Basement Waterproofing

The Healthy Way

Unlike other waterproofers in New Jersey, we provide our customers with a streamlined process for all of their waterproofing needs. Our goal is to get to the crux of your home’s issues. If we spot signs of water in your basement, we go right to the source of the problem, working hard to fix structural deficiencies to prevent problems like mold growth and foundation damage. We are proud to be New Jersey’s one-stop shop for all of your basement waterproofing needs. New Jersey homeowners choose Healthy Way because our experts are friendly, experienced, harworking, and fully certified. We won’t rest until your waterproofing problems are solved. Because we specialize in both interior and exterior waterproofing services, you won’t have to worry about hiring a laundry list of contractors to correct your moisture problems. With Healthy Way provides all-inclusive basement waterproofing in Marlboro, it’s no surprise that New Jersey residents trust Healthy Way to make their homes more livable every day.

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The Healthy Way Difference

At Healthy Way, we strive to set ourselves apart from the competition by offering the best basement waterproofing services in New Jersey. We won’t be happy with our work until you are 100% satisfied, whether you need a thorough moisture inspection or a large-scale waterproofing project. Our basement waterproofing experts are certified, trained, and have worked on more than 4,000 repairs. They understand that your moisture problems aren’t like anybody else’s, which is why all of our waterproofing proposals are created specifically for your home. You won’t find any “one-size-fits-all” solutions here, and we wouldn’t have it any other way.

  • Best warranties in the industry
  • Free initial inspection
  • Full-service basement waterproofing
  • Mold remediation
  • Foundation repair
  • Water management solutions tailored to your unique situation

Once your basement waterproofing project is complete, we make it a point to keep our staff available to address any questions or concerns you may have. Our goal is your 100% satisfaction, from the moment you call our office to schedule an inspection to the time you sign off on our work.

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Waterproofing Services in New Jersey

With more than two decades of experience and a team of fully certified and trained waterproofing professionals, there is no waterproofing project in New Jersey that we can’t handle. When not addressed, water and moisture problems can cause serious health risks for your family. We’re talking buckling walls, sinking foundations, and even toxic mold. With your home’s value and your family’s health on the line, you must attack these problems head-on, and the best way to do that is by bringing in the Healthy Way team. Some signs of existing water problems in your home can include:

  • Signs of rust or oxidation on metal fixtures
  • Mildew residue
  • Water stains on your foundation’s walls and floors
  • Erosion of your concrete
  • Mineral deposits found on pipes
  • Flooded landscaping after heavy rain or snow
  • Pooling water around your foundation’s interior
  • Humidity levels above 60% in your basement or crawlspace
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Basement Waterproofing in Marlboro

Healthy Way has been providing the most trusted, effective basement waterproofing in New Jersey since 2007. Waterproofing your basement is crucial to protecting the value of your home and the safety of your family. That is why we only employ the best, brightest, fully-certified experts, who will treat your home like it was their very own. Taking shortcuts just isn’t in our nature. We use innovative technology and time-tested techniques to discover and solve your basement’s water-related problems.

Because basement wall leaks and water seepage are often caused by structural issues, external waterproofing is required. While some companies only seal the interior walls of your basement, Healthy Way goes the extra mile to fix your water issues inside and out. That way, your basement leaks stop for good.

Once we find the root of the water issues in your basement, we will get to work on a custom-designed solution that will exceed your basement waterproofing needs.

Our basement waterproofing services in New Jersey help prevent the following problems:

  • Mold growth, which can cause serious health hazards for your family
  • Basement flooding
  • Loss of valuables
  • Serious water damage to your home’s walls and floors
  • Decrease in home value

Don’t wait to address the moisture developing in your basement – call Healthy Way today for a customized solution to your water seepage problems.

What Causes Moisture in Your Basement?

It’s easy to spot water leaking through a crack in your basement, but most homeowners don’t know that there is a potential for water issues without heavy rains or obvious signs of standing water. At Healthy Way, we try to educate our clients on the real causes of water in your basement. Here are two of the most common reasons why you might need basement waterproofing in Marlboro:

Clay Bowl Effect

The “Clay Bowl” Effect

It might not be evident on the surface, but many basements are built in a below-grade dip, which is surrounded by backfill. Because backfill is made up of soil that was removed during foundation digging, it creates an empty shape or “bowl” effect. Once the foundation is finished, this loose soil is placed back around the foundation. Unfortunately, soil of this consistency is more absorbent and porous than the undisturbed soil around it, which is hard-packed and less porous. When rain or thunderstorms occurs, the soil closest to your home becomes saturated, putting pressure on your basement walls.

Hydrostatic Pressure

Hydrostatic Pressure:

This kind of pressure affects homeowners with property built below the water table or on a hillside where water runs down a hill. When the soil around your foundation becomes saturated, it will expand and put intense pressure on the walls of your foundation and basement. This pressure can create cracks, giving water an easy route into your basement.

How Healthy Way Solves Your Basement Waterproofing Needs

Having a wet basement not only puts your health at risk, it lowers the value of your home and makes it more difficult to sell. The good news? We offer a number of waterproofing services and products to solve your problems fast. A few of our solutions include:

  • Sump pumps
  • Perimeter drainage systems
  • Doorway drainage systems
  • High-strength washer hoses
  • Floor and wall crack repair
  • Replacement windows
  • Flood protection for your water heater

When you use Healthy Way for basement waterproofing in New Jersey, you can rest easy knowing that all our systems come with a written, lifetime warranty. This warranty is transferrable, meaning you can re-establish your home’s value and give future owners confidence knowing that their new home is protected.

The Healthy Way Basement Waterproofing Process

Because every home is different, your basement waterproofing solution could be vastly different than that of your next-door neighbor. Many factors play a part when it comes to keeping your basement dry and safe for living. As a general rule, we approach each issue with a “prevention over repair” mindset. By taking this stance, we give our clients a more cost-effective, long-term resolution. We’re not in the business of putting a “Band-Aid” on your water problem – we want to fix your issue completely, so you don’t have to worry about recurring problems. Our effective basement waterproofing systems include a mix of the following strategies:

Interior Waterproofing

Interior Waterproofing

Interior waterproofing methods usually start with our team ensuring that any holes or cracks in your basement floors, walls, and windows are sealed properly. Sealing cracks in your basement is an important first step since this is usually the first place where water can enter your home. Our sealants keep your basement dry and help prevent more moisture from finding its way into your home. Interior waterproofing strategies like these also help lower humidity levels in your basement. While sealants and other interior waterproofing strategies help correct initial issues, they don’t usually solve the underlying problem causing leaks in your basement. Those issues are most often found outside your home.

Exterior Waterproofing

Exterior Waterproofing

Once our team is finished with your interior waterproofing, we will move to the exterior of your home. Waterproofing the outside of your home is often a more complex, nuanced goal. Because of the difficult nature of exterior waterproofing, we recommend you consult with our team of professionals before tackling the job on your own. Generally speaking, our team beings the outdoor waterproofing process by excavating the soil around your home’s foundation. Once we remove the soil surrounding your foundation, our experts will apply a polymer-based sealant to any cracks we discover. This sealant is a long-term solution and should remain intact for the life of your home. While the Healthy Way team solves your outdoor moisture problems, we will also check your downspouts, to make sure they aren’t clogged. An inefficient gutter system does a poor job of directing water away from your home’s foundation, which can cause more moisture to seep into your basement over time.

Exterior Waterproofing

Drainage Systems

One of the most common reasons that people need basement waterproofing in cityname is because they have a poor drainage system. A proper drainage system is paramount in keeping your basement dry and your family safe. These systems are meant to direct water away from your home and come in many forms, from French Drains to simple systems like ground soil. If you’re thinking of installing a complex drainage system, save yourself some time and check the soil around your foundation first to make sure it isn’t retaining moisture. If a more complex system like a sump pump is required, it’s best to work with certified professionals like those at Healthy Way, to make sure your drainage system is installed correctly.


Because every home is different, it’s hard to say what kind of waterproofing solution is right for your situation. Most homeowners require a combination of interior and exterior waterproofing. There are dozens of factors that come into play when it comes to waterproofing your home, so the answer to your problem may be different than your neighbor’s. The good news is that Healthy Way is fully equipped to handle whatever moisture issue you’re having. We will work tirelessly to make certain your basement is dry, mold-free, and safe to enjoy. That way, you can get back to living life rather than worrying about mold growth or foundation damage.

