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Developer To Begin Environmental Study Of Vacant Oceanport Property This Summer

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OCEANPORT: The owner of a long-vacant piece of property on Port Au Peck Avenue will begin an environmental analysis of the land this summer.

Dominick Mazza, Jr. was at the meeting on behalf of his father and uncle who own the property at 275 Port Au Peck Ave. was at the May 4 meeting of the Oceanport Council and briefed the governing body and public on the plans.

In late July, test pits will be dug on the site to see what type of contamination on the site. In 2010 the Mazza family began to remediate the property in hopes of building townhomes on the site. However, during the remediation, non-friable asbestos tiles were found in the debris buried on site.

The test pits will determine the depth and type of debris in the ground; a process that will be performed under the the authority of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

Once the process begins in July, the test pits will be dug during the day and will be covered back up at night and the amount of dust generated will try to be kept at a minimum. The testing will likely take place over the course of one week.

Councilman Joseph Irace asked the developers if they knew what they would like to ultimately build on the site.

"We have to find out what comes up here first and what areas are impacted," Mazza said.

In 2016, a plan was presented to build an equestrian facility at the site, but a month later, it was withdrawn.

Some residents who live near the property complained that they did not get a chance to ask the developer questions during the meeting. Mayor Jay Coffey said he will ask them to come back to a future meeting, but reminded the residents that the Mazzas are obligated to hold any type of public hearing.

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