FMERA currently has four Staff Advisory Committees: Environmental, Historic Preservation, Housing and Veterans. These committees are comprised of Board Members as well as members of the public, and each committee is Chaired by a Board Member. Committee composition is determined by the Authority in accordance with its by-laws. The purpose of the Staff Advisory Committees is to address issues related to the redevelopment and reuse of Fort Monmouth, and help the staff resolve those issues. Additionally, as required by the Authority’s enabling Act and by-laws, the Historic Preservation and Environmental Staff Advisory Committees serve as the exclusive “historic preservation commission” and the “environmental commission” for land use matters within the project areas.
Unless otherwise indicated, the Staff Advisory Committee Meetings are not open to the Public, but each Chairperson reports out to the Board, and to the Public, on the Committee’s activities and findings at the monthly meetings of the Authority. The committees do not have the authority to take any action binding FMERA.
Historic Preservation Staff Advisory Committee
- Mayor Jay Coffey, Chairman
- Randall Gabrielan, Monmouth County Representative
- Gary Baldwin, Tinton Falls Representative
- Kathy English, Eatontown Representative
- Oceanport Representative – Open
- Edward O’Neill, College Educator
- Ned Gaunt, Developer by Trade
- Real Estate Professional – Open
- Dorothy Guzzo, Advocacy Group Representative
Housing Staff Advisory Committee
- Sean Thompson, Chairman
- Donna Blaze, Monmouth County Representative
- Linda Zucaro, Tinton Falls Representative
- Mayor Dennis Connelly, Eatontown Representative
- Steve Briskey, Oceanport Representative
- College Educator – Open
- Developer by Trade – Open
- Paul Ceppi, Real Estate Professional
- John Yaecker, Advocacy Group Representative
Veterans Staff Advisory Committee
- Lillian Burry, Chairwoman
- Sue Moleon, Monmouth County Representative
- Gary Baldwin, Tinton Falls Representative
- Everett Lucas, Eatontown Representative
- Oceanport Representative – Open
- Steve Curto, College Educator
- Scott Havard, Developer by Trade
- Real Estate Developer – Open
- Chris Gramicionni, Advocacy Group Representative
Environmental Staff Advisory Committee
- Kenneth J. Kloo, Chairman
- Linda Range, Department of Environmental Protection, Case Manager
- Jennifer DiLorenzo, Monmouth County Representative
- Edward Dlugosz, Eatontown Representative
- Richard Gruskos, Oceanport Representative
- Jonathan Cohen, Tinton Falls Representative
- Real Estate Professional – Open
- Developer by Trade – Open
- Barbara T. Reagor, Ph.D. – College Educator
- Ben Forest, Advocacy Group Representative
Environmental Staff Advisory Committee Updates
January 29, 2018
- Summary of the Mandatory Conceptual Review (MCR) applications submitted for Building 501 and Building 552. Staff advised the Committee that the Environmental Features Checklists submitted by each of the applicants, identified no detrimental impact to environmental features for either project, therefore, no further action by the Committee is warranted.
- Discussion regarding the various parcels throughout the Fort where the Army has secured No Further Action (NFA) letters from the NJDEP. These include the following: Parcel 35 located at the Teen Center in Tinton Falls; Parcel 70 located at Armstrong Hall on the Main Post in Oceanport; Parcels 102 A, B & D located at the Former Skeet Range on the M3 landfill; Parcel 97 at the East Electrical Substation; and Parcel 108 at Building 167 in the 400 Area in Oceanport.
- Discussion regarding FMERA’s environmental consultant performing additional testing at Howard Commons, and FMERA is awaiting the final results. Staff will share the consultant’s findings at the next meeting.
- Update on the Myer Center demolition. T&M Associates has been contracted by the New Jersey Economic Development Authority as the project designer and engineers, and Tricon Enterprises has been contracted to perform the abatement and demolition. The abatement activities, which include the removal of asbestos-containing and universal waste materials, will proceed from quadrant to quadrant throughout the building. Each quadrant will be sealed off upon completion of the abatement and before Tricon moves on to the next quadrant. Abatement activities will begin in January 2018 and are scheduled to be completed within six months. Demolition activities are scheduled to begin by March 2018 and be completed by February 2019. A project fact sheet can be found at fortmonmouthnj.com.
