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Proposed Super Walmart Can't Proceed Without NJDOT Approval

Permit agreement must be reached among state, developer and municipalities

The long-proposed Super Walmart, which is planned for the corner of Route 37 and Northampton Boulevard between Toms River and Manchester, would need to pass New Jersey Department of Transportation clearances before it can proceed.

Timothy Greeley, press officer for the NJDOT, said the arrangement “is an ongoing major access permitting issue”, and that to allow development along a state highway such as Route 37, “a developer permit agreement must be reached among the state, the developer and the township” in order to accommodate the expected increased traffic flow.

That permit agreement would require the developer of the Super Walmart, Jaylin Holdings, to make modifications to the current intersection at Route 37 and Northampton Boulevard in order to account for the increase in traffic in that area.

“Currently, NJDOT has issued two initial permits for the developer to advance its plans, but we are still awaiting further paperwork from the developer before the final agreement can be prepared and executed. No construction could begin until that agreement is finalized. Our latest communication with the developer was in late-October,” Greeley said.

According to the NJOT, the major improvements to be constructed by the developer under the agreement include the following:

  • The Route 37 East ramp to Northampton Boulevard would be reconstructed and relocated further from the intersection to provide more waiting room for northbound motorists approaching the intersection.
  • Northampton Boulevard, at the southern approach to Route 37, would be widened to provide two dedicated left turn lanes onto Route 37 West, with one through lane heading north and one right turn lane onto Route 37 eastbound.
  • Northampton Boulevard, at the northern approach to Route 37, would be widened to provide two dedicated left turn lanes onto Route 37 East, one heading south and one right turn lane onto Route 37 West.
  • The Northampton Boulevard approaches currently only provide two lanes at the intersection – a left-turn/through lane and a right turn lane. The Route 37 westbound approach to Northampton Boulevard would be widened to provide a new dedicated right turn lane onto Northampton Boulevard northbound. The existing traffic signals would be modified to accommodate the new turn-lanes as well.

Regarding possible impacts to traffic at the intersection, Toms River Planner Jay Lynch confirmed that since Route 37 is a state-controlled highway, the NJDOT would need to approve any construction in that area according to their own specifications.

“There are some improvements they’re looking for, and reports have to be filed,” Lynch said.

Lynch said the proposal plan had worked its way through planning boards both in Toms River and Manchester (due to the site’s location on the border of both towns), but that the NJDOT “has the ultimate call” in whether the construction will come to fruition.

“It would be nice if (the Walmart) is there,” Lynch said. “We’ve supported the development proposal, and we’ll have to wait and see.”

Manchester Township Planning Board Coordinator Marianne Borthwick stated that traffic engineering studies conducted at the intersection of Route 37 and Northampton Boulevard showed that the surrounding roads will be able to accommodate the new traffic flow, should the Super Walmart come to that location.

“With the changes that were implemented to the plan (by the NJDOT), they’ve allotted for traffic movement at the site, and the plan was approved by both planning boards in Manchester and Toms River,” Borthwick said. “The revised plan came in based on what the NJDOT wanted to see. Our planning board felt it was a good plan, and approved it.”

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance (PPA) and the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) have previously expressed concern and opposition regarding the construction of the Super Walmart, due to their belief that the building will threaten the habitat and local population of the Northern Pine Snake.

However, a compromise was reached earlier this year between the NJDEP and Jaylin Holdings, that for every developed acre of the Super Walmart, 10 acres would be set aside to protect the Northern Pine Snake’s habitat. With the store planned to be 21 acres in size, that amounts to more than 200 acres of Pitch Pine trees and small sandy hills that go on for miles alongside Route 37.

Planned conservation efforts include Jaylin’s construction of five den areas called hibernacula, canopy sections needed for snake basking, nesting areas and a fence to block human interaction.

Catherine Galioto and Gregory Kyriakakis contributed to this story.

