Little Egg Harbor Planning Board Approves Two New Projects

Aug 08, 2018
Photo by: Pat Johnson AtlantiCare Medical Care Center will renovate the second part of the former Pathway Grocery Store next to the Dollar General in the Great Bay Plaza with a new facade and interior. The facade facing Mathistown Road.

The Little Egg Harbor Planning Board adopted two resolutions approving two new construction projects:. One is an assisted living facility with a medical arts building for Ninth Avenue off Route 539; the other is an AtlantiCare health care facility in the Great Bay Plaza on Mathistown Road.

In phase one of its project, Sycamore Assisted Living at Little Egg Harbor proposes to build a two-story, 110-unit health care facility that will include a senior medical daycare, 72 units of assisted living and 38 units for memory care patients. In phase two it will add 8,632 square feet of medical office space.

The applicant, principal Bruno Duva of Signature Ninth Avenue, Totowa, N.J., stated this project is affiliated with the existing Mystic Meadows Assisted Living Facility and will share delivery and garbage disposal schedules. The project includes 180 parking spaces and is applying for a Coastal Area Facilities Review Act permit from the state Department of Environmental Protection, required of all projects with more than 50 parking spaces within the coastal zone (generally east of the Garden State Parkway).

The applicant is proposing to widen Ninth Avenue to add dedicated left and right turning lanes; Township Engineer Jason Worth suggested an application to the NJDOT to add a traffic light at the intersection with Route 539. The George J. Mitchell Elementary School buses use Ninth Avenue to enter and leave the school.

AtlantiCare health care facility is utilizing 6,231 square feet of empty commercial space in the Great Bay Plaza on the corner of Mathistown Road and Center Street. The space was once a grocery store. The new facility will face Mathistown and add 36 parking spaces. The interior will be reconstructed, and a new façade includes a window tower.

Applicant Mystic Investor Associates LLC, whose office is located in Freehold, requested that it be granted waivers from stormwater management, a traffic impact study, environmental assessment and landscaping since it is utilizing an existing building. It will provide curbing and a pedestrian crosswalk.

The waivers were granted. Both plans had received planning board approval at the board’s June 7 meeting.

Also during that meeting, two townhouse projects for Sea Oaks approved in 2015 were granted a second one-year extension on their approved applications. Sea Oaks is approved for 29 age-restricted townhouses, and Thomas Whelan has approval for 16 units. Both are east of Golf View Drive and Clubhouse Drive.

— Pat Johnson

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