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Former Automobile Dealership to Upscale Living Community

06 Sep 2018 9:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

Former automobile dealership prior to redevelopment.The project is located at1301 Wall Street West in Lyndhurst,NJ.  The 5.83 acre site, known as Block 228,Lot3 was the site of the former DeMassi Cadillac automobile dealership which operated at the site until about 1991.  The site was vacant from 1993 until redevelopment started in 2005.  During that 12-year timeframe the underutilized property deteriorated and was perceived by the community as a social and economic blight.

The site is located within the jurisdiction of the New Jersey Meadowlands Commission, which has three specific mandates including to 1) oversee growth and development within the region, 2) protect the delicate balance of nature in this environmentally sensitive area, and 3) continue to use the Meadowlands to meet the region’s solid waste disposal needs.  Redevelopment of this underutilized site was supported by Township of Lyndhurst officials in part because of additional tax revenue it would bring to Lyndhurst and because it would enhance the area from an aesthetic, environmental, and business development standpoint.

Due diligence sampling at the site, specifically in the automobile service area identified soil contamination near the hydraulic lifts as well as adjacent to trench and floor drains related to its former use.  Upon identification of the contamination, AvalonBay Communities, Inc. (AvalonBay) submitted a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) and entered into the voluntary Cleanup Program as the developer of the property. 

Former automobile dealership redeveloped into upscale living community.Upon demolition of the dealership building, remediation of impacted soils was conducted in the former service area by removal of the concrete slab and excavation of impacted soils.  Post excavation soil sampling verified removal of impacted soils above the applicable criteria.  After excavation, the impacted soils were transported to aNew Jerseylicensed soil recycling facility for thermal treatment.  Remediation costs amounted to approximately $ 325,000 however; the Brownfield Reimbursement Program was utilized at the site to help off-set the cost for remediation.  On July 8, 2009 the site received a No Further Action determination for soils from the NJDEP.

Redevelopment of this property involved people from various organizations including:

  • AvalonBay’s Development Team, specifically Ronald S. Ladell, Vice President and Jon Vogel, Senior Development Director;
  • AvalonBay’s environmental consultant EcolSciences, Inc., specifically Kenneth Paul, Executive Vice President and William S. Pendexter, Ph.D. Senior Hydrogeologist;
  • AvalonBay’s Attorney, Andrew Robbins, Esq. of Giordano Halleran & Ciesla;
  • NJDEP Case Managers Jamie Camargo and Ellen Hutchinson; and
  • Bob Ceberio and his staff at the NJ Meadowlands Commission.

The redevelopment of this property, which cost approximately $60 million, has transformed a blighted site to an attractive apartment complex with 328 one and two-bedroom apartments, a few short minutes away from New Jersey’s premier sports and entertainment center including Giants Stadium, the Izod Center, Xanadu, and Meadowlands Racetrack.  Manhattan and all its attractions are also easily accessed from Avalon Lyndhurst.

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