Bellmawr Landfill has liquor license from The Pennant

Back in November 2015, the Bellmawr Landfill redevelopers took ownership of the Pennant Rock Club’s liquor license.

I first noticed this while looking up something else in the New Jersey ABC list of liquor license holders and saw the landfill company listed as owning a license!  Then searching the LLC I saw that the license transfer was approved in the November 2015 Bellmawr Council meeting minutes.

I see two big takeaways from this:

  • Landfill: Despite many who think nothing is coming to the landfill, this purchase further confirms that the developers are intent on building something… and something more than just warehouses.  South Jersey Observer has had several recent updates on the project, including road widening and plans that indicate the developer still has plans for a large multi-use development.
  • Pennant: The deteriorating Pennant Nightclub property will probably never reopen as a bar venue, as the only other available Bellmawr license is attached to the old Coral Reef property.

For those unaware, the Bellmawr Landfill project is a decade long project to close the landfill with millions of cubic feet of dirt, so that it can then be developed with retail, businesses and possibly hotels.  The project has been running so long without any development (and a variety of proposals), many believe that nothing is coming to the property.

The Pennant is a legendary rock club which started as Dick Lee’s, back when South Jersey was a mecca for entertainment and before the Atlantic City Casinos took over the big entertainment.  It was later a hotbed for Hair metal bands in the 80s and became the Pennant rock club.  It has been closed for several years and the property has been deteriorating.

I grew up just houses down from the Pennant, and while in my youthful years I enjoyed my ability to walk home at night, I believe the neighborhood would be happy to know the liquor license is gone, as frequently the overflow parking would flow into the neighborhood (along with late night drunken shenigans as kids found their way back to their cars).   No word on what is to become of the Pennant club property

10 thoughts on “Bellmawr Landfill has liquor license from The Pennant”

  1. They should knock it down.. Too I think that WaWa’s SHOULD NOT BE BUILT the Super WaWa’s in a residential area. The traffic on my street is HORRIBLE. I have two empty houses which I had to make the borough come out to fix up the one.. The value of my home went WAY DOWN.. One good thing my property taxes when down.. I would not recommend anyone to get that property. Both those house one next to one another have been empty way over a year… The state should have bought us out of those homes. Now the Creek Rd. Overpass is almost FINALLY DONE. YEA… I think WaWa and I have been in touch with them they should put up a big privacy fence to block the headlights from shining into peoples homes and even those poor houses on Creek Rd. The lights are SO BRIGHT.. Thank God I sleep toward the back of my home there on Edgewood and have dark shades.. I see all the ones that are up are on a major highway. Why couldn’t they rebuild that at the entrance of or down a little further off the Industrial Park and 42.. That one street being blocked off is causing all this traffic.. I wonder how that will be once the Creek Rd. Overpass is done.

  2. The site of the Pennant would be atrocious for a Super Wawa. It’s bad enough when you have motorists traveling north bound on 130 who merge directly from the center lane onto Kings Hwy right at the intersection with no turn signal or ever getting into the right lane to make the turn.

  3. I also grew up in neighborhood near the penant. Family member actually lived right next to it. I agree everyone will be glad it’s gone for good. Question is what will it become?

  4. as if the circle isn’t bad enough, another food store there would be accident friendly. the entrance to 295 in westville thanks to the Drunkin Go Nuts is even more challenging.
    New Jersey is the “Race To The Red Light” state.

  5. I still don’t understand how they are allowed to fill in those wetlands with EPA regulations on wetland protections being what they are. A man in Mantua Township was forbidden to fill in a spring that had developed in his front yard because it was now a wetland area. All he wanted to do was eliminate the mosquito hazard and have a lawn. This area was ENTIRELY wetland yet they have been permitted to cover it with hundreds of tons (thousands of tons?) of fill-dirt. In my mind, the marshy nature of the area would make the fill unstable (which probably explains why the dirt is being piled so high) and eventually erode it from below. The same happened 45+ years ago when a new shopping complex in the same township was built and swamp area was black-topped. They continually had to repave and fill the sinkholes in the parking lot. I know if the EPA wasn’t permitting it, they’d have stopped it by now, but I just don’t understand why they permitted it in the first place.

    • There is a multiple acres buffer around the perimeter that will be part of green acres and will have a walking trail
      There was significant parts of the landfill where the trash just bled directly into the creek. The developer sealed that all of with retention walls and fill. The state negotiated that… The protection of keeping pollution out of the water was more important

        • No it won’t. The state agreed to change the missing move to a boulevard type connection along creek road so that traffic will be forced by this property. Thus why the missing move project was bumped to after the 42/295 interchange is done. It was to be completed before the mainline work began originally

  6. I don’t think they should tear it down!! It iis a landmark of alllll the famous bands that have played there. So many people have put up a fight in this! Leave it as it is for the memories!!!

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