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.

Hooper Caudina Redevelopment Model - Facing North

Hooper Caudina Redevelopment Model v2

Hooper-Caudina Redevelopment Plan ADOPTED 2-26-19


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.

 Waterfront Phase 1 Redevelopment Plan 10-06-17

Water Street Waterfront Redevelopment Phase 1 Plan V1 Model

Transit Village Model Rendering

Please Click Here for a Video on Downtown Toms River Waterfront Redevelopment - Phase 1 Model w Transit Village




Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan
The redevelopment plan (Plan) for the Downtown Core Rehabilitation Area advances the goal of revitalizing Downtown Toms River into a true center for Toms River Township that builds on its inherent historic and riverfront character.    
The purpose of the Redevelopment Plan is to serve as the principal tool to guide the revitalization of the Downtown Core Rehabilitation  Area.  The Downtown Core Rehabilitation Area will be reinforced as a compact community of higher density housing types in new or rehabilitated/expanded buildings with ground level retail or office uses, where appropriate, and within walking distance of employment and services, bus routes, recreation spaces, and civic uses The infill redevelopment and rehabilitation of the Downtown Core is appropriate for the community and essential to making Toms River’s downtown a true 24/7 center for cultural and heritage tourism, entertainment, employment and  mixed-use neighborhoods.  The Plan identifies three surface lots, two that are publicly owned and one that is privately owned, that would supplement the supply of public parking and serve as a catalyst for economic investment in the construction or expansion of properties in the area.
The Rehabilitation Area that led to the development of this Redevelopment Plan includes the properties between Route 37 and Huddy Park and Robbins Parkway, south of Water Street and between Main Street and Hooper Avenue. 

Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan Adopted 2-26-19

Downtown Core - Toms River

Downtown Core Redevelopment Plan Model - Facing North




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Post Office Box 728,
Toms River, New Jersey 08754-0728
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33 Washington Street
Toms River, New Jersey 08753