The 80-acre purchase will expand and relocate its operations as the nonprofit developmental services provider leaves its historic Haddonfield location.
By Matt Skoufalos
Plans to relocate nonprofit service provider Bancroft from its historic, 19-acre Haddonfield campus to an 80-acre, new-construction facility in Mount Laurel took another step forward Tuesday, as the organization completed its acquisition of the Burlington County site.
The move will allow Bancroft to deliver its array of services for the developmentally and intellectually disabled in an expanded footprint that will accommodate its programs for school-aged children, The Lindens Center for Autism, and its vocational, residential, and occupational therapy services. The new site will also offer more “recreation, socialization, and technological opportunities,” the company said in a statement.
“Haddonfield has been a gracious host community, as our legacy began on that campus,” said Bancroft President and CEO Toni Pergolin. “We are excited for our move, as it will allow us the growth we need to serve more people who need our services.”
Bancroft is planning to have the project online for the 2017-18 school year. Its sale of the Haddonfield campus is scheduled to close in June in a three-way deal involving the borough government and developer J. Brian O’Neill. Haddonfield Mayor Jeffrey Kasko both said the agreement is progressing according to plan, even as the borough works to complete its process to secure bonding and approvals for the redevelopment of the Haddonfield site.
“We wish [Bancroft] well,” Kasko said. “I know they want to get going on a new, modern campus in Mt. Laurel so they can serve the needs of their customers.
“Everything’s on schedule, and we should be closing by the end of June,” he said.