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Request to Extend Existing Discharge to Groundwater Permit-By-Rule For Construction Dewatering As Part of I-295/Route 42 Connector a/k/a Missing Moves Project Has Been Submitted

As part of construction of the I-295/Route 42 Connector a/k/a “Missing Moves” project, “a request to extend an existing Discharge to Groundwater Permit-by-Rule for construction dewatering has been submitted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (Department) to discharge to groundwater in accordance with a permit issued pursuant to the provisions of the New Jersey Water Pollution Control”, according to a Public Notice that was published on December 26, 2020.

The I-295/Route 42 Connector a/k/a “Missing Moves” project is located in Bellmawr, Runnemede, Westville, and Deptford.

The Department’s Site Remediation Program is reviewing the permit-by-rule extension request to discharge to groundwater for the purpose of managing construction dewatering effluent on site in recharge/infiltration basins as part of the above linear construction project with the program interest number 165123.

The public notice states: “The results of New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) site investigations in 2011, 2015, and 2016 indicated the presence of PAHs (benzo[a]anthracene, benzo[a]pyrene, benzo[b]fluoranthene, dibenzo[a,h]anthracene, indeno[1,2,3-cd]pyrene) and metals (aluminum, lead, manganese, mercury, beryllium, and manganese) detected at concentrations above NJDEP Impact to Ground Water Soil Screening Level (IGWSSL) and/or NJDEP Soil Remediation Standards (SRS).”

“The contamination detected in soil is consistent with historic fill,” the public notice reads. “Additionally, a portion of the project is located within areas of NJDEP mapped historic fill.”

“Although no groundwater sampling data exists within the project limits, it is likely that the groundwater has been impacted by the detected soil contamination and mapped historic fill material.”

A copy of the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request is available from the person responsible for conducting the remediation, New Jersey Department of Transportation, 1035 Parkway Avenue, Trenton, New Jersey, or as part of the administrative record which is on file at the offices of the Department, Site Remediation Program, located at 401 East State Street, Trenton, Mercer County, New Jersey. 

The file may be reviewed under the New Jersey Open Public Records Act (“OPRA”), N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq. Information regarding the OPRA procedures is available at

Interested persons may submit written comments regarding the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request to:

New Jersey Department of Transportation
1035 Parkway Avenue
P.O. Box 600
Trenton, New Jersey 08625-0600

All comments shall be submitted within 30 calendar days after the date of the public notice, or the end of any public hearing that the Department may schedule that occurs after that date.

All persons who believe that the discharge to groundwater proposal is inappropriate, must raise all reasonably ascertainable issues and submit in writing to the Department all reasonably available arguments and factual grounds supporting their position, including all supporting material, by the close of the public comment period.

The Department will consider all public comments that relate to the discharge to groundwater proposal, provided that the Department receives the comments by the close of the public comment period.

After the close of the public comment period, the Department will render a decision regarding the permit-by-rule extension request.

The Department will respond to all significant and timely comments with its decision regarding the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request.

Each person who has submitted written comments will receive notice of the Department’s decision.

Any person may request in writing that the Department hold a non-adversarial public hearing on the discharge to groundwater permit-by-rule extension request.

This request shall state the nature of the issues to be raised in the proposed hearing and shall be submitted within 30 calendar days of the date of the Public Notice that was published on December 26, 2020 to the address cited below.

A public hearing will be conducted whenever the Department determines that there is a significant degree of public interest in the discharge to groundwater decision.

If a public hearing is held, the public comment period in this notice shall automatically be extended to the close of the public hearing.

Comments and written requests for a non-adversarial public hearing shall be sent to:

NJ Department of Environmental Protection
Site Remediation Program Bureau Case Assignment & Initial Notice
Mail Code 401-05H 401
East State Street
P.O. Box 420
Trenton, NJ 08625-0420
Attn: DGW PBR Extension Request

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Ocean State Job Lot Purchases Former Toys ‘R Us Location in Deptford; 50 Full & Part-time Store Associates to Be Hired

North Kingstown, RI – (September 10, 2020) – Ocean State Job Lot (OSJL), a leading discount closeout retailer headquartered in Rhode Island with stores throughout New England, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, recently purchased the former Toys “R” Us location at 409 Almonesson Road, Deptford, NJ.

