Engineering & Community Development
Hooper-Caudina Redevelopment Plan
The Redevelopment Area consists of 258 undersized (20’x100’) tax lots and seven paper streets in a mostly wooded portion of Toms River to the east of the Hooper Avenue, south of Caudina Avenue and north of the office complex that includes various offices of the County of Ocean. The total area is approximately 22 acres. The Redevelopment Area is predominantly wooded, but includes the fire substation of Toms River Fire Company No. 2, which owns all of Block 607.
Many of the undersized lots were acquired under the same ownership with other lots by a single property owner. However, no one entity has been able to assemble the entire 22 acre area and the Township remains the owner of the paper streets and one entire block (592) of undersized lots.
The goal of the Hooper-Caudina Redevelopment Plan is to promote the development of a campus for a new VA clinic for Ocean County, situated with convenient access to related services for veterans and the public at large. The relocation of the post office to the same campus and the connection of the campus with the adjacent office park where the County is planning on building new office facilities to house several County departments, including the Office of Veterans Affairs, will address multiple needs for veterans in a single destination. The redevelopment area would be connected to Seacourt Pavilion and the approved multifamily development adjacent to the Redevelopment Area will include affordable units for which veterans preference can be offered.
The redevelopment of the Hooper-Caudina Redevelopment Area is to be guided by the following objectives:
1. Provide health services and create new employment with convenient access to a mix of residential, business retail commercial and entertainment uses;
2. Encourage development that will help promote interconnected uses;
3. Ensure that all buildings are consistent with and enhanced by high-quality streetscape amenities;
4. Enable major new facilities to reenergize existing retail centers along the Hooper Avenue corridor and support the economic viability of the Ocean County Mall.
Phase 1 Waterfront Redevelopment Plan
The redevelopment of the blocks within the Phase 1 portion of the Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Area with residential units above retail services within walking distance to the Toms River Bus Depot and the existing Downtown Core is appropriate for the community and essential to making Toms River’s downtown a true 24/7 center. It would serve as a catalyst for additional rehabilitative efforts within Downtown, including Block 658.01, which was added to the Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Area to enable a direct pedestrian connection to the Downtown Core from Iron Street.
The Toms River Township 2017 Master Plan and the incorporated Downtown Master Plan support the concepts of sustainable design as a response to combating suburban sprawl and reducing the Township’s “carbon footprint”. Because of the significance of the Downtown Waterfront Redevelopment Area as part of the historic center of Toms River Township, this redevelopment plan leans on the LEED for Neighborhood Development (LEED ND) rating system as a guide for design standards that will promote sustainable design of the Phase 1 area.
The Plan begins with what will be developed along the south side of Water Street between Highland Parkway and Main Street and extends up Irons Street where Washington Avenue is envisioned to extend as a retail lined pedestrian walkway to connect the current Downtown Core to a new redevelopment parcel consisting of the two parking lots on the west side of Irons Street. This approach fits perfectly within the objectives of the various Prerequisites and Credits of LEED ND and ensures that the redevelopment will produce valuable positive ratables for the Township, serve as a catalyst for economic investment in other properties in the area.
The Phase 1 Waterfront Redevelopment Plan was introduced by ordinance of the Township Council on November 27 and is expected to be reviewed by the Planning Board at their meeting of December 20th at 6PM. The public hearing on the Plan is expected to be held by Township Council on December 26 at 5PM.
REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS – PHASE 1 SURFACE PARKING LOTS – RESPONSE TO QUESTIONS & SUPPLEMENTAL INFORMATION