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Other companies may offer temporary or partial solutions. At Healthy Way, we believe in correcting the problem completely, so you save money and have long-term peace of mind. Our goal is to fix your problem to prevent it from coming back, or we won’t do the work!

If you require quality basement waterproofing, it all starts with a FREE inspection from our certified waterproofing experts. We will take as much time as you need to find your problem, develop a solution, and walk you through our process step-by-step.

Don’t let water leaks and foundation damage create a dangerous environment in your home; contact the experts at Healthy Way today!

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Girls Tennis: Group 4 Teams To Watch, 2021

Group 4 Teams To Watch, 2021NORTH 1FAVORITE: Bergen TechBergen Tech gets back five of its seven starters from last season’s 4-1 team during the shortened season. The Knights will be strong at the top of the lineup with standout first and second singles players Amanda Galante and sophomore Victoria Gazda, respectively. Junior Emma Lau is also back after playing at third singles in 2020 as are the first doubles duo of Sarah Kupperman and Sasha Gupta. They are each sophomores. Much of the proj...

Group 4 Teams To Watch, 2021


FAVORITE: Bergen Tech

Bergen Tech gets back five of its seven starters from last season’s 4-1 team during the shortened season. The Knights will be strong at the top of the lineup with standout first and second singles players Amanda Galante and sophomore Victoria Gazda, respectively. Junior Emma Lau is also back after playing at third singles in 2020 as are the first doubles duo of Sarah Kupperman and Sasha Gupta. They are each sophomores. Much of the projected lineup is on the younger side, but they also have experience.

Galante (6.63) and Gazda (6.77) each have high singles play UTR ratings.

In 2019, the Knights made the North 1, Group 4 semifinals and went 15-4. They last made the Group 4 final in 2016.

CONTENDERS: Livingston, West Orange, Ridgewood, Morristown, Montclair


FAVORITE: John P. Stevens

J.P. Stevens was one of the state’s top teams in 2020as it made the Central East A Regional final, and the Hawks get everybody back from top to bottom. Now a sophomore, Kaaviya Kannan was an All-State pick in her rookie year after a solid campaign at first singles. She now has experience under her belt as does fellow classmate Neha Saraswatula, who played second singles. Seniors Shriya Upadhyay, Shubhi Upadhyay, and Lauren Sun are all back as four-year starters and leaders of the squad. The Upadhyay twins were All-State selections at first doubles last season while Sun is a former Greater Middlesex Conference Tournament flight champ. Second doubles Emily Hsieh and Sanjana Chitnis round out a formidable lineup. Don’t be surprised if any of the doubles players from last season wind up playing at the final third singles spot.

J.P. Stevens went 8-2 a year ago and figure to be right in the thick of it in Group 4. Could this be the year the Hawks win their first-ever group title?

CONTENDERS: Westfield, Bridgewater-Raritan, Watchung Hills, Ridge


FAVORITE: East Brunswick

East Brunswick has put together back-to-back stellar seasons together. The Bears went undefeated in the fall of 2019 en-route to sectional, Group 4, and Tournament of Champions titles. Last year, East Brunswick posted a 10-1 record and won the Central East A Regional crown in the shortened COVID season. And while one might think by now there would be some turnover, that isn’t the case. Junior Naomi Karki, an All-State First Team selection as a freshman, is back after skipping the 2020 campaign. Second singles Anagha Shankar also returns and she might have made the most improvements from 2019 to 2020. It’ll be interesting to see how much better she got with another year under her belt as a junior. Katie Wong is another junior who has played very well at third singles her first two campaigns. She could start higher in the lineup at basically every other team in the state. At first doubles, Christina Steiner, now a senior, is back as well as is Richa Shah. Steiner and Shanker teamed up together in 2019 and were the runners-up at the state doubles tournament. If The Bears can figure out second doubles, they might win 5-0 all year long.

CONTENDERS: Marlboro, Hunterdon Central, Hillsborough, West Windsor-Plainsboro South


FAVORITE: Cherry Hill East

Every year, Cherry Hill East is seemingly the team to beat among the large schools in South Jersey, and in 2021, that appears no different. One thing, though, based on UTR, there are a few teams close in total score, which could provide for an exciting postseason once that arrives in early October. But, the Cougars, who went 11-1 last season, won the Southwest A Regional crown and are looking for more. Cherry Hill East owns nine group titles, but they haven’t won since 2004. All three singles players return this year in Sophia Liu, Elliana Tonghini, and Julia Chan as well as three of the four doubles players Sophia Pavlenko, Vivian Zhao, and Jessica Wang.

