Jimmy DiNatale stands at the rail spur in 2014 after he purchased the old Lenox site at Tilton Road. He now hopes to share the site with an asphalt production facility. 

Madelaine Vitale

GALLOWAY – Township Council will hold a special meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23 on a proposed redevelopment plan by the owner of the Barrette property at 545 Tilton Road.

Jimmy DiNatale, who owns the land that includes the portion leased by Barrette Outdoor Living, is seeking to create an asphalt production plant on a 7.7-acre tract at the site, Township Clerk Kelli Danieli said Monday, Feb. 13.

The proposed plant would be on property next to Barrette closest to Route 30 at Aloe Street.

DiNatale said in a phone interview that he will attend the meeting.

“Absolutely, I’ll be there. This is a 12 to 15 million dollar project. This would be another huge ratable for Galloway,” DiNatale said from his Egg Harbor Township office Tuesday.

DiNatale said residents should think positive.

“In the midst of where other parts of Atlantic County are going right now, we need more people doing stuff like this,” he said. “This would bring another 60 to 80 jobs to Galloway.”

Township redevelopment attorney James Maley of Maley & Associates in Collingswood will address questions and concerns from the Township Council and the public at the meeting.

Issues such as truck traffic and noise may come up at the meeting, specifically from residents of the Blue Heron Pines development, which is across Tilton Road from Barrette and the proposed business. 

The golf course community is primarily made up of single-family homes and The Woods apartment complex.

The project would be about 200 feet from the community. Letters were mailed out to property owners Feb. 9.

No formal action will be taken at the meeting, Danieli said.

According to the letter to homeowners, should the plan receive conceptual approval by the mayor and council, Township Planner Tiffany Cuviello would work with DiNatale to create a redevelopment plan that would be referred to the Planning Board by the governing body for review and recommendations. Then the plan would go back to council for a vote on adoption.

If the redevelopment plan is adopted, the developer would be required to obtain site plan approval, and following that there would be another public hearing.

Deputy Mayor Tony Coppola, chairman of the Economic Development Committee, urged anyone with concerns to attend the Feb. 23 meeting.

If a couple people are upset by the proposal, that is one thing, but if there are many people voicing concerns about the plan, then the Township Council would strongly take that under consideration before any approvals are granted, he said.

The site is in an industrial zone and also a redevelopment zone, which offers tax abatements and other incentives for businesses – a major reason Barrette, an Ohio-based company, decided to select the spot.

DiNatale said he worked hard to get the approvals needed to begin the process of establishing the asphalt plant. He received Pinelands approval in May 2016 and state Department of Environmental Protection approval in July 2016.

Material would come in by rail and go out by truck via Aloe Street only, along a portion of the roadway that does not have any homes, DiNatale said.

“It won’t come out on Tilton Road at all,” DiNatale said. “Everything produced would be produced on site and leave off Aloe Street.”

DiNatale purchased the property in 2014, leasing the space at the former Lenox plant to Barrette, which operates a 400,000-square-foot manufacturing and distribution center for aluminum and vinyl fencing and railings that employs about 250 people.

He said the project – from cleaning up the Lenox site and making it suitable for a business to getting a proposal together to create another use at the site – has taken a lot of hard work and time.

“He is on the right track,” Coppola said. “We want to see jobs and see taxes go down. We are pushing commercial ratables in a sensible way. I feel pretty confident that this project would not adversely impact the residents.”

Email Madelaine Vitale at mvitale@catamaranmedia.com.