JACKSON TOWNSHIP,NJ-A second massive sports and hotel complex is being planned in Jackson.
Originally scheduled for November, a hearing on the new project was postponed by the township after the applicant incorrectly posted the public notice.
While the Adventure Crossing Sports Complex between the Jackson Premium Outlets and Great Adventure is a locally sourced project by Jackson area residents and investors, the new, competing project has state involvement.
Governor Phil Murphy is the owner of the Sky Blue FC soccer club which is seeking to carve out a 200 acre patch of forest to build a soccer stadium, hotel and a massive sports complex in Jackson Township. If built, it will be called Trophy Park.
The huge complex, if constructed, would be built on much of the wooded land along the shore of Prospertown Lake, south of Six Flags Great Adventure. It would feature 23 full sized athletic fields and a 400,000 square foot indoor sports facility on 200 acres, according to their website and recently submitted application to the Jackson zoning board.
The building will also include a dorm facility for the players on the team plus temporary housing accommodations for up to 2,000 athletes and 60 team hotel suites, the company said.
According to the company’s website, the plan is to open the facility by 2020. A hearing for Murphy’s project will now be held on December 3rd, before the Jackson Township Planning Board.
The location of the site and redundancy of the project is trouble for many residents who actively supported the ASE project last year.
Residents also worried that the project’s inclusion of dormitories would negate the township’s ban on dormitories if approved.
The project will be south of Great Adventure, built along the banks of Prospertown Lake, in an environmentally sensitive ecosystem that was once owned by the late Stanley Switlik.
Sky Blue FC has been cited by players and fans for poor treatment of its athletes, including deplorable living conditions for player housing.
Earlier this year, Murphy denied having any knowledge of those conditions when alerted by the media.
Residents issue concern over the ability for both huge sports complexes to survive while in competition with one another. Others have questioned this project’s environmental concerns.
Deplorable Conditions for Sky Blue Women’s Soccer Team
Fans and former players of the Sky Blue FC women’s professional soccer team want their majority owner out of the picture, citing horrendous and deplorable living and working conditions.
The team is owned by New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy.
“If Gov. Phil Murphy runs the state’s government the way he runs his women’s professional soccer team, we’re all in deep trouble,” wrote Star Ledger writer Steve Politi.
“I really don’t see how you could turn that club around at this point, unless it was bought out by somebody else,” Caroline Stanley a former player said.
Several reports this week have empowered the ill-treated women to go public with their story.
Another former player, Sam Kerr spoke about the team’s deplorable living conditions.
Public Notice Published on November 23, 2018
JACKSON TOWNSHIP Notice of Hearing to Property Owners Township of Jackson Planning Board PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that on the 3rd day of December, 2018, at the Jackson Municipal Building, 95 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, NJ, the Township of Jackson Planning Board will hold a review hearing for the application of Trophy Park, Inc., at which time and place all interested parties will be given an opportunity to be heard. Said meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m. in the main meeting room of the Township Municipal Complex. The location of the premises in question is located in the CR-1 and CR-2 Zoning District; Block 3101, Lot 1 and 38-43 and Block 10801, Lots 1-7 and 20-24 as shown on the Official Tax Map of the Township of Jackson, Ocean County, New Jersey. The site has a frontage along Monmouth Road, County Route 537 and is located south of the Six Flags Theme Park. The applicant seeks approval of a General Development Plan for a commercial recreation park including but not limited to 3 restaurants, a 16,000 square foot retail building, a dual branded hotel (2 conjoined 98 room hotels), 18 court multi-sport arena, team dining hall/restaurant , team hotel reception area, 7 multi-sport athletic fields, 16 baseball/softball fields, 15 batting cages, 60 team hotel suites, snack stands/announcer booths, and Sky Blue Headquarters /Soccer Stadium with associated parking. The applicant does not request any variances in this application; however, the applicant reserves the right to request all such approvals, variances, waivers, and relief as may be necessary by the Jackson Township planning board. The applicant also seeks conditional use approval for commercial recreational activity uses including but not limited to baseball fields, soccer fields and various other sports activities. A copy of the application, documents and maps are on file with the Secretary of the Planning Board and may be inspected at least 10 days prior to the scheduled hearing an may be reviewed during regular business hours at 95 West Veterans Highway, Jackson, New Jersey, by all interested parties. JOHN J. JACKSON, III Attorney for TROPHY PARK, INC