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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 www.state.nj.us/dep/opra/oprainfo.html.

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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Runnemede’s Closed LaQuinta Hotel Up for Auction; Starting Bid $1.5M

Runnemede’s LaQuinta Hotel located at 109 E. 9th Avenue will be going up for auction with a starting bid of $1,500,000 on December 1-3, 2020, according to a listing on Loop.net.

“The property occupies a prominent 4.5-acre site located at Exit 3 of the New Jersey Turnpike with easy access to Camden and Burlington County employers as well as to center city Philadelphia and Atlantic City,” the listing reads. “Located within a redevelopment zone which allows certain tax incentives and advantages offered by the Borough of Runnemede and the State of New Jersey; the PILOT program and PACE provide alternative financing for conservation and clean energy improvements.”

Originally built in 1977 as a full-service Holiday Inn, the existing 146-key hotel offers 4,500 SF of meeting space plus a dining area and lounge. Space is also available for a full kitchen.

The seven-story, 85,652-SF building has three elevators, provides a lobby, dining, and fitness areas as well as community and administrative spaces. Ample storage and surface parking are also available.

The hotel could be redeveloped with approximately 75-100 residential units, depending on layout, unit mix, and market requirements.

Potential residential configurations include studios as well as one-, two- and three-bedroom units.

55+ senior housing is a potential target market, among others.

Screenshot: Loop.net

The 4.5-acre site has undeveloped land available for expansion as well as for a parking structure.

In 2018, SJO reported that a senior residential health care facility was proposed for the closed hotel.

On October 16, 2020, we reached out to Runnemede Borough Clerk, Joyce Pinto, to ask about what happened to the project and Ms. Pinto responded via email: “It fell through.”

To view a video and 3D photo gallery of the property, click the listing link here and navigate to “Virtual Tour.”

Above and below images are screenshots taken from the Loop.net listing

Post updated on Nov. 28. 2020 at 10:30 a.m.

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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.

Click to enlarge:

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:

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Bellmawr, Mt. Ephraim, Brooklawn Among 2019 Clean Community Grant Recipients

The Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) is awarding $21.5 million in annual Clean Communities grants to help municipalities and counties conduct litter cleanups that improve the quality of life in New Jersey’s communities, Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe announced on May 23, 2019.

The DEP is awarding $19.1 million to eligible municipalities and $2.4 million to the state’s 21 counties. This is a $2.2 million increase from last year, as the result of an increase in revenues. The program is funded by a legislated user-fee on manufacturers, wholesalers and distributors that produce litter-generating products.

Area Municipal Awards & Amounts:

  • Bellmawr $25,153.78
  • Brooklawn $4,192.59
  • Gloucester City $23,191.13
  • Mt. Ephraim $10,099.75
  • Runnemede $18,263.33
  • Westville $9,614.93

“In addition to being unsightly, litter can have detrimental impacts on water quality, wildlife and natural habitats,” Commissioner McCabe said. “Clean Communities grants provide a vital source of funding for New Jersey’s municipalities and counties. They fund cleanups, many along roadsides and around stormwater collection systems, that will protect water quality and natural resources, improving the quality of life in our communities.”

The nonprofit New Jersey Clean Communities Council oversees the reporting requirements for the program. Disbursements are based on housing units and miles of municipally owned roadways.

“Municipalities and counties are strongly encouraged to use these grants to pay for volunteer and paid cleanups, badly-needed equipment purchases, enforcement activities and education,” said Sandy Huber, Executive Director of New Jersey Clean Communities Council. “We are grateful for funding that helps keep New Jersey clean. We are proud to serve as an educational resource for communities, as we drive many of our campaigns to engage the younger generations to help mold positive, long-term behaviors toward discarding litter.”

An example of the strength of the Clean Communities program is Morris County, where education and outreach programs reach thousands of people at schools, libraries, fairs and festivals.

Cleanup efforts targeted 127 miles of county roads and some 1,350 students and staff removed litter from more than 100 acres of public-school properties last year. In addition, the county’s Mosquito Control Division removed 1,039 tires this year.

Municipalities receiving the largest grants this year are: Newark, Essex County, $448,791; Jersey City, Hudson County, $414,401; Toms River, Ocean County, $232,913; Paterson, Passaic County, $200,796; Hamilton, Mercer County, $197,512; Elizabeth, Union County, $184,838; Edison, Middlesex County, $185,575; Woodbridge, Middlesex County, $182,134; Brick, Ocean County, $176,879; Middletown, Monmouth County, $160,009; Cherry Hill, Camden County, $157,342; Trenton, Mercer County, $147,974; Vineland, Cumberland County, $139,021; Clifton, Passaic County, $143,829; Franklin, Somerset County, $136,273; Berkeley, Ocean County, $136,028; and Camden, Camden County, $131,661.