- Update on the seven upcoming Requests for Offers to Purchase (RFOTPs) that will be issued in 2018.
- Army has submitted a Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to the NJDEP to remove the vault and excavate contaminated soil associated with the former neutralization pit for the Myer Center.
- Army has submitted a work plan to the NJDEP to perform a pilot test with chemical oxidation to address the source contaminants of an existing solvent plume at the Former Dry-Cleaning facility in Oceanport.
- Army has received a Record of Decision (ROD) approval from the NJDEP for landfills M2 and M8 to perform hot spot removal due to PCB detections at these landfills. Once these actions are completed, the Army will be capping each of the nine landfills with 2 feet of clean soil.
- Summary of the planned sewer main extension project with Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority (TRWRA). A portion of this extension lies at the boundary of the M5 and M8 landfills. Army will create a path through the landfills and TRWRA will obtain a Landfill Disruption Approval which will allow the project to proceed.
- Summary of the Spill Prevention, Control and Countermeasures Plan (SPCC) for the Fort property, which is a Federal requirement to prevent, prepare for and respond to oil spills that occur in and around inland waters.
- Discussion regarding the Phase 1 water main extension work being completed in the Oceanport section of the Fort. The work includes the installation of a 2-mile water extension. Required testing continues in the interim.
- Discussion regarding of the sanitary line break at Suneagles Golf Couse. The leak was caused by a frozen pipe located at the Megill Housing and has since been repaired.
November 6, 2017
- Discussion regarding a summary of the Parcel C project located in Tinton Falls. The developer, U.S. Homes, d/b/a Lennar, submitted a Mandatory Conceptual Review (MCR) application for the project. The applicant submitted an Environmental Impact Report, completed by Maser Consulting dated October 4, 2017, which provides detail on the environmental impacts of the development. The applicant has identified three potential isolated wetland areas along Tinton Avenue and has submitted a Letter of Interpretation – Line Verification to the DEP to verify the location and anticipated minimal resource value of the wetland areas. The applicant is proposing to fill these small wetland areas for improvements to Tinton Avenue as recommended by the County of Monmouth. The applicant has applied for a Freshwater Wetlands General Permit 6 to authorize these fill activities. Committee members discussed other aspects of the project, including surface runoff collection, an open space park area of approximately 1.5 acres to be preserved, and sediment controls. The Committee had no additional comments on the proposed development.
- Discussion regarding a summary of the second phase of development proposed by Trinity Hall Corporation at the former Child Development Center, also in Tinton Falls. Trinity Hall submitted a MCR application for the project. The applicant has proposed a subsurface detention basin to comply with applicable stormwater management regulations. The stormwater management design includes two outfalls into the Wampum Brook tributary located on site, which is concrete lined, replacing the existing stormwater outfalls into the tributary that will be removed. The applicant is seeking a Flood Hazard Area Individual Permit for the construction of the two outfalls, as well as grading activities, which encroach upon the Flood Hazard Area and riparian zone. The Committee recommended the applicant provide details on the stormwater management plan as it pertains to available capacity. The Committee discussed roof stormwater runoff versus parking lot runoff and the use of pervious surfaces where practicable and feasible. Finally, the Committee recommends the applicant consider the installation of solar panels on the building’s roof. The Committee’s comments and recommendations will be incorporated in to the Authority’s MCR letter.
- Discussion regarding a summary of the potential Sherrill Avenue sewer main extension project, currently under discussion with Two Rivers Water Reclamation Authority (TRWRA). A portion of the sewer main extension may potentially lie within the boundaries of M8 landfill. It was noted that the DEP recently completed its review and signed the Record of Decision on the M2 and M8 landfills. The Committee discussed the existing sanitary sewer infrastructure and the permitting process for this new main extension.
