New shopping center in Egg Harbor Twp. gets preliminary approval

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Former trailer park slated to become large shopping center at corner of Ocean Heights and English Creek Avenues

EGG HARBOR TOWNSHIP – A new 226,470-square-foot shopping center was granted preliminary approval from the Egg Harbor Township Planning Board Wednesday, July 31. The project is slated for the site of the former Ocean Heights Trailer Park at the corner of English Creek and Ocean Heights avenues.

Called Crossings Center, the project is being prepared by Brangan Group LLC. It calls for a bank, storefronts, restaurants and large retail parcels on the 28.2 acres parcel. 

“Rumor has it that ShopRite may be looking at this location,” said Mayor James “Sonny” McCullough, who said the project would be great for the township.

“A lot of people complained that the trailer park was always a big problem and an eyesore. It was always our worst trailer park,” he said, noting the Zoning Board previously approved the transfer of the 92 remaining mobile home licenses in the park to Oak Forest mobile home park owned by Ralph Clayton located further down Ocean Heights Avenue to relocate the tenants of the park.

A remaining single-family home located on the property seemingly would be torn down to make way for the stores, according to the plans.

 McCullough also said the commercial space would generate “substantially more taxes for the township.” Mobile home residents do not pay real estate taxes, he explained. The owner of the parks pay taxes on the land value and the residents pay a service fee to the owner. 
A shopping center is a permitted use on the site, zoned for neighborhood business. The township code allows for shopping centers, commercial uses, supermarkets, restaurants, fast food establishments, delicatessens, bakeries and liquor stores. Three acres is the minimum for such a project.

 The site plan calls for several buildings to front the main roadways: a 4,099 square-foot bank, a 7,500 square-foot restaurant and 13,013 square feet in retail facing English Creek Avenue and a 4,000 square-foot and a 9,000 square-foot restaurant facing Ocean Heights Avenue. Inside the parcel there is 79,058 square feet of retail in a cluster along with adjacent space for two more 1,600 square-foot restaurants and 9,600 square feet of additional retail, which all which would face English Creek Avenue. Facing Ocean Heights inside the parcel will be a spot for a 50,000 square foot retail operation and an additional 17,000 square foot retail business. Parking is scattered throughout, along with retention basins.

 There are six entrances, including one that lines up with where Mill Road terminates into Ocean Heights Avenue.

 The developers told the Planning Board that they intend to market the project now and were unable to provide a construction start until tenants are under lease agreements. The project still requires final approval from the Planning Board as well.

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