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PHOTO GALLERY: Sign Of The Times: Bayville's Barren Retail Landscape

The Route 9 commercial corridor in Bayville is studded with empty buildings, long-vacant lots

 

Visitors heading down Route 9 South into Bayville are greeted by a "Welcome to Berkeley Township" sign as they pass the boundary line between Pine Beach and the township.

But the view after the sign isn't pretty. The decaying Beachwood Shopping Center - with its sagging roofs, boarded-up, long-vacant stores and battered parking lot full of weeds - is the next thing they see.

Despite the state Planning Commission's long-sought approval of the township's massive redevelopment plan in early July, the site remains untouched.

Although retail seems to be booming just a few miles down Route 9 in nearby Lacey Township, that is not the case in Berkeley.

The Baywick and Berkeley plazas are the only larger mall-like complexes along the Route 9 corridor in Bayville.

What's your take on the retail situation along Route 9? How do you think it could be improved? Tell us in the comments section below!

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