- Discussion regarding the DEP Case Manager description of the proposed work to remove the slab and excavate soils as proposed in the Remedial Investigation/Feasibility Study prepared by the Army for the former neutralization pit located at Building 2700, known as the Myer Center in Tinton Falls. The DEP has recommended the Army pursue in-situ remediation as well.
- Discussion regarding the hydraulic lifts present at Building 699 in Oceanport. The Army is scheduled to submit a report on this building to the DEP by the end of the year.
- Discussion regarding Carve-out Parcel 102, a former skeet range and the safety zone as estimated by the Army. The Army has submitted a No Further Action determination request to the DEP for Carve-out Parcel 102.
- Update on the water main installation work and the timing of construction. FMERA continues to sample the water in the existing system on a monthly basis and also continues to be compliant with the DEP drinking water regulations.
- Discussion regarding the Army’s putting together a work plan to conduct sampling related to Environmental Carve-out Parcel 105, located in the Squier Hall parcel. This work plan will be submitted to the DEP for their review and approval.
Discussion regarding a summary of eight upcoming Requests for Offers to Purchase planned in 2018.
October 2, 2017
- Discussion regarding the Parcel C-1 project located in Tinton Falls. The developer, U.S. Homes, d/b/a Lennar, submitted a Mandatory Conceptual Review (MCR) application for the project. FMERA staff has determined that the submitted Fort Monmouth Environmental Features checklist accompanying the MCR application demonstrates that the project does not detrimentally impact habitat areas, open space or sensitive environmental features as listed on the environmental features checklist. The Committee discussed the buffer from the apparent wetlands boundary, the applicant’s plan to address surface runoff and connection of the site to adjacent parcels. No further action by the Committee is warranted.
- Discussion regarding the latest round of work plans submitted by the Army to the NJDEP with the goal of assisting NJDEP in determining priorities for review.
- Discussion regarding the Myer Center demolition project and conveyance approved the Board at its September meeting. It was noted that the Army has submitted a Remedial Investigation/ Feasibility Study for the former neutralization pit located in the courtyard of the building. This is currently under review by the NJDEP. The Committee discussed the asbestos abatement process prior to demolition.
- Discussion regarding the anticipated water main extension work to be completed in the Oceanport section of the Fort as well as the Main Post sanitary sewer system.
- Discussion regarding the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for an approximately. 5.2-acre parcel that includes Building 283, Squier Hall, is currently out for public comment. The Army reports that all comments are due by October 7th.
- Summary of parcel closings on the Fort, as well as current projects in negotiation.
- Discussion regarding the updated Soil Remediation Standards recently published and adopted by the NJDEP for seven polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, as well as other compounds. FMERA will provide a link to more information for the Committee members.
August 9, 2017
- FMERA staff opened the meeting with a summary of the Army’s position regarding detections of polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, and the potential sources of these chemicals. The Committee then discussed three of the eight sites throughout the Fort where FMERA staff is tracking the presence of PAHs and the Army’s response. In particular, the Committee focused on the presence of PAHs in the environmental carve-outs within the Squier Hall parcel in Oceanport.
- The New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJ EDA) has received nine responses to an invitation to bid on the abatement, demolition and site improvements for the Myers Center parcel in Tinton Falls. The NJ EDA is reviewing the bids. FMERA staff provided a description of the former neutralization pit located in the courtyard of the Myer Center, and previous Army work at the site. In June of 2017 the Army submitted a Remedial Investigation / Feasibility Study (RI/FS) to the NJ DEP to remove the concrete vault, which is the primary source of contamination within the environmental carve-out parcel. The Committee discussed the timing for the DEP’s review as well as the Army’s work.
- FMERA staff provided a summary of the potential redevelopment planned in the vicinity of the McAfee Center in Oceanport. FMERA and the DEP are awaiting the submission of the Army’s RI/FS for the former Main Post gas station, environmental carve-out Parcel 52. Of concern are the hydraulic lifts and the associated underground hydraulic oil storage tanks, which the Army has not yet agreed to investigate. FMERA and DEP will discuss a strategy to compel the Army to investigate these areas.