Doris Cauda December 07, 2011 at 01:19 PM
I understand that it took more than seven years to get approval for the new Shop Rite so how many more years will it take for the Super Walmart? And,YES, we do need the new store. The old Wal Mart is much smaller and doesn't carry what the Super store carries. The Wal Mart in Lacey has just about everything. But the best line in this story is the requirements the developer must provide for the Northern Pine snake! Canopies? Nesting areas? Fences to keep humans away? What about us HUMANS? The EPA is out of control !
carolyn December 07, 2011 at 02:30 PM
Can't wait for the new super walmart. The traffic will not be any different than it is now. This is all political garbage. And the snake issue is just another ploy!
Barry Fleckmann December 07, 2011 at 03:13 PM
It's the Northern Pine Snakes's world, we're just living in it.
Billabong December 07, 2011 at 03:22 PM
And the new Walmart is going to change all this? Please. FYI, there are and will be jughandles before and after the new Walmart site (Northampton jughandle and Commonwealth jughandle). And if you think building a new store a couple of miles down is going to alleviate the problem of "way too many seniors who can't drive," think again.
Shelly December 07, 2011 at 03:22 PM
Jeez ... if you want to talk about a parking / traffic nightmare, just look at the ShopRite on Fisher Blvd. You take your life in your hands just going from your car to the store, with all these people pulling out of parking spaces and then trying to grab one. I hate going there. I use to go to the old Foodtown, just to avoid ShopRite. Who approved THAT planning? And weren't there any freaking pine snakes in the woods off Fisher? It's time to just approve the Super Walmart and stop all these phoney oppositions. I'll be happy to do my shopping in one place AND get better prices. It's not right that people in our area are held hostage to high food prices because certain supermarket chains are afraid of competition. How worried were THEY about the mom-and-pop local stores that THEY annihilated decades ago?
HS December 07, 2011 at 03:31 PM
I smell white trash.
Shelly December 07, 2011 at 03:33 PM
Then I suggest you take a shower.
WhyohWhy December 07, 2011 at 03:49 PM
Amen...Doris and Shelly!
dianne December 07, 2011 at 04:00 PM
If you have enough money anything can and will be built,just buy someone off. And of course this state has a vendetta against trees,animals anything else that I guess doesnt vote. Humans are So arrogant thinking everything is theirs to ruin. What about ALL the strip malls that are half(or totally empty)?
Mattie December 07, 2011 at 04:05 PM
Billabong, I'm not saying it's going to eliminate jug handles, only that its simply a matter of the new Walmart being located in a better place for traffic and traffic management. Where it is now is way more congested with traffic and driveways in and out of places. It's dangerous. If you are heading east on 37 and want to go into Walmart, there isn't even a proper jug handle or left hand turn lane- you have to turn after Friendly's, cut through the parking lots behind the furniture store and BJ's to come out across from the Walmart entrance. Crazy.
Mike December 07, 2011 at 04:10 PM
Government getting in the way of the job creators again. But, do not fear, once the politicians pockets are filled with cash, the project will go through. This IS New Jersey after all!
Silver dollar December 07, 2011 at 04:37 PM
Will the new Walmart have Wind Turbines in the parking lot ?
Jc December 07, 2011 at 11:44 PM
Walmart has the most employees on public assistance We the tax payers are paying for medical insurance and other social programs because of corporate greed.These workers deserve respect,a living wage,affordable company sponsored health care,a 40 hour work week (28 is full time),reasonable scheduling and an open door policy with no repercussions.
Doris Cauda December 08, 2011 at 12:41 AM
Jc: do you know this for a fact? Where did you get your information? Can you prove what you've written about "corporate greed"? Or are you just another left-wing Liberal/Progressive spouting the Union pablum! At least, at Wal Mart, they have a job and low income shoppers are able to buy at reasonable prices. Would you rather see these employees on the unemployment line. Oh, wait...the Libs did away with the unemployment line. The checks are mailed now, as long as the post office is in business.
marcy December 08, 2011 at 02:41 AM
The heck with a Walmart. Is that all Toms River is worth? There already is a regular Walmart. How many do we need?
Joseph Herbert December 08, 2011 at 04:38 AM
Please, not another "big box superstore" this proposed Wall Mart will wipe out every small retailer and Mom & Pop store for ten miles.
Joseph Herbert December 08, 2011 at 04:39 AM
Oh, an by the way, don't we have enough relabled Chinese junk in this Country anyway?
. December 08, 2011 at 04:44 AM
I work for a company that sells to Walmart. They insist on foreign made goods, China, India or Pakistan. If they wanted American made goods, we would have many more jobs in this country than Walmart can provide. They sell inferior junk and by shopping there, people promote their business tactics. They are ruthless in business and have ruined this country by their insistence of only foreign good at the cheapest prices. It is enough that I have to deal with them at my job. I would never set foot in one of their stores. If any of you ever get a chance, watch the documentary called Walmart, The High Price of Low Cost. It will change your opinions of wanting yet a bigger one of their stores in the area.
