Hooper-Caudina Redevelopment Plan
The Redevelopment Area consists of 258 undersized (20’x100’) tax lots and seven paper streets in a mostly wooded portion of Toms River to the east of the Hooper Avenue, south of Caudina Avenue and north of the office complex that includes various offices of the County of Ocean. The total area is approximately 22 acres. The Redevelopment Area is predominantly wooded, but includes the fire substation of Toms River Fire Company No. 2, which owns all of Block 607.
Many of the undersized lots were acquired under the same ownership with other lots by a single property owner. However, no one entity has been able to assemble the entire 22 acre area and the Township remains the owner of the paper streets and one entire block (592) of undersized lots.
The goal of the Hooper-Caudina Redevelopment Plan is to promote the development of a campus for a new VA clinic for Ocean County, situated with convenient access to related services for veterans and the public at large. The relocation of the post office to the same campus and the connection of the campus with the adjacent office park where the County is planning on building new office facilities to house several County departments, including the Office of Veterans Affairs, will address multiple needs for veterans in a single destination. The redevelopment area would be connected to Seacourt Pavilion and the approved multifamily development adjacent to the Redevelopment Area will include affordable units for which veterans preference can be offered.
The redevelopment of the Hooper-Caudina Redevelopment Area is to be guided by the following objectives:
1. Provide health services and create new employment with convenient access to a mix of residential, business retail commercial and entertainment uses;
2. Encourage development that will help promote interconnected uses;
3. Ensure that all buildings are consistent with and enhanced by high-quality streetscape amenities;
4. Enable major new facilities to reenergize existing retail centers along the Hooper Avenue corridor and support the economic viability of the Ocean County Mall.