CONTENDERS: Egg Harbor, Cherokee, Lenape, Gloucester Tech, Shawnee

Two Jersey Shore Allergists stress the importance of getting vaccinated, “it’s safe”

Is it allergies, is it Covid?One way you can try and find out is by getting vaccinated.There's a lot of misinformation about the vaccine out there spurred on by either politics or someone's bias opinion mixed in with a tiny dose of selected truth.Who better to trust than a doctor and those in the medical field?Listen to Vin Ebenau mornings on Townsquare Media Jersey Shore Radio Stations, email him news tips here,...

Is it allergies, is it Covid?

One way you can try and find out is by getting vaccinated.

There's a lot of misinformation about the vaccine out there spurred on by either politics or someone's bias opinion mixed in with a tiny dose of selected truth.

Who better to trust than a doctor and those in the medical field?

Listen to Vin Ebenau mornings on Townsquare Media Jersey Shore Radio Stations, email him news tips here, and download our free app.

Two Allergists with Hackensack Meridian Health, Dr. Bruce Decotiis and Dr. Chirag Patel, both who work in the same offices on Route 88 in Brick and in Wall., are encouraging you to get vaccinated if you haven't already and they have reasons, evidence, ways of calming your fears and concerns.

"There's a lot of different opinions on this and for the most part, and not totally, most physicians are very much in favor of the vaccine in general. We have dealt with and are dealing with on a daily basis, a number of patients who have either had reactions to the first vaccine and want to know what to do or in the past have had what has been told to them is a risk factor," Dr. Decotiis tells Townsquare Media News. "For instance, initially, when the vaccine first came out there was two patients over in Great Britain who had an anaphylactic reaction. Now, they never really defined what that meant and they never really gave us any details about it bu they told us that means that pattens who have had anaphylactic reactions or are very allergic are at higher risk for a reaction to the vaccine -- that's NOT true."

Dr. Decotiis said that when they first started giving the vaccine, he and other doctors from his office were at Ocean Medical Center in Brick (right across the street from his office) every Thursday and did research on site.

"We were sitting there while they were giving vaccines to high risk patients. We wrote up a questionnaire for them to ask the patients and as time has gone on, we found a number of the questions we asked we're not relevant," Decotiis said. "There is no question that patients do have reactions to the vaccine, if you took at the safety of the vaccine however, these vaccines are among the safest that have ever been made."

It is a personal choice for everyone to get the vaccine, that should be the case, but it's important to be conscious of how you could accidentally affect someone else's well being.

"I'm a big personal freedom person and I don't think anybody should be forced to do anything but on the other hand you shouldn't be allowed to put somebody else at risk because of your decisions either," Decotiis said. "So the fact that you have not gotten the vaccine is putting your friends, neighbors, family, etc. at an increase risk. You have to deal with that. I've seen several horrible cases where people are adamant about not getting the vaccine and brought the virus home and it resulted in an unnecessary death."

Decotiis said the vaccines, "by and large are very safe", and in certain cases they will test for underlying conditions to see what kind of allergic reactions someone may have to the vaccine.

If you're someone who suffers from allergies and asthma, you can always check with your primary care doctor or allergist before getting a vaccine -- ask them questions, run some concerns by them.

"If you have allergies, and remember sometimes allergies and allergic-asthma go hand in hand, so if you're experiencing significant allergy symptoms and you were to get Covid, that could potentially lead to a more adverse outcome as oppose to if you weren't suffering from significant asthma-allergy burden," Dr. Patel tells Townsquare Media News. "One other thing is that if you're not vaccinated, and we've all heard about these variants, you could potentially become that incubator where the new strain comes out that might be more resistant or infectious, and so that's another consideration people should take when thinking about getting the vaccine."

Many people may not understand how and why new variants keep popping up -- it's got a lot to do with people not getting vaccinated.

"Mutation in a virus can't happen in the air, it can't happen on a desktop, it has to happen in a rapidly progressive illness in a patient as the virus replicates very quickly," Decotiis said. "So the more people who are ill, the more likely we're going to get another variant."