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Pat Gallagher, Brian Goodwin, David Judd and Brandon Anapol of Metro Commercial brokered the transaction. With a scheduled opening in late fall of 2020, this 44,165 sq. foot store is the 9th Toys ‘R Us location purchased since 2017.

The new store will be the retailer’s fifth in New Jersey, first in Southern New Jersey, and the 144th in the chain. This location is across from the Deptford Mall which is currently being redeveloped.  

Mark Matthews of 42 Freeway first reported this news in July, 2020.

Ocean State Job Lot is currently hiring for 50 full-time and part-time opportunities. Open positions include: Area Supervisors, Ad Coordinator, Department Heads, Field Merchandiser, Front End Supervisors, Operations Supervisor, Maintenance Associate, Receiver, Sales Associates, Stock Associates and Visual Merchandisers.

To apply, visit the Ocean State Job Lot careers website at

For any questions regarding the hiring process please email the recruiting department at

“We’re excited to open our fifth store in New Jersey and our first in Southern New Jersey,” said Paul Cox, Director of Store Operations, Ocean State Job Lot. “We look forward to introducing the Deptford community to the incredible values we offer at Ocean State Job Lot and are looking to hire friendly, motivated individuals in the area who will provide the outstanding customer service for which Ocean State Job Lot is known.”

Ocean State Job Lot encourages applicants from community-based organizations to apply and offers a competitive salary and benefits package including: flexible hours; medical, vision and dental insurance, if eligible; profit participation; service awards; paid time off; 401K; store discount, and more.

Shoppers throughout New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania know Ocean State Job Lot for its Crazy Deals, Insider Club, fantastic prices, friendly customer service, and wide range of merchandise. “This location makes sense for us. Its central location across from the Deptford Mall and its large footprint provides an enhanced in-store customer experience and will allow us to offer our customers a fantastic overall shopping experience,” continued Cox.

Ocean State Job Lot has made its mark in the discount-retail segment through opportunistic buying, which allows it to pass along huge savings to consumers. OSJL offers a wide selection of first-quality name brands and closeout merchandise at unbelievable prices.

Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (such as holiday, gardening, patio, pool and beach supplies), kitchen pantry staples and a broad offering of gourmet and international specialty foods.

About Ocean State Job Lot  

Founded in 1977, Ocean State Job Lot is a growing, privately held discount retail chain with 144 stores in New England, New York, New Jersey, and Pennsylvania, approximately 5,600 employees, and annual sales of approximately $750 million. Job Lot sells brand name, first quality merchandise at closeout prices.

Shoppers find an ever-changing array of household goods, apparel, pet supplies, seasonal products (holiday, gardening, patio, pool and beach supplies), and kitchen pantry staples at a fraction of their typical price.

The company has been named a “Best Midsize Employer” by Forbes Magazine.

The Ocean State Job Lot Charitable Foundation has a long history of philanthropic leadership, supporting numerous causes, including feeding the hungry, helping the homeless, assisting veterans and military families, aiding animal rescue, caring for children, advancing healthcare, supporting the arts and promoting learning.

Ocean State Job Lot is headquartered at 375 Commerce Park Road in the Quonset Point Business Park, North Kingstown, RI 02852.  Phone: (401) 295-2672.

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NJ-DOT Seeking Bid Proposals for Missing Moves; Post Includes Proposed Project Rendering

The New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJ-DOT) recently published a notice seeking bid proposals for the Route 295/42 Missing Moves project in Bellmawr from Route I-295 to Route 55 and for new ramp construction, grading, paving, and structures for the Boroughs of Bellmawr, Runnemede, and Westville and Deptford Township.

Bids are due November 7, 2019.

The below image is a rendering exclusively obtained by South Jersey Observer showing the proposed bridge and also the ramps that are planned for Leaf Avenue in Bellmawr.

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Earlier this year, Mark Matthews of 42 Freeway gave a break-down and update on the Missing Moves and Direct Connection projects in this video: