Safe Harbor Construction Group Opens to Fanfare at Site of Former Gas Station

May 31, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson Robert and Shannon Perotti outside their new Safe Harbor Construction Inc. headquarters that they built on the site of an abandoned gas station on Tuckerton's Main Street.

Robert Perotti and his wife Shannon, owners of Safe Harbor Construction Group at 7 East Main St. in Tuckerton, held a grand opening on Saturday and invited the townsfolk to the ribbon cutting.

The distinctive and attractive building sports a small lighthouse cupola that serves to punctuate the cupola on the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse at the Tuckerton Seaport just steps away.

It wasn’t always such a lovely view. The site was formerly an abandoned gas station and, by all accounts, an eyesore.

“We’re excited to be part of the renaissance of Tuckerton, Little Egg Harbor and Southern Ocean County,” said client specialist and business developer Kim Scott Heinle.

In the audience were Tuckerton Mayor Sue Marshall; Tuckerton Council President Sam Colangelo; Tuckerton Councilwoman and Economic Development liaison Doris Mathisen; Tim Hart, member of the Economic Development Committee; Andy Jackson, American Legion Post 493 Commander, also from the Tuckerton Beach Association. From neighboring Little Egg Harbor were Little Egg Harbor Deputy Mayor Barbara Jo Crea, LEH Committeeman Dave Schlick and LEH Committeewoman Lisa Stevens.

Perotti said he had a vision for the building that had sat empty and forlorn on the banks of Tuckerton’s Lake Pohatcong for about 27 years. Now that it is finished, “We’ve received a lot of positive feedback. We’ve realized that vision and hopefully, our role in the community will evolve,” said Perotti. “Now that we have a foothold in the borough, we want to make sure we give back. That’s a recipe for a successful partnership in any community,” he said.

And the Perotti family business has put that in writing. Safe Harbor Construction is donating $100 from all sales agreements over $5,000 made through June 30 to the American Legion and VFW posts for veteran charity programs. They will donate $100 to the Tuckerton Seaport’s Community Garden and in turn the Tuckerton Food Pantry for every floating dock sold in 2017.

They also offer these grand opening sales promotions through June 30: a chance to win a floating dock; drawings for a service or gift from other local businesses; for new customers, a 5 percent discount on all docks or remodeling projects over $2,500; and $5,000 of free upgrades on standard features for all new home or renovation projects in the 08087, 08008 and 08050 ZIP code areas.

Commercial project manager Matt Scoppetta from Bishop & Smith Architects designed the two-story building with a rooftop area and lighthouse tower from a basic square gas station. It wasn’t an easy task, said Perotti. “He has taken a sow’s ear and turned it into a silk purse,” said Perotti. The construction crew also “slaved hours on this building.”

“It’s wonderful to see a successful business come into town,” said Marshall. “It was little less than a year ago that you started,” she told Perotti. “I can’t thank you enough for doing such a classy job.”

Marshall noted that a second gas station across Route 9 at the far end of the lake has also been redesigned and now houses Laney’s HVAC. “We’ll continue to support these improvements as do our neighbors in Little Egg Harbor,” said Marshall. “Our towns are one in that when businesses succeed, it is good for both of us, and when businesses leave, it hurts both of us because we shop in both towns.”

Crea also congratulated the Perotti family. “As cars go by you can hear people say, ‘yeah,’ ‘all right,’ ‘it’s beautiful!’”

Heinle conducted a tour of the building by taking visitors first up the stairwell to the top to see the view. The winding stair is crafted with reclaimed beams and custom steel-fabricated railings. The steps are ebony-stained oak. Lighting fixtures are reminiscent of candle lighting. Where he could he used recycled wood, including kiln-dried wood pallets for a wood wall detail in the conference room and the rustic soffits for the overhang outside. The attention to detail was paramount because Perotti wants his business to showcase the work he does for his customers.

All his buildings are stick-built – that is to say, nothing is a modular. In the front showroom are the products that come standard with his homes: Kohler products for the kitchen and bath, Anderson Windows and CertainTeed siding are three examples. “We had to go to Minnesota to become certified Andersen window installers, in addition to our many other product installer certifications,” said Perotti. “It was worth it.”

Besides designing and building new homes perfect for shore living, Safe Harbor Construction Group does renovations, custom decks and floating docks, working on jobs from Brick and Toms River, Long Beach Island and south to Ocean City, Stone Harbor and Avalon, but the home base for all operations is in Tuckerton. The company can be reached at 609-812-5665.

Pat Johnson

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