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South Amboy Looks to Revitalize Vacated Delilah’s Den Property

By: Joseph L. Kuchie

City Engineer Mark Rasimowicz

City Engineer
Mark Rasimowicz

SOUTH AMBOY – The city of South Amboy received a request from the Redevelopment Agency to begin a study of the current redevelopment plan for the vacated Delilah’s Den property.

The all-nude nightclub located on Route 35 closed in 2010 after a 10-year legal battle between the city and the club’s owner. Despite now being closed for five years, the building remains vacant on the property and the Delilah’s Den sign continues to overlook the highway.

The current redevelopment plan only includes bringing new businesses to the property, and past attempts to make changes have fallen through.

Mayor Henry hoped that revisiting the plan to add residential units could lead to the property finally getting developed.

“Anything would be better then what’s there at this point,” Henry said. “The whole idea is to change [the plan] so someone could come in and develop.”

It was noted that this was only a request to begin a study and it was very early in an attempt to bring change to the property. Any recommendations that come from the potential study would have to come back to the council before further action is taken.

Three resolutions awarding bids for construction were also on the business agenda. City Engineer Mark Rasimowicz informed the council that bids for roof repairs at the Department of Public Works and numerous road improvements throughout South Amboy would be going out by September 10th and he hopes to have them awarded at the next city council meeting.

Councilman Donald Applegate was not in attendance for the business meeting. South Amboy will have its monthly city council meeting on September 16th at 7:00 p.m.

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