Denise December 08, 2011 at 12:23 PM
We don't need another WalMart (Wally World), snakes or not! Then what will happen to the old WalMart building? I'm sure something else will take it over, but there's just too much over development and not enough environment. Why do you think there is so much flooding up in North Jersey? Overdevelopment!! Let's learn from other's mistakes. Do we really NEED another store of any kind here. There are plenty. You want a Super WalMart, then drive to Lacey!
Mattie December 08, 2011 at 01:20 PM
Here's a newsflash... America doesn't produce products like we used to, anymore. Oh, we still make SOME stuff, like overpriced cars (parts of them anyway), wine and alcohol, and ... well I can't think of anything else off hand... We no longer lead the world in electronics, or any other technology, cars, steel, clothing/fashion, etc. I boycotted Walmart for many many years because they chose to buy foreign before it was truly necessary. It was the only way for them to sell cheap crap for cheap prices. Now they have no choice, none of us do... America doesn't make stuff anymore. And what we do still make is over priced - and it's still cheap crap. No pride in manufacturing for the most part. I know there are exceptions, but I'm speaking in general terms. JMO
Shore Skeptic December 08, 2011 at 03:04 PM
OMG! Somebody call Ken G! This thread is getting nasty. Moderator! Moderator! /sarc
Shore Skeptic December 08, 2011 at 03:11 PM
You can thank Hillary Clinton for bringing all the Chinese junk into Wally World. And she wasn't exactly "pro-union" either: http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/story?id=4218509&page=1#.TuDSqVaReSo Her husband got it wrong too... "China with more than a billion people is home to the largest potential market in the world… If Congress makes the right decision, our companies will be able to sell and distribute products in China made by American workers on American soil, without being forced to relocate manufacturing to China. …We will be able to export products without exporting jobs." ~Bill Clinton (2000)
Mark Wendell December 09, 2011 at 01:52 AM
This store was forced down our throats by the worlds worst mayor and township committe that does not care about any non senior resident or pine lake park one bit. All they want is the tax money from the worlds most corrupt and greedy corparation who has contrubuted to the downfall of America. The intersection has been mobbed since Toms River schools moved their bus terminal to the Toms River Industrial Park and will only be worse when the crapmart opeans.
Mark Wendell December 09, 2011 at 02:02 AM
Doris do you even live in the U.S. or are you in India. "Cheap" prices killed US jobs. Wal Marts "jobs" and the desire for low low prices have caused those people to be low income. How sad it is that in America we say things like "you sould be glad to have a job" Yeah a min wag job at wal mart insted of a livible income at GM with a pension. Oh but luckily we can all buy a 6 pack of underware for $2.50 paid for by the welfare check that comes because wal mart does not pay a decent wage. More wal mart workers are on welfare than any company in America. More wal mart workers go bankrupt for health bills than any other corparation.
Shelly December 09, 2011 at 03:11 AM
Ha! Name five "small retailers" and/or "Mom & Pop" stores that still EXIST within ten miles. They were wiped out YEARS ago by OTHER chain stores, malls and retailers. That ship sailed long before Walmart opened it's doors.
BN December 09, 2011 at 12:27 PM
1. Rosatos 2. Nick's Produce 3. Community Surgical 4. AJAY Appliance 5. The Inner Net Store
Mattie December 09, 2011 at 01:11 PM
Rosatos; Decent store for between-shopping trips. Good cold cuts, Expensive over all. By the way, I'm NEVER happy with their produce which always seems to be on the verge of going bad in 2 days. That's because they buy bottom of the barrel quality produce to keep those prices low. Everything else in the store is pricey compared to Shop-Rite and Walmart. Nicks produce; never heard of it. Community Surgical; What exactly do they sell, and How often would we need to shop there? AJAY appliance is VERY OVERPRICED. The only reason they are still in business after 40 yrs (or whatever) is because they 'cater' to Seniors who don't care about shopping around, CANT shop around for better prices and selection, or just think that shopping 'local' means getting a better deal. The Inner Net Store; never heard of it.
Joseph Cameltion June 20, 2012 at 07:27 PM
Hometown Market (half mile down the road) Charlie's Pizza Juliana's Joy Style in Action Hair Salon ...all Mom & Pop shops serving the local community and working hard. Wal-Mart will create jobs and bring more business to Route 37 West, where there are thousands, not hundreds, thousands of homes to be built in the next few years. Things will be ok.
Patchman September 19, 2012 at 01:54 PM
Amen to that! The tree-huggers are running and ruining the place. When Walmart opens, I hope they run a sale on CHAINSAWS!!!
Sue September 19, 2012 at 02:03 PM
Sorry, Repubs. Your pal Dick Nixon opened the Chinese Pandora's box when he was the first president to go to "Red China." In the 21st century, no one can ignore the billion-pound elephant in the room -- no matter how much you want to go back to "the good old days" in your little minds. Sames goes for restricting voting rights, banning abortions after rape and incest, etc., tax breaks for millionaires and oil companies, etc.

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