Main Street Complex

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Main Street Complex
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Main Street Complex (The Mansion in foreground; Main Street offices in background)
LocationVoorhees, New Jersey, U.S.
Coordinates39°51′54″N 74°56′48″W / 39.86512°N 74.94658°W / 39.86512; -74.94658Coordinates: 39°51′54″N 74°56′48″W / 39.86512°N 74.94658°W / 39.86512; -74.94658
Opening dateSeptember 30, 1988[1]
DeveloperJohn B. Canuso
OwnerBrandywine Realty Trust
Parking2 parking garages
parking lots
Public transit accessBus transport NJ Transit NJ Transit bus: 451

The Voorhees Main Street Complex (also known as the Voorhees Complex, Main Street Complex, or simply Main Street) is a shopping center, banquet hall, residential, medical and business complex located in Voorhees, New Jersey, United States. It was developed by John B. Canuso, a South Jersey developer.

History[edit]

The first phase of the Main Street Complex was built in 1988[2] with the entire project costing $200 million. It was designed to serve as a marketplace and town center for Voorhees. It was built on 167 acres (0.68 km2), which included a 162,000-square-foot (15,100 m2) business complex. This became known as Main Street Plaza 1000. Another business complex, known as Main Street Piazza, was established in 1990.[3] Restaurants, exclusive shops, open gardens, and condominiums were also soon developed. The Radnor Corporation, which was Canuso's partnership for the project, took control of the complex in 1994. In 1997, Radnor Corp. sold the complex to Brandywine Realty Trust for $21.5 million.[4] In October 1988, former President Ronald Reagan made a campaign stop at the complex.[5]

Facilities[edit]

The Main Street Complex is located on Main Street (namesake for the complex) and Kresson Road, between Evesham Road (County Route 544) and Centennial Boulevard in Voorhees, New Jersey. The largest amenity on the site is the Cooper Health System (formerly occupied by the West Jersey Heath System, currently known as Virtua), which consists of several medical offices. Directly above some of the medical offices are condominiums. Catelli Italian Restaurant was a restaurant that opened in 1994 and closed on July 24, 2011. A new location, branded as Catelli Duo, opened at the nearby Voorhees Town Center on September 17, 2012.[6][7][8] The Main Street Pub was the longest running restaurant at the complex, which opened in 1992 and closed its doors in 2014.[9] The Mansion is a catering facility with several banquet rooms. Since its opening in 1990, The Mansion hosts weddings, conferences, bar and bat mitzvahs, and other special events.[10] The Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey, a large business organization for the region, has its headquarters at Main Street.[11] A playground was built in 1993, at a cost of $70,000, but was removed in 2010 due to safety concerns.[12][13]

CVS Pharmacy, Roma Bank, and the Congregation Beth El synagogue are free-standing buildings on the property of Main Street.

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References[edit]

An elevated breezeway in Main Street Complex
  1. ^ Robert DiGiacomo (October 5, 1988). "Charm Resides On Main Street". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  2. ^ "Our Properties: Main Street Plaza 1000". Brandywine Realty Trust website. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  3. ^ "Our Properties: Main Street Piazza". Brandywine Realty Trust website. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  4. ^ Ann Marie T. Cammarota (2001). Pavements in the garden: the suburbanization of southern New Jersey, adjacent to the city of Philadelphia, 1769 to the present. Fairleigh Dickinson University Press. ISBN 0-8386-3881-3. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  5. ^ Louis R. Carlozo (April 2, 1993). "N.j. Developer's American Dream Crumbles Voorhees' Main Street Was To Be Upscale With A Small-town Feel. Its Creator Now Is Suing". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved June 30, 2011.
  6. ^ "We will be "Reinventing Italian" this week at our Grand Opening Monday September 17th!". Twitter. Retrieved November 3, 2012.
  7. ^ "Voorhees' Catelli restaurant to close doors Sunday". Courier-Post. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  8. ^ "Michael Klein: Owners of former Catelli open Catelli Duo in Voorhees". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  9. ^ William Sokolic (September 22, 2014). "Voorhees pub closure a mystery". Courier-Post. Retrieved April 5, 2015.
  10. ^ John V. R. Bull (December 30, 1990). "The Sunday Brunch Is A Feast At Dazzling Mansion In Voorhees". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 27, 2011.
  11. ^ "Chamber of Commerce Southern New Jersey: Where Business Grows". Chambersnj.com. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  12. ^ Alison F. Orenstein (October 18, 1992). "Playground Plan Aided By Its Users - Children The Architect Went To Schools To Learn What Voorhees Kids Had In Mind. They're Getting It: A Dragon, With Slide. If All Goes As Planned, The $70,000 Playground On Main Street Will Be Ready In The Spring". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved November 7, 2012.
  13. ^ "Construction set for new playground". The Voorhees Sun. Retrieved April 5, 2015.

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