Stafford Park


209 Stafford Park Blvd (and others), Manahawkin, New Jersey

Not only did the project successfully manage environmental issues associated with two landfills, but the redevelopment involved several environmental aspects including LEED certification for several commercial buildings and an affordable residential apartment complex, sustainable energy components with solar, wind, and geothermal power, preserved lands through the use of a development credit program, created a "plant and animal species management plan," and managed stormwater by using it for irrigating the landscape. Clearly, the redevelopment of the landfills alone typifies the sustainable nature of brownfield redevelopment but this project went much further with the numerous other sustainable efforts that set it apart from other applications in the environmental category.

Dave Misky
Assistant Executive Director Redevelopment Authority of the City of Milwaukee

1. Please provide a brief overview of the project


Goal of Project:To environmentally cap and close a 55 acre licensed municipal landfill, eliminate a smaller 25 acre unlicensed landfill with zero taxpayer dollars, demolish and relocate dilapidated facilities constructed on top of waste, protect rare plant and animal species, preserve 560 acres of additional land, utilize sustainable, green building practices in redeveloping the site, and pursue all available renewable energy opportunities.

Location of Site: Stafford Township, New Jersey
Specifically, the southwest corner of the intersection of the Garden State Parkway (at Exit 63) and NJ Route 72.  Located within the Regional Growth Area of the New Jersey Pinelands Region

Size of Site: 370 acres

Former use of site: The site was home to two separate landfills and a host of dilapidated, under-performing uses.  Those buildings included a County Resource Building, County Recycling Transfer Station, County Road Department, County Animal Shelter, a private office building leased by County Social Services, County Composting Facility and a Township Resident Recycling Drop-off area.  Prior to redevelopment Stafford Township collected approximately $10,000 in property taxes each year.  In addition to the above, the site was home to illegal dumping and off-road vehicle use.

Actual End Use of Site: At full build out Stafford Park will feature up to 650,000 square feet of retail space, 565 residential units (216 apartments, 349 single family homes), and 112 affordable apartments.  The project, as defined for this application, contains nearly 400,000 square feet of retail and 112 affordable apartments units.  The above development plan is required to obtain at least basic LEED Certification.  To date, all retail uses have achieved at least LEED Silver Certification.  That includes Target, Costco, Dick's Sporting Goods, Best Buy, PetSmart, and The Vitamin Shoppe. The affordable apartment component achieved LEED Gold Certification making it the first of its kind in the state.  Each of the outdated County uses (described above) have been replaced with new, state-of-the-art facilities within Stafford Park.  The capped and closed landfill at Stafford Park will create 6.5 MW of energy through the deployment of photovoltaics (solar panels).  In addition, four 1.5 MW wind turbines will be erected around the landfill.  Energy harnessed from these two sources will be combined with geothermal at the 216 apartments.  The goal is to create a zero carbon footprint apartment community.  From a fiscal standpoint, the project will contribute about $1.7 million in tax revenue to the municipality and approximately $1.5 million to the school districts at full build out.

Date of Completion:
  • New/Relocated County Facilities - August 2008
  • Remediation Phase - June 18, 2009 Landfill Closure As-built certification approval
  • Phase 1A Commercial (Target Store) - July 2008
  • Phase 1B Commercial (Best Buy, Dick's Sporting Goods, PetSmart) - September 2008
  • Phase 2 Commercial (Costco) -  May 2008
  • Phase 1B Pad (Vitamin Shoppe) -  December 2009
  • Affordable Housing Phase (112 units) - October 2009

Company:
The Walters Group,
100 Centre Blvd, Marlton, New Jersey

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