N.J. City Eyes Dump Site for High-End RV Park
Plans for the backbay landfill in Wildwood, N.J., have ranged from a solar farm to a residential housing project.
Now, Mayor Ernie Troiano wants the city’s engineer to look into turning the area into a “high-end RV park” after they cap the fill, Shore News Today, Egg Harbor Township, reported.
Troiano said before the city can move forward with a new project for the former landfill, it must be capped with about 100,000 cubic yards of fill, topped with a membrane, and sealed.
The landfill sits on 25 acres between Susquehanna and Baker avenues. It closed in the 1950s and contained municipal waste. According to the city, it had to be capped and a gas management system was needed because of methane emanating from the landfill's waste. The area was named an area in need of redevelopment in 2002.
Under the former administration, then-Mayor Gary DeMarzo had proposed turning the back bay into a “green destination” with a solar farm, as well as public open space with room for biking and walking trails and outdoor activities such as kayaking.
Troiano, as well as Commissioners Pete Byron and Tony Leonetti, have said that they had wanted to go forward with that project. But the market for solar has declined in recent years, and there are few developers interested.
“I don’t know if that is ever going to come to fruition,” Troiano said at the commissioners’ meeting Wednesday.
He asked city engineer Mark DeBlasio to look into comparing which option would be the most beneficial to the taxpayer — the solar farm or RV park — then, the city would look to move forward.
DeBlasio said that he planned to begin letting the state and federal governments know that the city’s landfill needed to be filled, and hoped that the city could see a financial incentive for taking some of the debris left over from dredging projects.
Troiano said that one potential project the city could use material from was Stone Harbor’s beach replenishment which is set to be completed by the end of July. Troiano said that Stone Harbor had about 95,000 cubic yards of dredge spoils that could be used to cap the fill.
This is not the first time the city has looked into opening an RV park. Last summer, commissioners looked to allow recreational vehicles to camp on the beach, however, the plan was fought by residents of the Ocean Towers Condominiums as well as other city residents.
Those living at Ocean Towers were concerned that the RV park would be in front of their properties, where they normally go to the beach. They questioned if the project was safe for the environment, as well as if the additional vehicles on the beach would be risky around children playing.
At that time, commissioners said that they would be imposing strict restrictions on what types of RVs could park at the beach campsite. Spots were expected to cost around $150 each, and there would have been no water or electric hookups on the beach for the vehicles.