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Centuries-old Stockton Inn eyed for revitalization

A potential buyer has come forward to purchase the long-neglected Stockton Inn, a historic icon in the Borough of Stockton, N.J.

The 300-year-old inn, once a stagecoach stop, attracted New York celebrities in its heyday during the 1930s and ‘40s. It has been memorialized in the song “There’s a Small Hotel With a Wishing Well,” with music by Richard Rodgers.

Avon Road Partners LP, a New York City-based organization, has informed Stockton-area residents in a letter that it is a “family partnership working to reimagine, preserve and reopen the Stockton Inn.”

The master plan addresses the region of 25 million people in a 100-mile radius. The plan includes repositioning the building, revitalizing the inn’s restaurant and guest rooms and adding a 17,000-square-foot three-story building with guest rooms connected with a passageway to a tented 1,000-seat- amphitheater. There’s also a wellness center in the plan.

The buyer assures Stockton-area residents that the complex will enhance the town. The plan recognizes the unusual waterscape and gardens surrounding the inn and includes much of the existing landscaping.

The inn is sited at the end of Bridge Street in the borough – visible to all visitors crossing the Delaware from the village of Centre Bridge in Bucks County.

The partners are JB Berman and her brother Alan Berman. According to LinkedIn, “For more than two decades Avon Road Partners a family office has invested in, founded and operated multiple enterprises in the Gaming, Technology, Media and Real Estate Sectors.”

A Vimeo presentation promises “a rebirth of Stockton.” The online presentation is at (passcode: StocktonInn1).

The Bermans have promised residents that they will be invited to “socially distanced opportunities to learn about our plans.”