Mayor Yaede and Non-Profit Partnership Could Revitalize Whitehorse-Mercerville
Road Commercial Site
Two neighboring vacant commercial
properties on Whitehorse-Mercerville Road have long been an eye sore, but times
are a changing in a positive way in Hamilton.
While construction of the “former
Cost Cutters” site is well on its way – which will yield a new Snap Box site that
should double commercial ratables for that property – there may soon be
activity right next door where a ShopRite grocery store left the center long
Project Freedom, a non-profit that
offers housing opportunities to citizens with accessibility and special needs,
has a strong interest in revitalizing the “upper mall” location where a former
ShopRite and other retail sites once were occupied.
“It is very exciting news to learn that there
is serious interest in the potential revitalization of this long-vacant site,”
says Mayor Kelly Yaede, who notes that Project Freedom would be required to
undergo the land use process for approvals similar to any other applicant. “We were optimistic that the revitalization
of the neighboring location would help to spark activity at this property,
which could erase this longstanding eyesore.”
Project Freedom representatives
have been in touch with the ownership of the location and have also met with
Hamilton Township officials to preliminary discuss their interest in the site.
The non-profit would look to expand
its residential offerings that enable individuals with disabilities to live
independently. Its representatives cite a
growing demand for these residences that led it to seriously look at the site,
which would be just down the road from a second residential location that the
non-profit recently received approvals to build.
“Project Freedom Inc is always
looking at new opportunities to provide decent, affordable housing to our
consumers. Hamilton has been a great partner in years past, and Hamilton
is a great town within which to live. Although this project is in the
very early stages, we believe that it would make an outstanding location for
our housing, as well as enhance the existing neighborhood," says Tim
Doherty, Executive Director and CEO of Project Freedom.