We'll keep getting more variants. Dr. Decotiis explains, if more people don't get vaccinated.

You can learn more from Dr. Decotiis and Dr. Patel here:

Girls Tennis: All-State & All-Group players back for more

A fresh girls tennis season is just around the corner starting on Sept. 1, and here’s a quick look at the players that earned all-state and all-group honors a year ago that will be back on the courts this fall.RETURNING ALL-STATE PLAYERSFIRST TEAMS-Erin Ha, Holy Angels, Jr.S-Brook Hess, Holy Angels, Sr.D-Sabrina Schneider, Sr., and Olivia Gallucci, Jr., PingryD-Christina Steiner, Sr., East BrunswickSECOND TEAMS-Anna Szczuka, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Sr.D-...

A fresh girls tennis season is just around the corner starting on Sept. 1, and here’s a quick look at the players that earned all-state and all-group honors a year ago that will be back on the courts this fall.



S-Erin Ha, Holy Angels, Jr.

S-Brook Hess, Holy Angels, Sr.

D-Sabrina Schneider, Sr., and Olivia Gallucci, Jr., Pingry

D-Christina Steiner, Sr., East Brunswick


S-Anna Szczuka, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Sr.

D-Shubhi Upadhyay, Sr., and Shriya Upadhyay, Sr., J.P. Stevens


S-Anna Chow, Demarest, Sr.

S-Kaaviya Kannan, J.P. Stevens, So.

D-Veda Madhusudan, Jr., Millburn



2S-Anagha Shankar, East Brunswick, Jr.

3S-Katie Wong, East Brunswick, Jr.

1D-Olivia Gallucci, Sr., and Sabrina Schneider, Sr., Pingry

2D-Zoe Wang, Sr., and Carson Clunis, Jr., Pingry


1S-Erin Ha, Holy Angels, Jo.

2S-Yahli Noy, Demarest, Jo.

3S-Karolina Lankamer, Hunterdon Central, Sr.

1D-Christina Steiner, Sr., and Richa Shah Jr., East Brunswick

2D-Jacqueline Arbogast, Sr., and Keelin Robbins, Sr., Holy Angels


1S-Brooke Hess, Holy Angels, Sr.

2S-Elle Catanzarite, Hunterdon Central, Jr.

3S-Katie Chung, Montclair Kimberley, So.

1D-Shubhi Upadhyay, Sr., and Shriya Upadhyay, Sr., J.P. Stevens

2D-Saniya Sinkar, So., Millburn



First Team

S-Kaaviya Kannan, J.P. Stevens, So.

S-Divya Venkatarama, South Brunswick, Sr.

D-Christina Steiner, Sr., and Richa Shah, Jr., East Brunswick

D-Shubhi Upadhyay, Sr., and Shriya Upadhyay, Sr., J.P. Stevens

Second Team

S-Diana Zuba, Marlboro, Jr.

S-Kyla Malloy, Hunterdon Central, So.

Third Team

S-Rhea Sethi, Lenape, Jr.

D-Lucia Marckioni, Sr., and Sophia Kim, Sr., Princeton

D-Payton Silverman, Sr., Westfield


First Team

S-Erin Ha, Holy Angels, Jr.

S-Anna Szczuka, Scotch Plains-Fanwood, Sr.

D-Veda Madhusudan, So., Millburn

Second Team

S-Samantha Tepes, Shawnee, Jr.

S-Cornelia Bruu-Syvensen, Chatham, Jr.

D-Cameron Sims, Sr., and Sophia Paparo, So., Chatham

D-Anna Geubtner, Sr., and Elizabeth Ong, So., Mainland

Third Team

S-Janey Wright, Red Bank Regional, Jr.

D-Elizabeth Ring, So., Ramapo

D-Gianna DeSilva, Sr., Central Regional


First Team

S-Anna Chow, Demarest, Sr.

S-Jocelyn Assael, Ocean Township, Sr.

D-Maggie Lu, Jr., Holmdel

D-Quinn McCarthy, Sr., Manasquan

Second Team

S-Yahli Noy, Demarest, Jr.

S-Courtney Copeland, Lawrence, Sr.

