Major Construction Underway All Over Moorestown

A theater, a town hall, athletic fields, an office building and more—stuff's going up all across town.

These days it seems like half of Moorestown is under construction.

From the new Regal Cinemas theater at the mall, to the office building going in at the Little Acme, to the oft-debated municipal complex on Second Street, there's no shortage of major projects—public and private—underway all over town.

In case you can't keep them all straight, we've provided a rundown below on most of the major ones, including what they're for, how much they cost, when they started and, most importantly, when they'll finish.

Regal Premium Experience theater

What: A 12-screen state-of-the-art theater, with 3D, digital projection screens, and stadium seating with reclining seats (plus surround sound and kiosks for automated ticket purchasing).

Where: Moorestown Mall

When construction began: The old United Artists theater was demolished last year, but construction didn't begin until just this week.

When it's expected to open: Late summer/early fall

Project cost: Undisclosed

Town hall/library complex

What: A 45,000-square-foot municipal complex that will combine several township offices, the library (24,500 square feet) and council chambers. 

Where: West Second Street, between North Church Street and North Washington Avenue

When construction began: The old town hall was demolished in the fall of 2011. Construction on the new building started in late January/early February.

When it's expected to open: Spring 2014

Project cost: $11.1 million

Genesis HealthCare PowerBack Rehabilitation center

What: A 124-bed skilled nursing facility specializing in post acute rehabilitation (and including a number of energy-efficient amenities).

Where: Marter Avenue (near Centerton Road)

When construction began: December 2012

When it's expected to open: Fall 2013

Project cost: Unknown

InterArch office building

What: Formerly the "Little Acme," this space is being converted into offices for Mount Laurel-based InterArch, an architectural and interior design firm. InterArch will occupy a portion of the 15,000-square-foot building and sublease the remaining space. 

Where: 123 Chester Ave.

When construction began: End of 2012

When it's expected to open: Late spring 2013

Project cost: Unknown

Wesley Bishop North field project

What: An artificial turf field for use by various athletic clubs (lacrosse, field hockey, soccer), as well as improvements to the parking lot.

Where: 1248 N. Church St.

When construction began: November 2012

When it's expected to open: Spring 2013

Project cost: $1.4 million

Which of these projects are you most excited to see completed? Tell us in the comments below.

Bird's Eye View February 22, 2013 at 12:26 PM
Is the town hall library still set to be completed in spring 2014 , thought there was a delay? What are we doing with the current library building ? Any news where the court and police permanent home will be? Wasn't the mall supposed to announce the third and fourth restaurants a month ago? What's the delay? Any issues? I guess Applebee's isn't coming to that friendly's spot that some thought?
Mike Rogers February 22, 2013 at 12:27 PM
I'm certainly not excited about the Town Hall and Wesley Bishop artificial turf field. A total waste of taxpayer money for unnecessary projects. The old town hall could have been repaired and the field was perfectly fine. And now they want to raise our taxes 9%??
Rob Scott (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 01:36 PM
Bird's Eye, The Friendly's is in East Gate Square, separate from the mall. The township still hasn't approved their liquor license, though it's expected to happen soon. Once that occurs, you'll probably hear some news about their plans.
Cup of Joe February 22, 2013 at 01:55 PM
Thought the recent idea was that council may make a change order to the town hall so the town council chambers and court could use the same room as was done in our previous town hall. There are some issues , needing space for a holding cell, plaintiff and defendant desks, and other misc items, but something that could be considered. That could save a lot of money as an alternative plan.
John K February 22, 2013 at 02:03 PM
What about the huge construction project underway along Centerton Road, across from the Winner Farm/BurlCo Farm Market property? Isn't that supposed to become a very large over-55 housing develoent?
Third base coach February 22, 2013 at 02:30 PM
Rob, can you post some pictures of Pryor Park
Cup of Joe February 22, 2013 at 02:40 PM
Nice coach! Baseball will be here soon! Lets get pictures of the baseball field at Wesley bishop and flag football fields. Those fields have been nicely massaged the past few years.
Rob Scott (Editor) February 22, 2013 at 02:43 PM
Coach, I was actually out there yesterday, hoping to include it in this roundup. But from what I could see, there wasn't a whole lot of activity—not at the time anyway. If I get back out there and see some movement, I'll post an update.
Third base coach February 22, 2013 at 02:51 PM
The season is about to start will they be ready? What's Mr. Carew think?
Flag Coach February 22, 2013 at 03:31 PM
hey cup good point....why isn't there work being done on our field?
Our Town February 22, 2013 at 03:44 PM
Uh oh, the Laurel Creekers will not be happy. Watch out.
Cup of Joe February 22, 2013 at 04:09 PM
I meant to say the flag football ass. Has volunteered and contributed a great deal to make the flag footballs fields in good shape. But with all that money being spent some should have gone to wb south. Our field needs some talc right now, you got that boss.
utr February 22, 2013 at 04:53 PM
I was wondering how the flag fields got ignored so I searched the web. It looks like Mayor Jordan and Deputy Mayor Chiacchio never voted for improving Wesley Bishop South and the league president said not to do it. Perhaps Mayor Jordan can put it back on the agenda before the softball season starts and the girls get hurt. http://moorestown.patch.com/articles/council-hits-pause-on-wesley-bishop-south-project
Cup of Joe February 22, 2013 at 05:47 PM
It appears that Phil and Pete need to get Wesley south on the that field rotation maintenance plan ASAP . Flag football and perhaps softball can't be left out.
Kevin D February 22, 2013 at 06:31 PM
I hope they on council hit the pause button on spending. Glad they said no to a third lacrosse field, but that's just step one. Cut, cut, cut and bring our budget under control without slapping a 9% tax increase on our backs! Look at the amount if spending n this article and its no wonder were in fiscal trouble!
Fake name poster February 22, 2013 at 07:07 PM
Here's your chance Tin Foil, show up and complain in person Special Board Budget Meetings The following Special Board Budget meetings have been scheduled: Tuesday, March 5, 2013 - 7:30 pm - Approval of Budget for Initial Submission to the County Office Tuesday, March 12, 2013 - 7:30 pm - Budget Public Forum Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - 7:45 pm - Public Hearing on the Budget These meetings will take place at the William Allen Middle School Media Center. While you are at it, you should learn how to read. We have classes for that. Seems like the BOE budget is less this year than last. http://budget-information.mtps.schoolfusion.us/modules/groups/homepagefiles/gwp/2293942/2402841/File/User%20Friendly%20Budget%2012-13-revised.pdf?sessionid=cff21fed41fb4ce933534b200901d97d
Chime time February 24, 2013 at 05:00 AM
Yes Fakes, the main concern every year should be what about the school budget? With the 20 year history of major spending and raising our taxes almost every year including this year possibly trying to do a run around of the 2% cap, what will it be? Could you tell us what three are up for election this year? As for council, I'm sure it will be worked out, budget meetings are is full swing, if TC were to cut things then I'm guessing fields addOns and other extras will still or will be placed on hold. We've been sitting in a recession for awhile, let's work together and make good economic decisions going forward.
856 February 25, 2013 at 04:24 PM
Yay for progress! :) :) :) :) :)


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