News that some developers are interested in one of the host of former Roebling & Sons structures in Trenton’s South Ward is of the good variety.
Trenton is filled with wonderful yet long-abandoned structures and it seems the city has had little success generating interest in many of them, despite how attractive many seem for redevelopment purposes.
Luckily in this particular potential project the Mercer County Improvement Authority will have jurisdiction over much of the process, removing the negative pressures that always result when developers are forced to do business with city officials.
And even when the City of Trenton does get involved, some of the developers – like HHG Development – already have experience developing property in Trenton.
If ultimately a city-based company gets to develop the property, official shakedown tactics and other characteristics of the development process in Trenton probably won’t scare off its principals.
While other developers often balk and flee town at the first hint of such activity, Trenton’s established developers have already proven they can play the game and move forward with their developments.
They can do so despite the demands of Mayor Douglas H. Palmer and other city officials, who make the already risky process of developing property in Trenton even more difficult with extra demands.
With the existence of such demands it is amazing that any projects have moved forward in Trenton at all. Conversely, it makes the frequent failure of many a highly touted project that much more believable.
You’d think that they already risky development and business climate in Trenton would drive a city administration to make development as easy as possible.
Then again, it is Trenton.