How high can Mo go? Township allows downtown developer to conduct soil tests

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – At this time it’s not known how high Capodagli Property Management Group can build their future apartment complexes in Downtown Toms River on publicly owned land. In initial concept plans delivered to the township early on, Capodagli’s renderings showed 7 and 8 story hi-rises to be built on the two township owned parking lots near the intersection of Irons Street and Water Street.

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Those parking lots, owned by the township were the subject of two resolutions approved by the township council to allow the developer access to perform core drillings and to test soil compaction to see how much weight the land along the Toms River can sustain.

RESOLUTION of the Township Council of the Township of Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey, authorizing the execution of a site access agreement with Capodagli Property Company, LLC, with respect to certain township-owned property within the Robbins Parkway Redevelopment Area. U.

RESOLUTION of the Township Council of the Township of Toms River, Ocean County, New Jersey, authorizing the execution of a site access agreement with Capodagli Property Company, LLC, with respect to certain township-owned property within the Phase 1 Downtowns Waterfront Redevelopment Area.

Resolutions passed Tuesday night by the Toms River Township Council

The developer needs to have the ability to perform test borings to see how high they can be built, township officials said at Tuesday’s meeting.

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The resolutions permit the developer to have a six-month renewal to perform their tests to determine if the soil has the structural capacity.

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The measure passed by a 6-1 vote with Councilman Daniel Rodrick casting the only dissenting vote. Rodrick claimed Township Council Vice President was not being truthful with the residents of Toms River in claiming this access was just for parking garages.

Geoghegan said no plan has been submitted to the township and Rodrick corrected him.

“We were presented with a plan and they gave us a plan,” Rodrick said. “Residents do not want 500 apartments on one side and 250 apartments on the other side, that’s why I vote no.”

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Geoghegan split hairs saying, “They submitted concept plans we’ve been negotiating those concept plans ever since.”

This vote isn’t about apartment units, this vote is about access to do a site plan,” Turnbach said.

Turnbach was upset because Rodrick spoke openly about the project which is still in negotiations and should not be purview to the common residents of Toms River. Turnbach accused Rodrick of releasing classified and protected township information to the residents which is meant to be seen only by township officials.

Turnbach said the township should keep details such as the ones Rodrick divulge away from the public and to remain in executive session behind closed doors.

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Rodrick disagreed and voted no on both ordinances.

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