Marlboro Mayor John Hornik and real estate developer Robert Pagano broke ground at the intersection of Rt. 520 and Rt. 9 Friday morning, officially kicking off the construction of the Marlboro Shopping Center.
The much-anticipated shopping center , and according to Pagano construction should be complete by this time next year.
Pagano thanked the township for being business-friendly.
"This project had its ups and downs like any project," Pagano said. He recalled having an issue with a permit from the DEP because it was approaching expiration. After a call to the township, they quickly sorted the problem out and helped Pagano move forward with his project.
Hornik welcomed the new businesses to the community and highlighted the benefits they will bring to not only Marlboro, but to the surrounding municipalities.
"It has been a long journey to get this done. I want to thank Rob and Pagano Real Estate and Whole Foods for investing in our town. This shopping center is important not only to the residents of Marlboro but to the entire area. It's going to create jobs, it's going to add to our tax revenue, and it's going to add a wonderful shopping experience at Whole Foods," Hornik said.
"I just look forward to the day this is done. We can't wait to actually officially open the stores," Hornik said.