EGG HARBOR CITY — A new housing development that came to a stop with the death of the initial builder several years ago has been revived.
The Neighborhoods of Cedar Creek, which was connected to Brad Haber, who died in 2014, is being developed under a new name, Cedar Creek Estates, by a new builder, Jim Cox, owner of JC Custom Homes LLC of Galloway Township.
A groundbreaking for the property was held Saturday afternoon off Liverpool Avenue.
“Jim has a stellar reputation as a builder throughout Atlantic County, and we could not be more proud that he has taken on this project," said Mayor Lisa Jiampetti.
"Jim is not just a builder. He is a visionary, and he shares our vision of making Egg Harbor City the best place to live in Atlantic County,” she said.
Kimberly Donahue, an associate broker with Berkshire Hathaway Home Services Diversified Realty, said 22 houses will be built, and two of them are already under construction.
The custom homes will be built on 75- by 150-foot lots, have 2,035 square feet of living space, and sell for $199,000, Donahue said.
Each home will have four bedrooms, two and a half bathrooms, 9-foot ceilings on the first floor, a full basement and a two-car attached garage, Donahue said. The properties come with a five-year tax abatement, she noted.
“The home can be built in four months from contract to completion,” she said.
Cox, 67, of Galloway Township, started off as a commercial builder whose projects include Reeds Bay Plaza and Days of Olde Antiques & Collectibles, both in Galloway.
He started doing residential projects less than four years ago. His company is behind Homestead Estates in Galloway. There are only three lots there available to buy out of 15, he said.
Cox said he originally met with the Egg Harbor City Council in August 2016. His architect, Harry S. Harper, told him about the possibility of doing the Cedar Creek Estates project.
“Little houses are easy to do,” said Cox, adding that electricians and other contractors who worked with him previously will do this job. “This will be a fun little project.”