Barnegat 67 Development Moving Ahead

Feb 21, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

Barnegat 67, a development formerly known as Barnegat Crossings, is taking shape at its Lighthouse Drive location in Barnegat Township, with its owner indicating part of the 15-acre, mixed retail/residential site could be open by the end of the year.

When ground was broken in 2014, the developer was Cardinale Enterprises. Two years ago, it was sold to Extell Development of Lakewood. Moshe Botnick, an Extell assistant vice president, said Barnegat 67 will have more than 100,000 square feet of commercial space available as well as 151 age-restricted apartments that will be constructed three stories above the first-floor commercial units.

Botnick said the development will have more than 20 business tenants, including Planet Fitness, Dollar Tree, Next Generation, Dunkin Donuts, Atlanticare, BSR Physical Therapy and Pan Asia. The project gets his name from its proximity to Barnegat Exit 67 of the Garden State Parkway.

“The current building under construction should be ready by the end of 2018,” he said. “We’re hoping that the other building going up will be ready by the summer of 2019.”

“It looks like a phenomenal project,” said Barnegat Township Committeeman John Novak. “It will provide commercial opportunity and convenience for residents, without being a traffic generator. It’s a win-win. The township gets a ratable and we bring jobs into town.”

Township Administrator Martin Lisella said that in order to make a commercial development viable with financial lending institutions, there must be a residential component.

“All (recent) developers who have approached the township for a proposed commercial development have incorporated a residential element in their plans,” he said. “Under current economic conditions, there must be a willingness to permit the mixed use of commercial sites. Barnegat has to adjust to these trends.”

Originally, the development was going to have two floors of residential space.

“But then they came back and requested an additional floor,” said Township Engineer John Hess. “By adding the other floor, the developer said he will be able to offer more space and something more appealing on the market.”

—Eric Englund

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