The ongoing development boom in the greater Philadelphia region is not limited to new buildings sprouting around the city, nor is it even constrained to the surrounding towns and suburbs within the metropolitan area. In a way, it extends well into the Atlantic Ocean, where massive wind farms are on the drawing boards off the coast of southern New Jersey. A major milestone for local renewable energy has just been reached, as construction is now underway at the Phase 1 of the EEW-AOS monopile manufacturing facility at the Port of Paulsboro Marine Terminal in Gloucester County, NJ, located on the Delaware River across from the Philadelphia International Airport. The facility, the largest of its kind in the United States, will be used to assemble monopiles, which are gargantuan cylindrical supports for wind turbines.
In the 1920s, Philadelphia was on the rise, with industry and was with business activity bustling across the city. The port was generally busy, the skyline was growing, and as automobiles surged in numbers, the city was in need of bridges spanning the Delaware River and connecting to New Jersey on the other side. The proposed Philadelphia-Red Bank Bridge was brought to public attention by Mayor J. Hampton Moore, who suggested that the city is in dire need of a new bridge at its south end. The bridge would have been situated very close to the present location of the Walt Whitman Bridge, though slightly further west and running from the north to the south rather than from the west to the east.
The Ocean City, NJ municipal government has approved The Soleil, a six-story, 111-unit condo-hotel resort development at 1101 Ocean Avenue that will be the city’s largest project in the works for many years. The city is situated in the far reaches of the Philadelphia metropolitan area on the Jersey shore, and is a popular tourist destination. A swimming pool, as well as a cafe/deli will also be incorporated with the building. A structured parking garage will be available for The Soleil, as well as the neighboring Flanders Hotel, one of the city’s tallest buildings.
Ocean City, New Jersey sits 50 miles southwest of Philadelphia, but the beachfront city falls well within the extended Philadelphia area, and its development affects the greater metropolis. Here, the large surface lot at 1101 Ocean Avenue, adjacent to the Flanders Hotel, is set to be developed into a six-story, 111-unit condo resort. The project, dubbed The Soleil Resort, will sit less than a block off of the boardwalk and the beach. The project will feature a cafe/restaurant and a shop for sundries and will include nearly 400 parking spaces in a covered garage.