CAMDEN, N.J. — A piece of Camden’s criminal past is making way for a more righteous future.
The former home of Milton Milan, a mayor who went from City Hall to federal prison in December 2000, will be razed to provide parking for a planned Mormon church in East Camden.
The meeting house is set to rise on an adjacent lot off Federal Street, between 33rd and 34th streets.
When FBI agents raided the site in August 1999, authorities said the two-story Victorian reflected Milan’s illicit behavior. They alleged business operators provided windows, a deck and other amenities for the 33rd Street home in exchange for city contracts.
Now, the building’s pending demolition reflects growth in South Jersey, and notably in Camden, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. The Courier-Post of Cherry Hill reports that the planned facility will serve two urban congregations with almost 200 members, most of them converts.
“In the past years, the church in the city has grown a lot,” said Angel Ramos of Camden, president of a Pennsauken-based branch of about 80 English-speaking Mormons. Camden also is home to a larger group, called a ward, of about 110 Spanish-speaking Mormons.
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