NEWTON, NJ—During the planning board meeting held Wednesday, August 19, Camp Iliff was approved to be divided into three separate business spaces.
The existing building, which according to the current owner of Camp Iliff, Teresa Iliff are “already separated to accommodate three separate uses”, will be divided into a Day Care Center, a buffet restaurant, and a retail store.
The far right side of the existing building known as Camp Iliff, will remain solely a Day Care Center and have its own entrance and exit. The hours of operations will be Monday through Friday from 6:30 a.m. until approximately 7 p.m. The center will not be open on the weekends.
In the middle of the existing building will be the new buffet restaurant. The buffet will offer a variety of food including, but not limited to: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, Chinese food, a taco bar, a frozen yogurt dessert bar, a large salad bar, a pasta station, a carving station and more.
The hours of operations for the restaurant will be Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. until 10 p.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. until 9 p.m. This part of the building will also have its own entrance and exit.
The final section on the far left side of the existing building, will be a retail store. The name of the store will be It’s A Dollar, which according to Iliff, “is named It’s a Dollar, because everything really is only one dollar”.
The hours of operations for the store will be Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. until 9 p.m. Due to the church services provided by the Christ Community Church, who shares a parking lot with Camp Iliff, the retail store will match the buffet’s hours on Sunday, which are 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.
The main concern of both the public and the planning board is how the deliveries will occur. Currently, deliveries occur as little as twice a month and as much as once a week during the camp’s busy season. The products come in on tractor trailers and are brought in through the front door of the Day Care Center.
The board’s concern is with the new set-up of the delivery schedule which will occur during the hours of business of the Day Care Center on the right side of the building, but before the opening of the retail store and buffet. The issue being that unknown delivery personnel will be coming through the Day Care while there are children present. Iliff made it clear to the board that “if the deliveries do occur after 9 a.m., the children will all be in their classrooms within the building and there will be no children in the hallways”.
The public’s concern is mainly about the timing of the deliveries and what will be carrying the products there. Iliff explained that she is at the mercy of the companies that she is getting the products from. “I cannot request from a company who delivers to three or four different business in the town to deliver to me at a specific time or in a specific size truck. I am just a stop on a route that the companies already have throughout the town of Newton,” she said.
Iliff did agree to look into the timing of the deliveries and try to have them scheduled after 9 a.m. during the week. A suggestion was also made by the board to see if some companies can deliver on Saturdays since the Day Care Center does not operate on the weekends.
There is not an exact date as to when the reconstruction of the building will begin.