Toms River extends the deadline for hi-rise developer to build more downtown apartments

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TOMS RIVER, NJ – With no solid plan on the table to build more hi-rise apartment complexes in Downtown Toms River, the township council voted to extend the timetable for the Capodaglia Property Company to make a decision.

Township planner Dave Roberts said the town is in talks with Capodaglia who has already been approved to build two ten-story apartment towers in a parking lot currently owned by the township.

Roberts said the town has received several concept ideas to allow Capodaglia to build more apartments on a township-owned property on Irons Street. He also noted that the town may in the future seek to demolish a building on Main Street that would allow for foot traffic between Washington Street and the new project on Irons Street.

Roberts said while no firm commitment has been made, a township set expiration is nearing and in order for the Capodaglia project to continue, the council needs to grant an additional six-month extension.

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The council voted to approve the six-month extension with Councilman Daniel Rodrick being the lone no vote along with outgoing Democrat Terrance Turnbach.

“Time and time again, we’re told no apartments, but here we are again, apartments,” Rodrick said. “The people of Toms River want businesses downtown not apartments.”

The township has already approved the two ten-story tower project named Merida Waterside Toms River.