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Sept. 16, 2019 Bellmawr Waterfront Development – Brownfields Development Area Steering Committee Presentation

On September 16, 2019, the Borough of Bellmawr and the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency hosted a Brownfields Development Area (BDA) Steering Committee meeting. Updates on the environmental remediation and redevelopment efforts were provided.

History:

  • Landfill Operations were from 1962-1979

History – Brownfield Designation

  • Landfills closed in 1982 with two-three feet of soil cover. The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) determined this area was not a Superfund site in the mid-1980s.
  • By 2004, it was recognized that the landfill was poorly maintained. There was ponding on site, trash exposure, and leachate discharge into Big Timber Creek.
  • By 2006, it was discovered that old storm water pipes were failing and in danger of collapse.
  • The Bellmawr Waterfront Development, LLC, (BWD) and the Borough of Bellmawr coordinated with Municipal, County, and State officials to create a plan to fully remediate and properly close the landfills.

Since then, BWD has accomplished:

  • 100% remediation of Phase I: 54 acres
  • 98% remediation of Phase II: 27 acres
  • 90% remediation of Phase III (Borough property): 28 acres.

Current Status:

  • Phase I NJDEP Remedial Action Permit for Soil has been submitted for approval.
  • Tidelands Grant Application has been submitted for approval.
  • Planning for access roadway is underway.
  • Planning for public walking trail is underway.

NJDOT Progress Report:

Bellmawr Waterfront Development, LLC, and the Borough of Bellmawr continue to coordinate efforts with NJDOT, Camden County, and Deptford Township regarding:

  • NJDOT’s Missing Moves project
  • NJDOT’s Creek Road and Route 42 Connector Project

Tidelands Progress Report:

  • NJDEP – Tidelands Bureau has requested that Bellmawr Waterfront Development (BWD) and Bellmawr Borough bifurcate (divide) the overall Tidelands Grant Application.
  • BWD will apply for the major grant adjacent to Phases I and II.
  • Bellmawr Borough will apply for a minor grant for several very small areas within the Borough’s Phase III property.

Waterfront Park Progress Report

  • BWD has been meeting with the Borough Select Park Committee, as well as with the Borough and the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency’s legal, engineering, planning, and traffic professionals, who are all working together to finalize the park plan.
  • The park will be a waterfront, natural park, with public access to the waterfront. It will also have a walking trail, nature overlooks, benches, exercise stations, and shade structures.
  • Park plans are nearing completion and BWD anticipates meeting soon with the Select Park Committee to finalize the park design.
  • Once the plans are finalized, the permitting process can begin. This will involve NJDEP permits, County permits, and also the Planning Boards in both Bellmawr and Deptford.
  • BWD will construct the park at its own expenses as a component of the redeveloper’s obligations under the Redevelopment Agreement.
  • If the park plans and the Redevelopment Agreement are approved this fall, park construction can begin next spring, and could be completed by fall, 2020.

Redevelopment Process Progress Report

  • BWD, Big Timber Junction, LLC (the “Redeveloper”), Bellmawr Borough, and the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency continue to work together diligently and cooperatively to prepare for the next phase — Redevelopment.
  • BWD anticipates formally executing Redevelopment Documents with the Borough and the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency very soon.
  • BWD is confident that we can bring commercial redevelopment to at least some portions of the site in the future. As with any landfill remediation project, geotechnical and soil stability concerns remain.” [Emphasis supplied]
  • Geotechnical conditions may limit the type of construction upon the site. [Emphasis supplied]
  • NJDOT site access issues also remain. End users will require the Creek Road to 42 Connector Road to be eventually constructed.
  • Deptford Township continues to support redevelopment efforts. However, Deptford has expressed its commitment to BWD and Mayor Chuck Sauter “to do no harm to existing area retail businesses, and in particular, the Deptford Mall.”
  • BWD will comply with the requirements of both Bellmawr and Deptford.

The update and meeting were presented by:

  • Gary Brown, P.E., L.S.R.P., RT President
  • Jennifer Berg, RT Project Manager
  • Donald Nogowski, Esquire, Redevelopment Counsel

To view the meeting presentation, click the image below:

SJO video of the meeting:

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Bellmawr Brownfield Development Area Steering Committee Meeting Sept. 16

The Borough of Bellmawr and the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency will be hosting a Brownfield Development Area (BDA) Steering Committee Meeting on Monday, September 16, 2019 at 6:00 pm.

The purpose of the Meeting is to provide an update on both the environmental remediation and redevelopment efforts, as well as a Q & A session.

The meeting will be located in the Bellmawr Borough Hall Courtroom located at 21 East Browning Road.

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Environmental Remediation of Bellmawr Waterfront Development Site Nearly Complete

“The environmental remediation of the waterfront development site is nearly complete, with just some top-cap remaining, explained Josh Tregear, when SJO recently asked for an update. “This will be further updated and expounded upon at the next Brownfield Development Area Steering Committee Meeting, tentatively scheduled for late September/early October.”

