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Connors, Rumpf & Gove 9th District
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Contact: Jason Smith / (609) 693-6700
January 28, 2010
Connors, Rumpf & Gove Call on Turnpike Authority to Purchase Little Egg Harbor Property for Park-N-Ride

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Senator Christopher J. Connors, Assemblyman Brian E. Rumpf and Assemblywoman DiAnne C. Gove (all R-Ocean/Burl./Atl.) have formally requested that the New Jersey Turnpike Authority purchase property in Little Egg Harbor to build a park-n-ride for commuting motorists.

The property the 9th District Delegation is calling on the Turnpike Authority to acquire is located in proximity to Garden State Parkway Exit 58 off of Route 539. This same property was recently sought as a site for a solid waste transfer station, but it was announced this week that the application to build the proposed facility has been withdrawn.

In their letter to the Turnpike Authority, Senator Connors, Assemblyman Rumpf and Assemblywoman Gove made the following statements:

“Through this communication, our Delegation is requesting that the Authority move with all deliberate speed to purchase the currently available land in Little Egg Harbor (Block 65, Lot 6), located near Garden State Parkway Exit 58, for the purpose of building a park-n-ride.

“Over the past several months, representatives of the Authority, including you, have been gracious enough to meet with our Delegation on two separate occasions to discuss transportation infrastructure projects affecting our Legislative District. During both meetings, we expressed strong interest in seeing this property being developed into a park-n-ride. It appeared that the Authority would be open to purchasing the property for such a purpose, recognizing the benefits to motorists in this growing part of the state. As you are well aware, for years motorists have utilized a dirt lot located on Route 539 South in the vicinity of the Exit and the property we are requesting the Authority to acquire. This illustrates both the existing demand and immediate need for a park-n-ride with a paved lot, sufficient lighting and appropriate traffic signaling for purposes of public safety to meet motorists’ transportation needs.

“Incidentally, there have been two attempts within a five-year period to purchase and use this same property for purposes that local residents have strongly objected to, citing deep concerns over quality-of-life issues and declining property values. Several years back, certain business interests attempted to open and operate a sexually oriented business on the property. More recently, an application was submitted to build a solid waste transfer station. After vocal opposition from residents, the local governing body and our Delegation, it was recently announced that the business interests seeking to build the station had withdrawn their application. Since this offer which had been on the table for more than a year has fallen through, now would be an opportune time for the Authority to attempt to acquire the property.”

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