Weekly Roundup: Royal Farms, abandoned houses top this week’s stories

Catch up on the biggest stories in Moorestown this week.

Carol Summers paints a depiction of the Lutheran Crossings’ castle as Bob Minnick looks on. Lutheran Crossings at Moorestown and Moorestown Creates partnered for Capture the Castle on Thursday, Sept. 27. The event had artists depict Lutheran Crossings’ historic Breidenhart Castle in the medium of their choosing

The township is tackling abandoned houses, and Royal Farms has given a verbal confirmation of their plans to withdraw their zoning application. Catch up on everything from the past week in the Weekly Roundup.

Royal Farms to withdraw application

Royal Farms has put a halt to its plans to construct a convenience store and gas pumps at 3 Route 38, according to Director of Community Development Anthony J. Zappasodi. He said on Friday, Sept. 21, he received a verbal confirmation from the company’s attorney of plans to withdraw the application and is expecting a written confirmation to follow. The convenience chain was set to appear before the zoning board in a special meeting scheduled for Oct. 30. Royal Farms was seeking variances to place gas pumps in a zone where gas is not currently permitted.

Moorestown takes first step toward addressing abandoned houses

At the most recent meeting of Moorestown Township Council, Township Manager Thomas Neff introduced the town’s plan to formally publish a list of abandoned properties. The list is the first step in a process that will give Moorestown the authority to ensure proper upkeep and maintenance of abandoned homes. Neff said the list has been established largely on a voluntary basis and approximately 50 homes have been identified.

Tractor Trailer Challenge returns to benefit those in need

For the second year, Moorestown is being issued a challenge: to fill a 53-foot tractor-trailer with essential supplies. The Tractor-Trailer Challenge will take place at Wesley Bishop Fields on Oct. 20 and Oct. 21 with all donations going directly to victims of Hurricane Florence. The DiPasquale family and a team of volunteers will collect supplies from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. DiPasquale said having organized this challenge twice before, she’s learned there is a desperate need for buckets, bleach, gloves, masks and a variety of other cleaning supplies to help remove debris and mold from homes affected by flooding. She said dried food, canned goods, diapers and can openers are essential as well.