Foodtown becomes Superdome, grocery store, restaurant


BRICK – A huge empty parking lot in the lucrative Brick business district is about to undergo a major makeover.

The sale of the nearly 11-acre former Foodtown property on Route 70 – a parcel that has been vacant for about 20 years – closed this week, Mayor John G. Ducey said.

The Brick sold the property for $ 5 million as part of a deal with New York’s HFZ Superdome and Piscataway-based M&M on Route 70. The sale closed on Tuesday, Ducey said.

The sale “is great news,” he said. “It had been four years and two months since we started this process, trying to bring the sports dome to town.”

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Architectural rendering of the Superdome sports complex proposed to The Brick.

The front of the property, when redeveloped, will include a grocery store, a licensed restaurant and a building that could be a bank or a small store, the mayor said.

The rear of the property will house a domed sports complex and buildings for birthdays, dance and yoga lessons, private lessons, arts, robotics lessons and other activities, said Peter Tasca. , Managing Director and COO of Superdome Sports, a subsidiary of HFZ Capital Group.

Inside the dome, there will be approximately 60,000 square feet of indoor turf and a three-lane running track, Tasca said. The facility will also include changing rooms, a full-service daycare, pickleball courts, regulation-size basketball courts, outdoor sand volleyball courts and an outdoor track, he said.

The Superdome will offer sports-focused summer camps, team training spaces, club teams and additional training, Tasca said. The Superdome will also be a place of celebrations and parties, as well as high school athletic championships, he said.

The interior of the Waldwick Sports Park is similar to what the future Superdome on Route 70 will look like once it's completed, according to the company building the new facility.

“I’ve been doing it (running a sports complex) for 30 years,” Tasca said. “And we are very happy to present it to the people of South Jersey.”

The Brick’s installation will be modeled after a similar sports center, also owned by Superdome Sports, in Waldwick, County Bergen.

The redevelopment plan and the Superdome fit well with The Brick’s priorities, Ducey said.

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Sports programs are “the fabric of our city,” he said. “It’ll just be a great convenience.… So many families, they can’t wait for this to open up.”

The sale puts the property back on the Brick’s tax roll for the first time in nearly two decades.

“We haven’t received any tax money since we bought the property,” Ducey said. “So he’s going to be returned to the tax rolls.”

The city bought the land in 2003 for more than $ 6 million in order to block construction on a Home Depot project, which then opened a few blocks on Highway 70 and Shorrock Street in Lakewood. Subsequent redevelopment proposals included a hotel with a banqueting center and 120 condominiums, none of which came to fruition, Ducey said.

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Tasca said he hopes the sports center will be completed by fall 2022.

M & M’s planned completion date was not immediately available; a company representative did not respond to a call from a reporter.

Amanda Oglesby is originally from Ocean County and covers the townships of Brick, Barnegat and Lacey as well as the environment. She has worked for the press for over a decade. Contact her at @OglesbyAPP, [email protected] or 732-557-5701.

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