The recent announcement that a Sloan Kettering Cancer Treatment Center will be coming to Middletown is extraordinary news for both the residents of the township, and the region as a whole. The benefits to all are numerous. First, the facility will occupy an existing building that had been vacant for over ten years. This is an excellent example of repurposing an already developed property to avoid greenfield development.

Second, the tax agreement entered into between the Township and Sloan Kettering will result in a significant increase to Middletown's commercial tax ratable base. Third, the project will bring nearly 300 high paying jobs to the area. Most importantly, it will offer residents a world class cancer treatment facility right here in Middletown, without having to drive into Manhattan or Philadelphia.

The completion of this project is a credit to the Township staff and the management of Sloan Kettering, both of whom put in an enormous amount of time and effort in working through the many complex issues that are inherent in an endeavor of this magnitude. I would also like to commend the Christie Administration for the important role it played and its continuing efforts to stimulate economic development in New Jersey. It is gratifying to have all levels of government and business working hand in hand so effectively for the direct benefit of the community they serve.

Gerry Scharfenberger, Mayor

Middletown Township