MIDDLETOWN, NJ - It's getting closer. The Middletown Planning Board recently approved the proposal from National Realty and Development Corp. to build on the site that most recall as hosting the big (formerly spinning) clown sign. There is  currently a  liquor store on the site that also housed the Courier Newspaper, a local news organization.

Below, you can view a promotional video that was released including the theme of Wegman's and related retail, such as a dine-in cinema and other shops that are planned at the site historically owned by former Assemblyman Joseph Azzolina and family. 

The shopping center will comprise approximately 340,000 square feet of retail space, anchored by Wegman's and an eight screen dine-in movie theater called CMX. The location is between King's Highway East and and Kanes Lane. The land use dynamics and fights on the site span decades. Today, however, it appears to be coming to fruition. The project is set to include hundreds of homes built by Toll Brothers. The plans call for about 400 homes with 320 townhouses and apartment buildings with 80 low to moderate income units. 

About 30 stores are planned at the site. They include Circus Liquors and also a Pets Supplies Plus. According to main anchor store Wegmans, they are a regional supermarket chain with 99 stores: 46 in New York, 18 in Pennsylvania, 9 in New Jersey, 12 in Virginia, 8 in Maryland, and 6 in Massachusetts. It is one of the largest private companies in the United States.