New apartments open on Camden Waterfront, first since 2003

By Phaedra Trethan, Cherry Hill Courier-Post, June 24, 2019

The rooftop deck at 11 Cooper has seating areas, a hot tub and panoramic views of the city, the Delaware River, Ben Franklin Bridge and Philadelphia skyline. (Photo: Phaedra Trethan)

CAMDEN – The rooftop deck at 11 Cooper offers sweeping views of the Delaware River, the Benjamin Franklin Bridge, the Philadelphia skyline — and a rapidly changing downtown Camden, one that officials hope will become the "live, work and play" place so many millennials and empty-nesters crave.

11 Cooper is owned by CP Residential, a partnership between Conner Strong & Buckelew, NFI and The Michaels Organization. The partnership was awarded more than $18 million in incentives from the New Jersey Economic Development Authority in 2018; Conner Strong chairman and South Jersey Democratic powerbroker George E. Norcross, who's been engaged in an ugly public feud with Gov. Phil Murphy, stood at the back of the tent during the opening, listening as officials including freeholder Jeff Nash and Mayor Frank Moran lauded his role in Camden's ongoing efforts at revitalization.

The 155-unit building, said Moran, "speaks to the importance of Camden's rising," and is among 1,600 housing units that are being rehabbed or constructed in Camden, with commercial developers like Michaels redeveloping areas like Centerville's Branch Village and Cooper Townhomes downtown; and nonprofits like Camden Lutheran Housing, St. Joseph's Carpenter Society and others working in neighborhoods throughout the city.

"After 50 years of decline, we've seen 8 years of progress and promise," he said.

"We are seeing billions of dollars of real investment in a city that was redlined, neglected and left to wither away," he said, before praising Norcross, who stood at the back of the large tent erected on 11 Cooper's parking lot.