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Edison Council Approves Redevelopment Plans for Camp Kilmer

By THE ALTERNATIVE PRESS STAFF OF EDISON

May 25, 2014 at 6:55 AM

EDISON, NJ – The Edison Town Council approved the redevelopment plan for the Camp Kilmer property. The Sgt. Joyce Kilmer Army Reserve Center was vacant due to downsizing effort by military commission since 2007. Edison approved plans to develop new housing, a new public school building, a recreation area and a building for the Department of Public Works.

In April, The Edison Council passed the resolution authorizing the execution of a redevelopment agreement with Kilmer Homes I, LP and Kilmer Homes II, LP for the redevelopment of a portion of Camp Kilmer with new residential housing. Under the proposed plan, 120 units will be built as a part of an affordable housing project with a portion of the housing set aside for veterans.

As a part of the Camp Kilmer redevelopment project, he Edison chool district will receive additional space to ease overcrowding at other schools in the area. The Edison Township’s Department of Public Works will receive 3.6 acres of land for a new facility.

Camp Kilmer was named after Joyce Kilmer, a Middlesex County native, who was considered the leading American Roman Catholic poet and lecturer of his generation prior to his deployment to Europe during World War I, He enlisted in the New York National Guard and was deployed to France with the 69th Infantry Regiment, the famous "Fighting 69th in 1917. He was killed by a sniper's bullet at the Second Battle of the Marne in 1918 at the age of 31.

Rutgers University purchased majority of the land from Army Reserve years ago that was located north of Route 27.