- The Army has submitted a work plan to perform chemical oxidation to address the source contaminants of an existing plume at the former dry-cleaning facility in Oceanport. The DEP Case Manager noted that the DEP has issued permits for this activity.
- The Committee discussed the existing NJ Tidelands claims that run throughout Fort Monmouth, and the affect these claims have on the ability to sell parcels. FMERA is working with the DEP and future purchasers to address these claims over time.
June 5, 2017
- The Committee thanked NJDEP Case Manager Linda Range for her many years of service to the State and to the Fort Monmouth redevelopment effort. The Committee welcomed Ashish Joshi, who will be taking over as the Fort Monmouth case manager for Ms. Range upon her retirement from State service on June 30th. The FMERA Executive Director provided a summary of the Committee’s purpose and membership, and the Committee members introduced themselves, providing their affiliation and background information.
- The Committee reviewed the various parcels throughout the Fort where the Army has recently secured No Further Action (NFA) letters from the DEP. These include the following: Parcel 35 at the Teen Center in Tinton Falls; portions of Parcel 51 at the Motor Pool in Eatontown and the former thrift shop in Oceanport; portions of 49 and 50 at Squier Hall in Oceanport; Parcel 64 near the Commissary in Oceanport; and portions of Parcels 78, 79, 81 and 84 to the east of Oceanport Avenue. The Committee discussed the timeline for the Army to draft a Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for these parcels.
- FMERA staff provided a summary of the ongoing work related to the former dry-cleaning facility along the Avenue of Memories in Oceanport. Discussions with the NJDEP and Army continue.
- It was noted that the Record of Decision for seven of the former landfills located at Fort Monmouth has been submitted to the NJDEP and is undergoing review.
- FMERA continues to be compliant with all water distribution regulations. The public may access information regarding Fort Monmouth’s water system at the New Jersey Drinking Water Watch website. The Committee discussed upcoming monitoring requirements, as well as the flushing practices in place.
- FMERA staff provided a summary of recent Requests for Offers to Purchase issued by FMERA. FMERA is evaluating proposals for three parcels in Oceanport, and plans to issue a Request for Sealed Bids for the Bowling Center in Eatontown in the near future.
May 17, 2017
Kenneth J. Kloo stated that the Committe met on May 1st and discussed the following:
- Discussion relative to the management of contaminated soils to be excavated at specific remediation sites in the Phase 2 property. The Committee discussed the potential for using the soils for site preparation and/or grading under the final cap as part of the closure of the landfills, as appropriate. This approach may reduce costs associated with purchasing clean soil for grading purposes while simultaneously avoiding costs for disposing of minimally contaminated soil.
- FMERA staff summarized recent discussions with the NJ DEP Water Resources Management Program related to the Fort’s water system, and updated the Committee on the status of the water main installation in the Oceanport section of the Fort. FMERA plans to continue the monthly flushing of the water system.
- The public comment period for the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for carve-outs located within Parcels 28, 38 and 69 closed on April 7th. The Army Corps of Engineers is now working on a deed for conveyance of the carve-outs within the three parcels to FMERA. These are the first carve-outs to be transferred.
- The Committee discussed the location and potential sources of two methane gas detections at the M-14 landfill in Oceanport. The Army met with the NJ DEP in relation to this issue and a resolution was expected in the coming days.
- Update on ECP Parcels 35, 51, 53, and 76. The Army has received No Further Action determination at several sites within Parcel 51, the County’s Motor Pool in Eatontown, but must provide additional information on two sites within the carve-out; FMERA staff has encouraged the Army to address the issues at Parcel 53 in Eatontown through either compliance averaging or soil excavation. The Army has received a No Further Action determination for two former underground storage tanks at Parcel 76 in Oceanport.
- FMERA staff summarized the Army’s field activities at two sites: Parcel 34, located on Parcel F-3 in Tinton Falls, purchased by the Monmouth County Parks System in February, where the Army has installed three new monitoring wells and collected samples in March; and Parcel 96, the former dry-cleaning facility near Building 700 in Oceanport, where the Army has completed its fieldwork and collected samples in March as well. Both sets of results are expected in the coming months.