D-Alissa Hsu, Sr., Demarest

D-Lucinda Andrewes, Jr., Haddonfield

Third Team

S-Riya Shah, Holmdel, Sr.

D-Gabby Canzoniero, Sr., Sparta

D-Amanda Volk, Sr., Cumberland


First Team

S-Arya Ramalingan, Leonia, Sr.

S-Nyakiriri Kanefu, Rutherford, Sr.

S-Claire Zhang, Kinnelon, Sr.

D-Prianka Ramalingam, Sr., and Euijin Choi, Jr., Leonia

D-Rachel McKnight, Sr., Gateway

Second Team

S-Christine Richiez, Park Ridge, Sr.

S-Molly Jespersen, Schalick, Sr..

S-Allie Eisenberg, Glen Rock, Sr.

D-Kate Ure, Sr., and Emma Ure, Jr., New Providence

Third Team

S-Durga Venkatesan, New Providence, Sr.

S-Ilana Siegel, Mountain Lakes, Sr.

D-Jamie Luo, Jr., Glen Rock


First Team

S-Brooke Hess, Holy Angels, Sr.

D-Sabrina Schneider, Sr., and Olivia Galluci, Sr., Pingry

D-Carson Clunis, Jr., and Zoe Wang, Jr., Pingry

Second Team

S-Bella Pescatore, Moorestown Friends, Sr.

S-Alexandra Anderson, Kent Place, Jr.

S-Kelly Troczynski, Oak Knoll, Jr.

D-Amara Bhatia, So., and Hannah Lewis, So., Montclair Kimberley

Third Team

S-Hayley Nelson, Trinity Hall, Sr.

S-Sarah Kloss, Pingry, Sr.

S-Rebecca Hess, Mount St. Dominic, So.

D-Summer Wilderotter, Jr., Ranney

D-Hilary Adelman, Jr., and Molly Egan, So., Newark Academy

Toms River government leaders seek residents input on downtown redevelopment plan

Plans to redevelop downtown Toms River are moving closer to going from vision to reality after years of drawing up the blueprints to make adjustments to the ever growing township and to make this area a year-round spot for residents and guests.Listen to Vin Ebenau mornings on Townsquare Media Jersey Shore Radio Stations, email him news tips ...

Plans to redevelop downtown Toms River are moving closer to going from vision to reality after years of drawing up the blueprints to make adjustments to the ever growing township and to make this area a year-round spot for residents and guests.

Listen to Vin Ebenau mornings on Townsquare Media Jersey Shore Radio Stations, email him news tips here, and download our free app.

In 2018, one part of the redevelopment project got a boost when Toms River was awarded a $5,660,000.00 grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation through the Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development Transportation Grants program.

The money was awarded to help with the design of creating a loop between the Garden State Parkway and waterfront businesses by elevating and reconstructing Herflicker Boulevard as a one-way complete street, converting Water Street into a one-way complete street and making improvements and upgrades on connecting roads.

It was at this point, plans were created to attempt to relocate the post office and add in a parking deck and stores as well.

A lot needs to happen to have this and any plans mapped out done, but once things get rolling along, it'll be a year round spot for all.

"Ortley Beach will always be a draw for the summer tourism season but we are hoping to develop downtown as a year round tourist destination and that's apart of our master plan," Toms River Assistant Planner Erika Stahl previously told Townsquare Media News. "Downtown is changing."

Indeed it is.

At a Toms River Township Council meeting earlier this month, August 10, Toms River Township Planner Dave Roberts ran through a power point presentation of where the plans are currently at and what things could look like down the road.

Phase 1 includes a big boost to the downtown area by adding in residential units with retail stores at the bottom that'll be a hop, skip, jump and a short walk from the bus station.

You can read the full scoop of Phase 1 of the Toms River Redevelopment Plan here which includes all the details you should review before Thursday night.

Your input is valued, needed and sought out by township leaders with the next opportunity this coming Thursday from 5:00-7:00 pm in the L. Manuel Hirshblond Room, which is on the 2nd floor of Toms River Town Hall on Washington Street.

At this meeting, members of the township council will be on hand along with the Capodagli Development team to go over the proposed plan and answer any questions from residents and business owners alike.

