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Tent City’s Construction Turmoil

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Getting rid of Lakewood New Jersey’s tent city has been a debate for years. However, now that the last tent has officially been removed and the space is empty, a new controversy is brewing over what construction will take place on the property.

There have been rumors that the tight-knit Orthodox Jewish community wanted to build a school on the land. However, Mayor Albert Akerman said that is complete propaganda and that the land is designated to be strictly wetlands.

“That area from back then was designated as basically a no build area. So it’s not true, it was part of the original propaganda that wanted to get peoples’ emotions rolling so that they would donate to tent city,” Akerman said.

Also close-by to the former tent city is a sign for the Cedar Bridge Project. The Cedar Bridge Project is hoping to build a corporate complex which would bring thousands of jobs to Lakewood.

“That’s the idea, to bring a lot of jobs to Lakewood. You are talking about thousands of jobs if we get fully developed as commercial,” Akerman explained.

The Cedar Bridge Project is still in the works, but many people are hopeful that it will kick off soon bringing new jobs to the area.

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