Also, Gloucester Township, Camden County, $129,384; Lakewood, Ocean County, $124,763; Old Bridge, Middlesex County, $124,553; Howell, Monmouth County, $122,124; Jackson, Ocean County, $119,496; Parsippany-Troy Hills, Morris County, $115,736; East Orange, Essex County, $114,950; Manchester, Ocean County, $114,851; Wayne, Passaic County, $111,906; Bayonne, Hudson County, $110,204; Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, $108,253; Bridgewater, Somerset County, $103,948; Piscataway, Middlesex County, $103,640; East Brunswick, Middlesex County, $102,200; and Evesham, Burlington County, $101,826.

Counties receiving the largest grants are: Ocean, $218,091; Cumberland, $191,126; Burlington, $179,004; Bergen, $156,516; Gloucester, $146,629; Camden, $140,475; Monmouth, $134,389; Atlantic, $131,911; Salem, $127,248; Middlesex, $111,336; Sussex, $111,068; and Morris, $101,199.

Litter comes from a variety of sources, such as pedestrians, motorists, overflowing household garbage, construction sites and uncovered trucks. Litter is often blown by the wind until it is trapped somewhere, such as along a fence, or in a ditch or gully. People tend to litter when an area is already littered, and when they lack a sense of ownership or pride in their community.

Activities funded by Clean Communities grants include cleanups of stormwater systems that can disperse trash into streams, rivers and bays; volunteer cleanups of public properties; adoption and enforcement of local anti-littering ordinances; beach cleanups; public information and education programs; and purchases of litter collection equipment such as receptacles, recycling bins, anti-litter signs and graffiti removal supplies.

For a complete list of municipal and county grant awards, click the image below.

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Runnemede Land Use Board Holding Public Hearing on Feb. 13 to Investigate Whether Certain Properties Qualify as “Area in Need of Redevelopment”

The Borough of Runnemede will be conducting a Public Hearing on Wednesday, February 13, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. for the purposes of investigating and determining whether certain properties within the Borough qualify as an “area in need of redevelopment.”

According to a Legal Notice that was published on January 25, 2019, the Runnemede Land Use Board is conducting the hearing in accordance with the New Jersey Local Redevelopment and Housing Law.

The Redevelopment Study Area is generally located along Black Horse Pike, bounded by Clements Bridge Road and the New Jersey Turnpike. (Blocks 40-52, 32-39, 21-23, 25, 27-29.)

A map depicting the properties which is the subject of the Land Use Board’s redevelopment area investigation is available for public inspection during regular business hours at the office of the Borough of Runnemede Clerk located at 24 N. Black Horse Pike.

During the Public Hearing, the Land Use Board will hear any persons who are in attendance who are interested in or would be affected by a determination that the above-mentioned property is a redevelopment area.

A map and report has been prepared by the Borough of Runnemede’s Land Use Board’s Professional Planner, of Bach Associates, P.C. and will be submitted to the Board and on file with the Borough of Runnemede Clerk’s Office ten days prior to the hearing for any interested members of the public for review and consideration at the hearing.

At the conclusion of the hearing and after listening to the testimony of the Planner and members of the public, the Land Use Board will determine whether or not the above referenced property is in need of redevelopment.

The Legal Notice states: “The Governing body of the Borough of Runnemede has determined that it will not use its eminent domain powers for the proposed redevelopment area and that the proposed redevelopment area shall be a “non-condemnation redevelopment area.”

A Resolution finding that the properties are or are not in need of non-condemnation redevelopment will be forwarded to the Governing Body for consideration.

The Legal Notice contained the following specific information with respect to a February, 2008 New Jersey Superior Court Appellate Division decision (Harrison Redevelopment Agency v. Anthony J. DeRose) advising that the Land Use Board or Governing Body notify the public and affected owners of the following facts:

  1. A finding that these properties are in need of redevelopment by the Land Use Board and if officially designated as such by the Governing Body, is a finding of public purpose, however, the governing body has determined that it will not use its eminent domain powers and the proposed redevelopment area shall be a “non-condemnation redevelopment area”.
  2. Affected property owners, shall have 45 days from the date of determination that a property is in need of redevelopment to challenge the redevelopment designation, if so desired.

Prior to the public hearing, questions or comments may be directed to the person listed below during normal business hours.

Land Use Board Secretary, Joyce Pinto
Borough of Runnemede Municipal Building
24 N. Black Horse Pike
Runnemede NJ 08078
(856) 939-5161

(Source: NJ Public Notices.com)