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POLL: Should All Pollution in Wood Ave. Affordable Housing Soil be Removed?

Not all of the contaminated soil has been removed from the Wood Avenue Affordable Housing property because there is an area that of contamination within DEP guidelines and within wetlands.

Manalapan Affordable Housing is constructing an 80-unit affordable housing development known as the Wood Avenue Apartments on Wood Avenue, Rt. 522, right outside of Englishtown.

According to the News Transcript, the Wood Avenue Apartments developer appeared before the Planning Board on March 22 to gain approval on the construction of a fence around two sections of the land where low levels of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) are present, and will remain.

A large amount of the contaminated soil has been removed from the site, but one and a half acres with contaminated soil will remain because the levels of PCBs measured are in compliance with the Department of Environmental Protection’s standards, the applicants attorney David Oberlander said, according to the Transcript. 

John McNaboe, the Chairman of the Planning Board, told the applicants that placing a fence around the contaminated soil will only tempt young boys to climb the fence no matter what warning signs surround the area, the News Transcript reported.

The applicant’s Licensed Site Remediation Professional, Kenneth Paul, told the Board that removing this soil would destroy the wetlands that are there, the Transcript reported.

The Board voted to approve the use of a fence around the contaminated areas subject to the approval of the Manalapan’s LSRP or until the DEP finds a solution, according to the News Transcript.

What do you think?

gjc April 10, 2012 at 12:17 PM
Why would anyone think it is acceptable to build housing on contaminated sites? Poor and low income people deserve a healthy living environment too.
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner April 10, 2012 at 12:44 PM
Cleaning the contaminated site should or should have partially be born by the developer and the seller of the property since they should have investigated the site prior to its sell and purchase and its development potentials.
Emily April 10, 2012 at 01:14 PM
I agree with both comments concerning contaminated sites. We have read about people developing cancers and other illnesses when these areas aren't cleaned up. The Native Americans residing in Ringwood, New Jersey have been suffering from the results of living on contaminated lands. The land, water and soil were contaminated by illegal dumping. Think about the children who got sick by playing in the dirt, drinking the water, etc. We should care more about these environmental issues . We should care more about people and how their living conditions affect their well-being.
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner April 10, 2012 at 02:23 PM
If the NJ Environmental Agency has approved the contaminated site in any way, shape or form, then they should clear the disapproval of the site for Housing development. Hence, to be fair for all concerned, any future evidence of contamination would have to be the NJEA responsibility.
CAROL MEYLER April 10, 2012 at 07:30 PM
Jim Orourke April 11, 2012 at 01:55 AM
believe thealll the cotimanted soil should be remove from woods of manlapan because it would be safe for kids , it only right that you guys do that stuff for the reesidnets who move in those kind places, and another thing they should be all affordabel for people who on fix incomes and who are disabe and have be handicap acessible with people are in wheelchairs and make it note under the ada it has to by law for the people who have disablity and ,bye low affordabel it should be for goverment assicatant and lets be fair no one want live in nursing home or be instiuation, that no way quality life jim orourke from manlapan
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner April 11, 2012 at 03:12 AM
Maybe they should build the housing on stilts with a bridge to Wood Avenue? And put a sign to read "Don't trespass on the grassy yards."
Can't shut me up April 11, 2012 at 03:27 AM
Why am I not surprised by this. Manalapan has been skirting their COAH responsibilities for years and when forced they find the nastiest of places. Look over by the high tension wires out Tracey Road. There are alot of nicer areas in Manalapan but you can bet your bottom dollars the COAH will NOT be built there. The old Monmouth Petrolium land. Here comes Manalapan/English cancer cluster.
mark cohen April 11, 2012 at 12:44 PM
The harm done to the parcel of land can never ever be repaired unless you have the right lawyer to pave the way.Low income humans its good for them . Any body want any other cancer causing land you don,t need to go far.It,s very scarey. I like quickcheck gas next to a fresh water creek mix in a flood and what do you get a cocktail that makes your eyes glow.I love progress
Tx April 11, 2012 at 02:24 PM
Did they not at the televised hearing say they were going to remove the soil? Looks like a bait and switch?? Why not put a moat and guard towers around the area. Better yet put the soil in the Board members yard, see how they would like, and yes put a fence around it.
Tx April 11, 2012 at 02:26 PM
Katrina why don't you do some investigative reporting on this. Really look into it.
Tx April 12, 2012 at 01:53 PM
Did the builder not say at the hearing that they were going to remove the contaminated soil?? Looks like bait and switch does it not.
Jimmy Johnston April 15, 2012 at 03:37 PM
But People! They will need a couple more studies done, which will have a couple hundred thousand dollars price tag on it. This leads into a (RAP) Remedial Action Plan, costing more money, just to agree of doing something that will take years and years to complete and during that time the Engineer company will be making money to check on the progress. The whole thing is very sad. I didn't want to make this sound like a commercial but... ERC,Inc.can clean up this problem quick, efficient and complete! Some needs to give the scientist/micro-biologists a chance. Go to www.remediatenow.com and see our results on chlorinated solvents, thanks
mark cohen April 15, 2012 at 04:59 PM
I love all the answers you guys print but reality is they will put a fence around it and say its fixed. I PITTY THE POOR KIDS!!!!! Most of the poor people that will move in prob have gov,t med coverage .And the world knows that the docs and test centers have not been busy enough. A fence is a sure smart fix like the kid with his finger in the dike. There is a really nice area to build apt houses on in the center of town englishtown industrial park how bout some really nice chromiumn.It put,s a nice glow on your face in the dark,you never have to worry bout a blackout.How about the fine paving of crushed shredded tires on the new rec area. It puts out a really nice clear cloud of posion on a nice hot sunny day .All over the country the schools that used that type of material have or are removing it because of the hazard.but in our area its ok .I WOULD NOT WALK MY DEAD DOG THERE
Aron Weiss April 18, 2012 at 03:20 PM
If a private home owner takes out their Oil Tank and a hole in the tank is found it c cost the homeowner thousands of dollars to remove the contaminated soil. So it begs the question, Why is their a different set of rules for the township and contractors for contaminated soil??? Is it acceptable to leave the contaminated soil just because it's an affordable housing area, and fencing the area in would do nothing but create a challenge for the kids living in the area.
Rudy April 18, 2012 at 03:32 PM
I say move the Wood Avenue Apartments to Old Bridge. This is Manalapan, not Newark.
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner April 18, 2012 at 08:07 PM
Apparently DEP has different standards to follow and appears they gave a pass of approval, for the type of contamination as related to the Oil spill according to the builder, for the Wood Ave project.
Patrick Roy,AIA,PP, Architect & Planner April 20, 2012 at 02:56 AM
What all these comments boil down to is to go back to the drawing board, Period. We are all asking for some sane answers to protect innocent human beings that may wind up settling there amidst the man made soil contaminated enclave.
mark cohen April 20, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Did anyone know that the contamination levels are allowed to be higher for apt type housing ! It is defined a biz not personal housing .If you want to build a pvt home the levels have to be much lower.I got this info from a real pro builder very well known in this area. google it !!! mc


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