GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP — A partner in the Atlantic City Hard Rock casino project wants to build more than 32,000 feet of restaurant and retail space in the township.
Jack Morris, CEO of Edgewood Properties in Piscataway, will present plans Nov. 2 to the township Planning Board for a project near the Route 30 CVS store.
The development, called Nantucket Galloway, will consist of a 4,500-square-foot “first-class” restaurant, a 4,200-square-foot restaurant, a fast-food eatery and 9,200 square feet of retail space on the 100 acres of vacant land that surrounds the store, he said.
“The project will bring jobs in construction and longer-term employment opportunities in the restaurants and retail business for area residents,” Mayor Don Purdy said.
Morris is in a partnership with Joe Jingoli of Joseph Jingoli and Son to develop the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Atlantic City. The casino is expected to open in summer 2018.
“This is a great project,” Purdy said of Nantucket Galloway, estimating it could total $25 million to $30 million in costs. “This is going to be stage one of a two- to three-stage project.”
The restaurants are ready to go and a yearlong construction project could begin in the spring, Purdy said. The restaurants have not been named.
Purdy said the project already has approvals in place, but because the size of the restaurants is changing, Edgewood must go back before the Planning Board.
“This is exactly the type of project that we have been hoping for on Route 30," Purdy said. "It will provide jobs for our residents and enhance the character and economic base of our community.”
Councilman Tony Coppola Jr. said the property was previously approved for a 285-seat restaurant, 4,200-square-foot bank, 3,000-square-foot fast food restaurant and 64,000 square feet of retail space.
“We are very selective about where we chose to invest our time, efforts and resources,” Morris said. “The mayor and his team did a good job of selling us on the opportunities available in Galloway.”
Morris said he was convinced to come to Galloway because of the township’s willingness to name the area in need of redevelopment and negotiate “mutually beneficial incentives to make the project economically viable.”
The mayor said Morris will not receive any incentives until after the governing body reviews his plans.
"I'm sure we're going to enter into some kind of agreement," said Purdy.
Edgewood Properties is a 25-year-old New Jersey company that develops luxury apartments, townhomes, condos and commercial properties. The company has developments in New Jersey, California and Florida.
The Route 30 project began in 2011 when the CVS was built, but no further construction has happened, Purdy said.
Galloway declared the area that includes the CVS site in need of rehabilitation in 2013, Purdy said.
The property was previously owned by the 4 G’s of Galloway but was bought by JSM at Nantucket LLC about two years ago, Purdy said.