the businesses lost the traffic of thousands of people a week.
But Purdy said an agreement is soon to be in place for a retail business on the corner to replace the old fire house and Kennedy’s bar, which was badly damaged in a March 2011 fire.
The construction in the intersection had been a hindrance for potential development, but with work finally complete, Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola said, residents will soon see movement with new businesses.
“I’m excited,” he said. “People are investing in Galloway Township again.”
Diane Smith, owner of Diane and Co. Hair Salon at Pomona Shopping Plaza at the intersection, said traffic had been deterred due to construction but has been better now that it’s complete.
“This corner is always good,” she said. “We do very well here.”
The township has had two recent businesses get approval: a Super Wawa upgrade to the store at Jimmie Leeds and Pitney roads and a new Jersey Shore Federal Credit Union on Eighth Avenue.
With plans for a full interchange at Jimmie Leeds Road for the Garden State Parkway expected to be complete in early 2014, Purdy said, the area would be less confusing for people from out of town, and they will want to use it more to access the local area.
Purdy also said the township will add more major retail stores on the White Horse Pike as population continues to grow in area. The township is working with the state and Pinelands Commission to add sewer lines along the roadway.
The township has also streamlined the planning process. Developers can now come in and meet with the planning professionals to discuss their plans before they go before the Planning Board. Coppola said this makes it easier for the applicants and saves them time and money.
Coppola also said abatements are available for developers who want them for a project
“If someone comes to us it’s on the table,” he said.
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