Judge rules landmark Camden building may be razed

Tuesday, February 08, 2011
Campbells Soup headquarters

FILE PHOTO (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

A judge has ruled that Camden officials can move ahead with a plan to take ownership of a landmark former Sears building, then raze it to make way for an office park being developed by the Campbell Soup Co.

One community activist has pledged to appeal, saying there's an alternate plan for the building that would create jobs for residents in Camden, one of the nation's poorest cities.

The building served as a Sears department store from 1927 until 1971.

Campbell Soup is the sole remaining Fortune 500 company in Camden. It considered moving elsewhere but agreed in 2007 to remain and redevelop a swath of the city as an office park.

A Campbell spokesman said the company is happy with Tuesday's ruling.

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