Camden’s field of dreams withers, but construction blooms

    A baseball stadium that was hailed as a sign of the bright future of the waterfront in the poverty-stricken city of Camden now sits mostly empty, but hundreds of millions in redevelopment projects are rising up around it.

    Camden County has been trying since the independent league Camden Riversharks folded in 2015 to draw a minor league team to use the stadium.

    But 2017 will be the second season without professional baseball.

    As a few dozen people sat among a sea of empty seats on a recent day to watch a Rutgers-Camden college baseball game, it’s now a $1 billion development project by Liberty Property Trust that has become the crown jewel of Camden waterfront.

    The first phase of the project, new headquarters for a water company, is under construction.

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