Campbell Soup Breaks Ground on Solar Power Project at Camden HQ

Project rendering. Photo courtesy of Campbell Soup Company.

Local chicken noodle titan Campbell Soup Company may be known for its classic red label, but by next fall, the company will be leaning green.

On Wednesday, workers at Campbell’s Camden, NJ World Headquarters broke ground on the company’s third solar installation project. The project, developed by BNB Renewable Energy Holdings, will furnish the headquarters with a total of 4.4 megawatts (MW) of SunPower paneling.

The solar array will span Campbell’s 38-acre campus, as well as a newly purchased 4.5-acre remediated brownfield nearby, incorporating otherwise unusable land into surface area that will help to harness a total of more than 5 million kilowatt hours of electricity per year. Read more »

The World’s Largest Indoor Farm Is Opening Next Year in … Camden?

The Garden State will soon be a little more lush thanks to AeroFarms LLC, a New Jersey-based agriculture company that Philly.com reports has plans to open what owners have called the world’s largest indoor farm in Camden by 2018.

Yes, you read that right. Camden will soon be home to a state-of-the-art, 78,000-square-foot warehouse responsible for churning out kale, arugula, and other leafy greens for the health-conscious consumer. Read more »

Common Threads in This Year’s Rouse Award Residential Finalists

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year's Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

Even Folsom Powerhouse, the most residential of this year’s Rouse Award finalists, incorporates mixed uses in the form of an updated take on the traditional corner store. | Photo: Postgreen Homes

The Urban Land Institute Philadelphia District Council announced the finalists for this year’s Willard G. “Bill” Rouse Awards for Excellence last week, and five of the 14 finalists fall into the residential category, at least in part.

And it’s that “at least in part” part that’s one of the most significant common threads connecting the five projects. The message these projects deliver is one that urbanists, developers and planners have all been hammering home in one way or another for more than a decade now: Single-use is out, multitasking is in. (Toll Brothers, please copy.)

Not even the most residential of the five projects is exclusively residential, and that project has many other features that make it a standout. Read more »

Usual Suspects Top 2017 U.S. News Best High Schools List

Julia Reynolds Masterman School

We’re No. 1! (Or No. 2, or No. 51, depending on which list you’re using.) | Photo: Public domain image by Smallbones from Wikimedia Commons

The single best high school in the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania remains the Julia Reynolds Masterman Laboratory School in Philadelphia.

But in this year’s edition of U.S. News & World Report’s “Best High Schools” list, the school fell a few places in the national rankings. The school, one of only two in the Greater Philadelphia region to make it into the ranks of the top 100 nationwide, placed 51st.

Which makes it the second-best high school in the Philadelphia metropolitan region. Top honors go to the Charter School of Wilmington in Delaware, which ranked 48th nationally. Read more »

At Least 42 Injured When Railing Collapses at Snoop Dogg & Wiz Khalifa Concert in Camden

Snoop Dogg’s High Road tour stops in Philly this weekend.

At least 42 people were reportedly injured when a railing collapsed at a Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa concert at the BB&T Pavilion in Camden on Friday night.

Video footage of the incident has of course spread like wildfire on social media. One clip, seemingly filmed from behind the stage, shows the railing suddenly give way as dozens of fans topple forward, landing on the ground below in a large heap of humanity. Read more »

Camden Waterfront Development Approved, With Tweaks

Waterfront View of the Camden Waterfront – copyright Volley for Robert A.M. Stern Architects

View of the Camden Waterfront from the Delaware River | © Volley for Robert A.M. Stern Architects

The New Jersey Economic Development Authority signed off on Liberty Property Trust’s ambitious $1 billion plan to redesign the Camden waterfront last week after Liberty made some revisions and upgrades.

According to Greg Adomaitis at NJ.com, the plan’s cost has been trimmed to $830 million. Instead of the 1,638 residences that were first proposed, there will now be only 211. There are also now roughly 4,000 parking spaces in the plan.

There has also been a series of changes to the design of the massive development, which will now extend from the Ben Franklin Bridge to Market Street and encompass 26 acres. In addition to the extension of Market, Cooper and Penn streets to the river’s edge, two new north-south streets will be created that will form the boundaries for a mid-rise commercial building. Cooper Street will also be widened to help develop walkways.

According to the new plan, there will also be a shuttle service serving the development, City Hall and the Walter Rand Transportation Center, and there will also be a ferry stop connecting the Wiggins Park ferry terminal with Philadelphia.

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