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A residential complex totalling 519 non-age restricted rental apartments could soon be on its way to Route 37 in Manchester Township after having just recently received key approval from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP).

After a decade of haggling over a denial and an appeal on the matter, the NJDEP has entered into a Settlement Agreement with developer Kenneth Pizzo of Presidential Gardens at Manchester LLC, that would issue a Coastal Area Facility Review Act (CAFRA) Individual Permit (Authorization) which was a key prerequisite for this project to move forward, FAA News has learned.

The complex would be located on the Southeast corner of the intersection of Route 37 and Colonial Drive, diagonally across from the Municipal Building.

The multi-family residential housing project is proposed to consist of 26 buildings providing 519 residential apartment units (largely 1- and 2-bedroom units, although to meet affordable housing regulations some units may possibly feature three bedrooms).

The complex also would feature amenities including an 1,800-square-foot clubhouse, pool, and tot-lot and recreation area, and would service renters with 1,038 parking spaces.

In lieu of multiple trash dumpsters throughout the complex, there will be two large trash compactors on site. A private hauler would remove the trash periodically, at which time management would power-wash the area. (Some tenants may need to walk up to 800 feet from their building to reach the dumpsters. The management will provide valet service for a charge for those unable or unwilling to make the walk.)

The complex would make use of existing greenery for screening, and would include utilities and stormwater management facilities.

The complex's traffic flow was designed with numerous turns and stops, specifically to discourage motorists from using the complex as a cut-through as they travel down Route 37.

The project was first presented to the Township Planning Board in 2012, represented by Attorney Harvey York, and it was at the time a conforming use application, with variances only needed on the placement of directional signs that do not comply with setback requirements.

Earlier this past July, due to the negotiations between the DEP and the developer, the Township Planning Board granted an extension to permit the developer to retain his Site Plan approval should the DEP approval be finalized.

Comments regarding the DEP settlement mat be sent to: Janet Stewart, Manager, Bureau of Coastal Permitting,at Division of Land Resource Protection, NJDEP, P.O. Box 420, Mail Code 501-02A, Trenton, NJ 08625-0420, or by email care of or the office may be reached by telephone: (609) 633-2289. Comments must be received by NJDEP by December 1, 2022.

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Anonymous said...


519 non-age restricted rental apartments with a shul all ready to go!
I say we start a new Chassidus and put the pedal to the metal, er, get the shovel in the ground!

Anonymous said...

Is there an application process/waiting list? I’ve been trying to find a good apartment in Manchester besides Suncrest Village.