Due To Purim, Sewer Project Start Date Moved To March 12

The large Spruce/Vine Street Project which was set to begin last week, will begin March 12 so as not to inconvenience residents on Purim, officials tell TLS. The installation of the sewer line, which begins at Spruce Street, continues south to Vine Street, then to Oak will allow the completion of the NJ Hand property, which could result in a couple of hundred more affordable housing units and the construction projects of the other developers, the Affordable Housing Corporation, STEPS/ Homes for All.

In Phase I, 72 NJ Hand units of the affordable housing were built. In Phase II, now in construction, about 58 units are being built; however, after the construction of phases I and II, no more units will be able to be built unless a sewer line is installed.

Committeeman Steven Langert as former mayor and Steve Reinman, director of economic development, have been working closely with New Jersey American Water Company to move the project forward into a new phase of development.  They established a planning committee to study the infrastructure and to work closely with New Jersey American Water to overcome obstacles keeping the project from moving forward.  

Without the sewer, the only option would be the construction of a $3 million pump station, for which affordable housing did not have the money. Putting in the sewer line, without a pump station, means affordable housing needs only a fraction of the money a pumping station would have cost AND they are able to move ahead with their project.

In addition, consumers will not have to pay as much as in the case of most residential development where the developer puts in the sewer and then the water company reimburses them for the cost, which is then passed on to rate payers or all consumers. In this instance, affordable housing officials and the township are contributing a portion of the cost of this project. Because the water company is not paying for that portion, they will not be able to build it into the rate case. This means the consumer will never pay for the portion paid for by the town and affordable housing. TLS.

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  1. Well the 8′ ft fences they left lining half the street are certainly an inconvienece and an eye sore. I understand this project is key for future infrastructure I just hope they finish it fast. Lakewood already has enough traffic issues without construction and detours.

  2. “we all live in ( LAKE NJ NOW) no more woods soon.”

    And as soon as the lake gets filled in no “LAKE” either. Need the lake property to build more houses on.

  3. FYI – the supervisor of this project told us, the residents of Spruce Street that the reason they are not working this week is because THEY NEED TO GET PERMITS – nothing to do with Purim – when they started working last week they told us that they will not be working on Wed March 7 or Thurs March 8 – Taanis Esther and Purim

    But don’t fret – it will start again on Monday March 15 FOR 2 WEEKS – so get ready to be very patient!!!!

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