Demolition begins on steel skeleton building in Seaside Heights

SEASIDE HEIGHTS -- Heavy machinery crunched and ripped at the steel skeleton on the Boulevard Monday morning, pulling apart pieces of an unfinished structure that has haunted the borough for more than a decade.Mayor Anthony E. Vaz proclaimed the demolition the start of a new era for the Boulevard: ...

SEASIDE HEIGHTS -- Heavy machinery crunched and ripped at the steel skeleton on the Boulevard Monday morning, pulling apart pieces of an unfinished structure that has haunted the borough for more than a decade.

Mayor Anthony E. Vaz proclaimed the demolition the start of a new era for the Boulevard: SSH Boulevard LLC, Seaside's designated redeveloper for site, has proposed to build an eight-story building with 79 condominiums, a restaurant and retail on the property.

"This Boulevard is going to be something that we all brag about," Vaz said. "We are gong to have restaurants, hair salons, other businesses. We are going to develop a town that has everything."

Shortly before crews began using heavy machinery to begin tearing down the structure, Vaz handed a demolition permit for the property to Doug Steinhardt, one of the partners in SSH Boulevard.

Another partner, Dan Matarese, owner of Danco General Contracting Inc. in Marlboro, had his crew on site to start knocking down the four-story steel skeleton.

Vaz broke a bottle of champagne against a rusty steel beam to celebrate the start of demolition. It took the mayor several attempts to break the bottle as a crowd of borough employees, SSH Boulevard partners, residents and visitors cheered him on.

Matarese said he believes the demolition should be completed by Tuesday. Wearing a hard hat, Vaz joined Maratese in the cab of one of the large yellow machines, and used the machine's claw to rip down the first chunk of steel.

Eileen Breen, who owns a condominium on Hamilton Avenue, adjacent to the building, walked down the street to watch the demolition begin.

"It's wonderful," Breen said, "because we have had debris from this structure on our roof and on our decks."

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Breen said rust from the steel skeleton also blows onto the nearby condominiums, particularly during severe winter storms.

Construction of the 225,000-square-foot residential building that will replace the steel structure should take about a year once all permits and approvals are received, Matarese said. The building will contain one-, two- and three-bedroom units. The next step for the redeveloper will be to design the building and bring an application to the borough's planning board.

Matarese said he hopes the building can be finished in time for next summer.

Earlier this year, SSH Boulevard produced a $35 million line of credit to finance the project, which Matarese estimated would cost $30 million to complete.

Vincent J. Craporatta Jr. began the process to build a nightclub complex and banquet hall on the Boulevard property a dozen years ago, when Seaside Heights was a different place. The property has a long nightlife history: the Yakety Yak and Club XS nightclubs were both formerly located on the site.

The Great Recession, and then superstorm Sandy, delayed Craporatta's plans. Vaz has said that Seaside Heights first tried to work with Craporatta, but became convinced the site's owner did not have the financing to complete a project on the land.

Seaside officials have long contended that the rusted steel structure has discouraged other developers from taking a chance to build on the Boulevard.

Vaz said Monday that Seaside Heights was stymied in its attempts to remove the steel structure because former Gov. Chris Christie extended all permits for buildings under construction for five years after the recession, and then for another five years after Sandy devastated large parts of the Shore.

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Once those waivers had expired, the borough took action, first designating the property as an area in need of redevelopment, and then moving to seize the land via eminent domain.

In May, the borough council voted to designate SSH Boulevard as redeveloper for the property, choosing their plan over Craporatta's proposal for 65 condominium units and a pool deck, along with commercial space on the first floor of an 88-foot-high building.

Flanked by council members, Vaz thanked them and Borough Administrator Christopher Vaz (who is the mayor's son) and Borough Attorney Jean Cipriani for working hard to acquire the property and approve the redeveloper.

Vaz also praised Seaside Heights' residents, who he said have made it clear to him and council members that they want the borough to move away from its hard-partying past into a more family-friendly future.

"You have told us, as a community, that you want quality of life," Vaz said. "...We are listening to what you are telling us to do."

Vaz noted that the Bamboo Bar has been sold and is also slated for demolition in the coming weeks.

Jean Mikle covers Toms River and several other Ocean County towns, and has been writing about local government and politics at the Jersey Shore for nearly 37 years. She's also passionate about the Shore's storied music scene. Contact her: @jeanmikle, [email protected]


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