Street Dedication & Ribbon Cutting Held For Opening Of First Building
to House New IBC National Headquarters at Historic Borough of Lawnside Park
Oak Avenue Redevelopment Project Continues To Move Forward
Lawnside, NJ — Connecting Lawnside’s historic past with the unlimited potential for Lawnside’s future, Congressman Donald Norcross, Lawnside Mayor Maryann Wardlow, members of council, the Gaines family and Vineland Construction Co. celebrated the street dedication of Walter A. Gaines Way and the opening of the first building in the Historic Borough of Lawnside Station Business Park, welcoming IBC to their new national headquarters.
The new public road leads to an exciting mixed-use, master planned redevelopment project on 135 acres in the historic Borough of Lawnside, New Jersey, located just steps from the Woodcrest PATCO Rapid Transit Rail Station, next to two exits off Route 295 and close to exit 3 on the New Jersey Turnpike connecting commuters in surrounding South Jersey communities.
“Lawnside is the ideal home for this transformative project that will bring investment and new businesses to this community and serve as a job generator in the Borough of Lawnside,” said John S. Krauser, President of Vineland Construction Co.
The redevelopment’s first phase includes the construction of a regional operations center for New Jersey American Water, a first class rental apartment complex, a retail center leased to local restaurants and businesses and a flex industrial park known as the Historic Borough of Lawnside Station Business Park. In the business park, the initial build-out consists of two flex industrial buildings, 61,000 square feet and 200,000 square feet, respectively, which will be ground up, new construction. One of those buildings will be the national headquarters for IBC, a subsidiary of Rheem Manufacturing Company, and the other will be the regional facility for RevZilla, an online motorcycle-gear retailer. The redevelopment will be owned and managed by Vineland Construction Co., with additional buildings to be constructed in the future. As part of the overall project, a pedestrian/bike path, public pocket parks and a public “open space” greenway is being constructed by Vineland Construction Co. to run along a branch of the Cooper River and the new Walter A. Gaines Way and will allow residents and employees to walk or bike to the PATCO train station. When completed, there will be nearly a mile of new trails, bike lanes and sidewalks in the area.
With a long, distinguished career as a civic leader in the Borough of Lawnside, Walter A Gaines was an educator, mentor, coach and Mayor whose impact on the lives he touched will live on for generations.
“Mr. Gaines, as a Mayor, offered me such opportunities as a female,” said Mayor Maryann Wardlow while his wife, Carolyn Gaines said, “I’m proud that you chose to name the street after him and I hope he’s up there smiling down.”
This project fulfills a vision of the late Bernard Brown, owner of Vineland Construction Co. to bring jobs and economic growth to Lawnside and the greater South Jersey region and will be carried forward by his daughter Anne E. Koons, who is excited to see this vision become a reality.
Vineland Construction Co. believes that every business deserves the right home, which is why they deliver the right space to businesses seeking the best location. A New Jersey-based company founded in 1939, owned and operated by the Brown family, features an in-house team of experienced real estate professionals who acquire, develop, construct and manage properties across the United States. Its portfolio of office buildings, warehouse and distribution centers, industrial and specialized facilities, commercial retail centers and stores is well-positioned and growing. Vineland Construction’s continued success and longevity over 82 years are built upon three essential values–integrity, respect and responsibility.