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Barrington’s Planning Board will undertake a preliminary investigation into whether the former Road House Steakhouse and Saloon “qualifies as an area in need of redevelopment within the borough of Barrington,” according to a resolution passed this month by the borough council.
The Road House, site of a shooting in January, has been closed for several months. Its liquor license was purchased in April (“Liquor license for Barrington’s now-closed Road House to change hands“) by Delco Development LLC, which hopes to use it as part of a redevelopment effort along the White Horse Pike (“Liquor-license purchaser: ‘Looking forward to doing something great in Barrington’ “)
As part of the Planning Board’s determination, there will need to be a public hearing regarding the parcel to allow for objections.
If the determination is made that the land fits the description in state statute (“A redevelopment area may include lands, buildings, or improvements which of themselves are not detrimental to the public health, safety or welfare, but the inclusion of which is found necessary, with or without change in their condition, for the effective redevelopment of the area of which they are a part.”), it will be considered a “blighted area” for the purposes of the state Constitution.
At that time, the borough will be able to condemn the property and undertake redevelopment efforts.