Mr. Tregear, the Executive Director of the Bellmawr Redevelopment Authority, continued: “Once the remediation is complete and we have all of the necessary approvals from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJ-DEP), development may commence on the waterfront park and nature trail. Of course, the necessary agreements will need to be finalized among all of the stakeholders (Borough, redeveloper, and redevopment agency), as well, which is also approaching the end stages.”

Bellmawr Waterfront Development
Sign on the Creek Road side of the property announcing the proposed major disposal of Green Acres Land and a public hearing that was set to take place in 2010.
(SJO photo)

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Bellmawr Redevelopment Partners, LLC Applies for Change of Corporate Structure

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Application has been made to the Borough of Bellmawr for a change of corporate structure of Bellmawr Redevelopment Partners, LLC, according to a recently published Legal Notice.

The Legal Notice states: “Bellmawr Redevelopment Partners, LLC is the owner of the unsited Plenary Retail Consumption License #0404-33-009-004, resulting in the following members of Bellmawr Redevelopment Partners, LLC owning 100% shareholder interest in the company. John Contrevo… [and] Denise Esposito… [of] Sewell.”

Any objections should be made immediately in writing to Francine Wright, Clerk of the Borough of Bellmawr, Municipal Building, 21 E Browning Road, Bellmawr, New Jersey 08031.

In 2016, Mark Matthews of 42 Freeway reported that the Bellmawr Landfill redevelopers took ownership of the Pennant Rock Club’s liquor license in 2015.

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Feb. 4 Public Hearing for Bellmawr Waterfront Park Removed From Planning Board Agenda; Splash Park Has Been Discussed as Part of Site Plans

The public hearing for the proposed 13-acre Park at the Bellmawr Waterfront has been removed from the Planning Board’s February 4, 2019 agenda, confirmed Bellmawr Planning Board Secretary Margaret Sandrock via email on January 29, 2019. She said that the only application is a site plan for TCT Properties LLC located at 700 Creek Road.

As for the waterfront park, SJO recently posted that proposed plans call for public bathroom facilities, nature trails, waterfront access points, exercise stations, benches, shade structures, educational stations, ADA accessible observation overlooks, and public parking. The park will include existing Green Acres as well as new dedicated parkland in Bellmawr and Deptford.

Will a splash park be included in those plans? The issue was discussed at the December 3, 2018 Planning Board meeting.

According to the minutes, there was an informal hearing at that meeting. Planning Board attorney, Mike McKenna stated: “No action will be taken on this hearing tonight. This is just a status report.”

Attorney Warren Weinstein stated that an update was being presented as to where “they are with this project… He [was] here to present the existing waterfront park plan.”

He stated: “This plan is work in progress. They are proposing to build a [nature] park. The trail will be well over a mile long and they will provide shade structures throughout the site. There will be signs posted at the entrance of the park stating the rules and hours. There will be bathroom facilities, which will be permanent structures. This is just Phase 1 of the park. Phase 2 would be the splash park.”

Weinstein continued: “It would be a green area with grass, splash park and places for people to eat so that the residents can watch their children. This area will be a common place with benches. This would be something like a town center.”

Councilman Jim D’Angelo was at the meeting and was “upset over the splash park.” He was there to represent the Mayor Chuck Sauter, who could not attend.

According to the minutes, D’Angelo asked: “In Phase 1, 2 or 3 is this a function that would be in front of a business or could this be separate from the commercial area? Originally you stated that this section was going to be by itself so that the residents of the town can enjoy it.”

D’Angelo also stated: “Things … were told at the last meeting that wouldn’t work is there now. They are making the cheapest park that they can. All the aggravation that you put everyone through and now we are back to what you discussed originally. People are not going to go there…”

D’Angelo mentioned there different types of splash parks – including pirate ships.

McKenna stated that Councilman D’Angelo could be used at the meetings for his input.

D’Angelo was sworn in as a commissioner to the Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency on January 14, 2019.

Councilman and Bellmawr Redevelopment Agency Commissioner, Paul DeAngelis, stated they “need to see more variations for the splash park. He was also concerned on how much they were paying for this property.”

McKenna mentioned an amphitheater, but “people have stated they don’t like it.”

Additionally, McKenna stated: “No one is promised anything on the redevelopment and can solicit from anybody who would be interested.”

Councilman D’ Angelo stated that everything is a matter of trust.

Councilman Craig Wilhelm stated he is concerned about the security and that this project has never come before the police department. He had concerns about police, fire and EMS being consulted about this project.

Chairman Carl Klese stated that it was discussed to put cameras in different areas in the park.

McKenna stated he is in full support that the police, fire and EMS should be involved.

Fire Chief/Construction Official, Jim Burleigh, stated he hasn’t been invited to any other meetings except for sitting on the Planning Board.

Planning Board member, Dan DiRenzo, asked the time frame for approval on the park and asked if the project would still be on target when the weather breaks.

Weinstein replied that a site plan for approval within 60 days would be submitted and stated that the project would be on target as long as the weather breaks.

To view the meeting minutes from the December 3, 2018 Planning Board meeting, click below:

Regarding the application for TCT Properties LLC, that property last sold on July 2, 2018 for $175,000.00 on July 2, 2018, according to N.J. Parcels.com.

Image Credits: NJParcels.com