- Summary of property closings in the early months of 2017 and the closings expected in the coming weeks. FMERA has received proposals for two parcels in Oceanport and is in negotiations for the Golf Course in Eatontown.
March 15, 2017
Kenneth J. Kloo stated that the Committee met on March 6th and discussed the following:
- Discussion regarding the soil sampling results for the Squier Hall parcel in Oceanport and implications for the potential developer. Results indicate low-level contamination with polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons, or PAHs, which the Army may attribute to asphalt pavement. The Committee discussed strategies for addressing the contamination.
- Discussion regarding the current Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) FMERA has with the NJ Economic Development Authority (EDA) for the engineering plans for demolition of the Myer Center in Tinton Falls, and the current environmental carve-out located in the courtyard of the building, where a former neutralization pit for chemicals from the building is located. The Committee discussed the former treatment system the Army had in place, as well as the sampling results from the area. FMERA is recommending the Army remove the vault and address the localized contamination. The Committee discussed the plans for demolition of the building, the Army’s timeline for providing a Remediation Investigation and Feasibility Study for the carve-out, and the overall site’s marketability.
- Update on the Army’s work to address the groundwater contamination at the former dry cleaning site located along the Avenue of Memories in Oceanport. Additional sampling will be conducted in the near future and a report will be submitted to the DEP.
- Update on the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for Parcels 28, 38 and 69, which will be posted on the Army website this week.
- Summary of compliance reporting requirements FMERA will be completing.
- Update on the results of the deer management plan initiated by FMERA related to the opening of Route 537/Avenue of Memories.
- Discussion regarding the Mandatory Conceptual Review application received from FM Partners, LLC, the contracted purchaser of the former fitness center in Oceanport. The Environmental Features Checklist submitted by the applicant indicated that no detrimental impact to environmental features was identified, therefore, no further action by the Committee is warranted. The purchaser will, however, be applying for a Wetlands Permit from the DEP.
- Update on the latest real estate transactions.
- Discussion regarding the volunteers to perform routine water monitoring of various waterways throughout Oceanport Borough that may result in a request for access to perform sampling along the shorelines within the Fort Monmouth property.
January 18, 2017
Kenneth J. Kloo stated that the Committee met on January 9th and discussed the following:
- Discussion regarding a potential project currently in negotiations for the Squier Hall parcel in Oceanport, which may include the use of the former landfills known as FTMM-08 and FTMM-18. A portion of the parcel is within environmental carve-outs and the developer has expressed interest in a potential lease of the property in order to begin investigations and site work. The Army has prepared a Finding of Suitability to Lease (FOSL) for the Squier Hall building and surrounding development area. FMERA staff shared details of the FOSL, which was available for public comment until December 27th. The Committee discussed the leasing process, the potential redevelopment on and near the landfills, and the landfill closure plan under development.
- Discussion regarding the Mandatory Conceptual Review (MCR) application received from Pinebrook Commerce Center, LLC, the contracted purchaser of the former Fabrication Shops in Tinton Falls. No detrimental impacts were identified in the Environmental Features Checklist submitted by the applicant, therefore, no further action by the Committee is warranted.
- Update on Parcels 28, 38 and 69. These three environmental carve-outs have received No Further Action (NFA) letters from the NJ DEP. The Army has begun drafting the Finding of Suitability to Transfer (FOST) for these three parcels and, when complete, the drafts will be posted for public review and comment.
- Discussion regarding a proposed trail network that incorporates the planned blue/green belt system envisioned in the Reuse Plan with the current and upcoming development projects, the Army’s potential landfill closure plan and existing wetlands mapping.
- FMERA staff provided an update on the controlled bow hunt approved by the NJ DEP Division of Fish and Wildlife, which will continue until January 28th.
- Update on discussions with the NJ DEP Bureau of Safe Drinking Water, and the plan to advise tenants and visitors to the site that no potable water will be available for a period of time. A program of bottled water distribution will being in the interim.
- FMERA staff provided a summary of the current Requests for Offers to Purchase for the Lodging Area and Allison Hall Complex in Oceanport.