Hooper Ave. Retail Space Approved for Subdivisions

Chipotle and Jersey Mikes among businesses planned for the space

Toms River planners have approved a plan to subdivide a Hooper Avenue retail space, provided the applicant construct no more than three units in the building. 

The plan by applicant Toms River Equities for a use variance to divide the former home of Coconuts Music and Movies at 1258 Hooper Ave. first came before the township's Planning Board in early December. At the time, board members expressed concern that the single space across from the Ocean County Mall could become a strip mall. 

"I just don't see this building working divided into two or three units, or five units," board Chairman Bill Suchodolski said at the time. 

The applicant returned in mid-December and proposed that no more than four tenants will occupy the space. A counter proposal of three units was made by the board and accepted by board members, according to the resolution outlining the approval passed by the board on Jan. 16.

A Jersey Mike's Subs and a Chipotle Mexican Grill are planned for two of the spaces; it remains unclear what will occupy the third or when construction will begin to retrofit the building. 

Under the three-unit plan for the 14,568 square foot building, one space will be 3,648 square feet and the remaining two must comply with the 5,000 square foot minimum space requirement set by ordinance, according to the resolution. 

During his first appearance before the board in December, applicant planner Brett Skapinetz contended that the space has adequate parking and would not resemble a strip mall. Further, finding one retailer to occupy the one space, which has been vacant for about two years, would be more difficult than attracting several smaller businesses, he said.

"There are fewer tenants than there used to be in that mid-size range," Skapinetz said at the time. "If it's multi-tenant, it doesn't become a strip center. It's the same building that's already there. All of the characteristics of the neighborhood stay the same."

JD January 19, 2013 at 02:16 PM
You are clueless. Go read what you initially wrote. Apparantly you are starting to get it but not quite there yet. All that you have described goes to state and fed. Nothing to local or county. Minimum wage part-time jobs part-time produce very little if any state of fed taxes. The amount of cash in tips never hitting the books... not to mention revenue not hitting the books for restaurants, etc... and none of it goes to TR or county.
letsgetreal January 19, 2013 at 04:37 PM
JD Your mental block of not understanding what I am saying has worn me out...I give up you figure it out....apparently you did not pay attention in school very well. Also any job in this town at this point or this state is GOOD how ignorant and selfish can you be. I got news for you TR is not getting any Small Cap business nor any BIG industry anytime soon so take what you get. Besides that fact that I am arguing with what appears to be an IDIOT is really my downfall at this point. I say that with the utmost respect! Yeaaa
Speed Racer March 23, 2013 at 06:01 PM
5000 sq ft for a sub shop? they only need 2000. How are they going to make it? In any case, at least something is going there. Hooper is starting to look like Rt 37 with the empty buildings.
Staceaface May 22, 2013 at 03:22 PM
Does anyone know if this is still in the works?
Shane May 28, 2013 at 06:21 PM
There is a Lumber Liqudators sign up there now as of this week.


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