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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held At The Village At Taunton Forge

Township, New Jersey—

The official groundbreaking ceremony for the redevelopment of the Village at Taunton Forge was held on Monday, Nov. 21. The windy day kept the hot coffee urns busy and the speeches short.

Attending dignitaries included property owners, brothers, Jim, Steve and Dave DePetris; Medford Township Council Member, Bradley Denn; and Constituent Representative for Congressman Tom MacArthur, Kyle Melander.

Jim DePetris gave the huddled crowd a brief history of the property and its development. The DePetris patriarch, Joe DePetris purchased the 40 acre property in the late 1950s.

The shopping center serves both Medford Lakes Borough and Medford Township. The first phase of the Village at Taunton Forge was completed in 1978 and consisted of the Shop N Bag grocery store and a pharmacy. The second phase was completed in 1983 and included a mix of retailers and restaurants.

When the commercial strips and shopping centers along the Route 70 corridor sprung up, the Village at Taunton Forge began to fade out.

“Our center became inferior,” Jim DePetris said. “No one knew it was there.”


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