Superdome sports complex plan gets Brick board's approval
BRICK - A plan to build a massive sports complex and retail shops on a long-vacant section of Route 70 passed another hurdle on Wednesday when the Brick Planning Board approved subdividing the property.Two companies, HFZ Superdome of New York City and M&M at Route 70 of Piscataway, asked the Planning Board to split the 10.9-acre parcel. The companies will develop what is currently an empty parking lot — once the site of a Foodtown supermarket — and construct a 75,000-square-foot sports complex, a 96-seat restaurant and retail stores.Attorney John Jackson, who represents HFZ, said the proposal was "a great opportunity for the town" and an amenity that would benefit all the residents.HFZ is seeking to build the sports complex, which would include indoor climate-controlled basketball courts and turf field for year-round football, soccer or lacrosse. The company is also proposing constructing rooms for fitness classes, ballet studio, space for physical therapy, party rooms and other recreation.Outside the dome would be a turf area, walking path and two beach volleyball courts.
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"I know the need (for recreation) to keep kids happy," Superdome owner Peter Tasca told the Planning Board. Tasca is a retired physical education teacher who runs a similar superdome facility in Waldwick, Bergen County."Our (proposed) site (in Brick) is modeled after a very successful operation," said Jackson, Tasca's attorney.Under the proposal, HFZ would take about half the property for the superdome and related sports buildings while M&M would develop the parcel along Route 70. That property would hold a restaurant and two buildings containing nearly 30,000 square feet of new retail space.Brick: Elementary school evacuated over carbon monoxide alertThe Planning Board voted unanimously to give preliminary approval to the plan and allow the property's subdivision.Before construction can begin, Brick Township officials must complete sale of the property for $5 million to M&M, under terms agreed to in 2017. Brick Township purchased the land in 2003 for more than $6 million to stop the construction of a home improvement store.Mayor John G. Ducey said earlier this week that the town needed the site back on the tax rolls.
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