Egg Harbor City developer Brad Haber killed in car crash

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Brad Haber Brad Haber EGG HARBOR CITY – Brad Haber, developer of Neighborhoods at Cedar Creek, was killed in an early morning car crash today (Friday, May 16) in Mullica Township.

Haber, 60 of Medford, touched the lives of many city residents, including children who play sports for the Crusaders Youth Athletic Organization, and students at Cedar Creek High School. Haber donated money and materials to build dugouts at the Key-Rec field and an equipment shed for the Cedar Creek baseball team. Many of the adults in the community called him “friend.”

Haber was driving to work in Egg Harbor City shortly before 6 a.m. when his Cadillac went off the road along the 3400-block of Nesco Road, and hit several trees and a utility pole. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Police are investigating the cause of the accident and are looking for witnesses.

The Elwood and Nesco fire companies responded to the scene and used the Jaws of Life. His dog that was in the car was taken to a veterinarian.

Egg Harbor City Mayor Lisa Jiampetti said she was in disbelief when police told her of the accident.

“This is very sad for his family. Brad was a visionary and we see that his dream for Egg Harbor City was starting to come true. He was a partner with the community and supported our schools. He never said no when people asked. He did everything he could to be part of our town and he will be sadly missed.”

“Brad was a cheerleader for the rebirth of Egg Harbor City and saw our community as the next Haddonfield or Collingswood,” said Planning Board attorney and Egg Harbor City Chamber of Commerce President Jim Schroder.

Schroeder said he had dealings with Haber in the Medford area.

“He had a great reputation and when I heard he was coming to Egg Harbor City, I laughed with anticipation for what he would bring – expertise and a gregarious, cantankerous way about him.”

Schroeder said Haber was “unrelenting” about the quality of his product and demanded the best from those around him.

Haber was selected as the redeveloper for the Egg Harbor North Redevelopment Zone in 2011 and purchased 46 lots from the city for $690,000. Sales were going better than expected, he said at a City Council meeting on March 27. He was planning to start Neighborhood Two this month, and purchase more land for Neighborhood Three in the fall.

City Councilman Ed Dennis, who worked closely with Haber during the redevelopment process, said the accident was a terrific tragedy for Haber’s family.

Dennis said Haber was a consummate professional who delivered what he said he would.

“He was driving to work at 6 a.m., that shows you what a dedicated person he was,” Dennis said.

Haber was big on using local contractors and suppliers and often took his employees out for refreshments on Friday after work.

“I love it here and I’m honored to be part of the community. You gave me a lot of opportunities here, and I want to make the most of it,” he told residents gathered at the March meeting.

Haber worked for K. Hovnanian before starting his own company several years ago.

Dennis said he was not sure how the Haber vision would continue.

“For the short period of time he was involved in Egg Harbor City it will have a long-lasting effect, and a positive one at that,” Dennis said.

Jiampetti said it was too early to speculate on what would happen with the housing development. Although he was at the forefront of Brad Haber Homes, Jiampetti believed he did have financial partners.

“Hopefully, everything will work out. Brad was a responsible man when he was with us and he will continue to be responsible even though he’s gone. He was just a good guy,” she said.

Anyone who may have seen the accident is asked to call the Mullica Township Police Department at 609-561-7600, ext. 121.

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