Thursday, July 07, 2005

Another Hovnanian Development

Hovnanian plans to build a new development over a toxic waste dump in Atlantic Highlands. (Note to self and others: Before buying a house made by Hovnanian, make sure it was not built over a toxic waste dump, a uranium mine, or an ancient haunted Indian burial ground.)

"ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - K. Hovnanian Homes filed an application Wednesday for a use variance with the Atlantic Highlands Planning Board for the development of 32-single family homes and 10 multi-family units on the former McConnell Fuel Oil tract fronting on Sandy Hook Bay."



Anonymous Anonymous said...

This is actually good, It takes an abandoned, potentially dangerous site, and turns it into a useful neighborhood. It beats cutting down a ton of trees, or bulldozing a farm. This is actaully productive. A win-win situation for the community and the builder.

Friday, July 08, 2005 12:58:00 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here is some info on the site from the Hovnanian website. It seems they are using the clean-up as a carot for the developemnt, which seems resonable, assuming they do it properly. I have to agree seems to be a win-win.

Now, by the time they finish these homes, a monthly ferry pass to Manhattan will cost more than most peoples rent, but thats another issue.

There are three sections of the McConnell property that are a cause for concern:

* Diesel fuel, heating oil and other pollutants are in the ground in two areas.

* Groundwater is polluted with petrochemical-based products in the third area. Oil is floating on pools of water in the ground.

* All that keeps these pollutants from seeping into the bay and wreaking havoc there is a rotting wooden bulkhead at the northern edge of the property. Eventually, the bulkhead will deteriorate to a point where the contaminated water will dump into the bay.

K. Hovnanian Homes will spend whatever it takes to clean up oil, diesel fuel spills and other pollutants that are contaminating the site and threatening Sandy Hook Bay. As we perform the remediation, safety precautions will be in place to ensure that none of this contaminated water escapes into the bay.

K. Hovnanian Homes will be in full compliance with standards set by the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, which is one of the most stringent environmental protection agencies in the country.

Friday, July 08, 2005 8:14:00 PM  

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