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16Apr1970_CP - Under Local Control Urban Renewal OK Mayors Are...
Under Local Control Urban Renewal OK Mayors Are Told Clementon Mayor Or a Wooster last night told more than 25 mayors attending the Camden County Mayors Association meeting that they "need not fear urban renewal or senior citizens housing." Urban renewal Is here to stay so why not get with it?" he asked the group at the Heritage Room in Oaklyn. Referring to the initial thinking in his own town, Wooster said that many officials and businessmen are afraid of urban renewal because "they think that federal spending means federal control." "No such thing. The plan Is yours to conceive and if the government okays it, its yours to administrate. Wooster said that Clementon's philosophy in revitalizing its business district with recent Department of Housing and Urban Development funds is diversification. Local Shopping Preferred The mayor claimed "people actually prefer to shop in their own town and if the town offers them the products and services they seek, they'll stay in town." Concerning senior citizens housing, Wooster said that priority for occupancy is also a matter of local control and a residential requirement of as long as five years may be imposed, "to prevent a flood of potential occupants into your town to take advantage of the low income housing." Making long range predictions "based on first hand observations," Wooster envisioned the high speed line extending to Atco and then to Atlantic City, more than 10,000 new homes in lower Camden County, and bigger and better malls throughout the entire lower portion of the county.

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  1. Courier-Post,
  2. 16 Apr 1970, Thu,
  3. Page 12

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