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the_big_rat.jpegUnion representatives from Local 78 were in town protesting the contracting firm hired to remove asbestos from the old Recycland plant, which will soon be the new Metuchen Sportsplex indoor sports facility.  A reader sent a copy of the flyer being distributed ( mm.AsbestosCompany.pdf) and told us that a big blow-up rat, like the one in this photo, was on site. 

MetucheSportsplexCover Page Signage.jpegAt tonight's Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, Recycland, developers of the proposed indoor sports complex to be constructed in the abandoned warehouse adjacent to Vidas Park, received approval for a conditional use variance. (Click here for previous articles on the Recycland project.)
In a vote of six in favor, one opposed, the board agreed to accept the proposal with two major conditions:  One, that Brownfield remediation work plans be completed and approved by the NJ State Department of Environmental Protection and two, that a public roadway, to be constructed by the developer, completely connect Durham to Middlesex Avenues within 18 months after project completion or be granted an extension from completion at that time, by the board, due to approved circumstances surrounding development of the remainder of the property.

Recycland went before the Zoning Board of Adjustment last night to provide further testimony with regard to their desired indoor sports facility, which would transform the abandoned warehouse adjacent to the facilities at Vidas Park. (See earlier posts regarding this property)  Civil and traffic engineering plans were presented.


First to testify was Steve Coppola, a civil engineer from Bohler Engineering in Warren, NJ, who spoke primarily about the exterior layout of the facility - the landscaping, signage, parking, access roads, lighting, and storm-water drainage.  Board member Daniel Spiegal voiced concern over parking lot access and pedestrian safety; he would like consideration of a one-way loop throughout the two primary lots as he feels it would help protect children getting in and out of cars.  The developer agreed to consider the suggestion with his engineers and report back to the board.

Sportsplex Operational Plans go before the Zoning Board

At last night's Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, Sportsplex, the proposed operational tenant of the Recycland property, discussed their plans for the development and management of an indoor sports facility in the existing abandoned warehouse next to Vidas Field.    


John K. Burns, one of six principal owners of the Sportsplex Group, testified as to what the complex might look like, how others like it are operated, and what could be available to Metuchen and neighboring communities should the plan be approved.   


Created over 10 years ago with the opening of a Rockville, Maryland facility in 1995, Sportsplex has developed a standard business model for indoor sporting facilities that includes turf fields for soccer, lacrosse, football, and field hockey; hard courts for basketball, inline hockey, and volleyball; party rooms; concessions, and an arcade. Programs offered cater to toddler-aged children through seniors and include sports league activities, sports academies and personal training, child development programs, birthday parties, summer camps and days-off from school happenings, home-school physical activity programs, and school field trip events

At this evening's Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting, Recycland operating as Metuchen I LLC began their case for variance of use in a process they hope will lead to the construction of an indoor sporting facility. It is one of two currently proposed for development in town.   


Recycland owns the property stretching from Durham Avenue next to Vidas Park, to Middlesex Avenue, adjacent to the Somerset Bank building near the old Cryan's site. 


The indoor sports complex, which will be owned and operated by Sportsplex, a Maryland based corporation, is proposed for the area next to Vidas where an abandoned warehouse now stands.  The plans do not meet the zoning standards requiring more than 500 feet from existing residential and municipal property. 

Metuchen Zoning Board of Adjustment Meeting Scheduled Tonight

Tonight, November 25th, the Metuchen Zoning Board of Adjustment will hold a special meeting at 8:00PM in Borough Hall.  The meeting has been scheduled to hear applicant Metuchen I, LLC's requests regarding site approvals for a multi-use sports complex at 700 Middlesex Avenue.  Recycland, the company which holds a 92.25% interest in Metuchen I, has paid for the meeting.  The site plan, use variance, and bulk variance will all be discussed.

With the potential environmental concerns and the other sports bubble project, this promises to be a heated debate.  The meeting is open and the public may attend.

Double Bubble: Approved Ordinances Progress New Sports Facility Plans

This week the Borough Council adopted a second ordinance facilitating development of a new athletic facility in town.  Metuchen resident Jeff Josell plans to develop an indoor sports complex near Prospect and High Streets and got the go-ahead from Council on Monday night. Slightly modified from the first proposal, changes now exclude sports that have been deemed dangerous such as archery and firing ranges, as well as facilities for ice skating or skate boarding.


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