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Environmental Cleanup Begins at Formerly ‘Abandoned’ Brick Gas Station

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Trucks roll in and out of a former Texaco station on Route 88 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Trucks roll in and out of a former Texaco station on Route 88 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Environmental remediation work has begun at a formerly abandoned gas station on Route 88 in Brick Township, the first station of several on the highway where there is activity following years of deterioration.

“Whoever is going to reopen that gas station had to put in permits, a cleanup plan, and everything else” necessary to go back into business, said Mayor John Ducey.

The station, a former Texaco located at the intersection of Route 88 and Coolidge Avenue, went through a lengthy state approval process that required reviews from a number of agencies, including the state Department of Transportation, which earlier this year requested that Brick Township officials ban left turns onto the state highway in the area of the station. For safety reasons, the DOT advised Brick officials that cars turning left onto the highway should do so from a side street rather than the gas station parking lot. The council passed the measure shortly thereafter.

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The site is owned by 2086 Route 88, LLC, which won approval from the township’s Board of Adjustment in 2013 to reconstruct a new gas station and service garage in the same positions as the previous pumps and garage areas. The property is approximately 18,750 square feet in size

The Route 88 corridor in Brick is marked by several seemingly abandoned gas stations, including a former Exxon station a block away, a second Texaco station between Post Road and Bruce Street, and a more recently-shuttered Lukoil station at the Jordan Road intersection.

Ducey said at a recent meeting with Brick’s Teen Council, a group of teenagers that meet with township officials from time to time, the idea was brought up to paint murals on the former gas stations until they are redeveloped. Township officials contacted the owners of all the abandoned stations regarding the idea, and so far none have returned the township’s calls, Ducey said.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    All a scam by Democrats who put these oppressive and way too extensive remediation plans in place designed to make democrat financial supporters and lobbyists money. The properties instead sit..still contaminated or so they claim… for years…while no one forces the owner to clean up the alleged pollution. The only who benefits are the democrats who passed these laws and the lobby base of contractors who think they will make millions doing these remediation’s that never seem to occur for years if at all.

    • JW

      You move next door then and drink the ground water. I guess you’re pretending to be a scientist now, huh Frank?

      • Frank Rizzo

        Funny…how much hatred for people is in you.

      • JW

        So you’re basically admitting then that you’re full of it? Good to have that on record. I guess those oppressive regulations aren’t so oppressive if the ‘alleged pollution’ is too much even for you?

      • Frank Rizzo

        You are neither funny nor mentally well. I am not sure how my asking of how much hatred for people is in you translates to your response being appropriate.

      • JW

        If you had an ounce of intelligence and credibility, you’d prove that these evil Democrats just want to shake down people and live next to this place and drink the ground water to demonstrate there’s no real harm in having gasoline leak out of tanks. But you don’t- and that proves just how full of shit you truly are.

        You’re the one who hates people Frank, not me. You’re a vile disgusting racist with contempt for everyone and everything not like you.

      • Thudnj

        inappropriate language in this post.

      • Frank Rizzo

        JW is a hater…big time hater of whites, of the elderly and people in general. He has used profanity more than one occasion on here and should be banned.

      • JW

        Frank Rizzo is a hater. A big time hater of blacks, hispanics and has no respect for the disabled either. He uses racist language routinely on here and should have been banned long ago.

      • JW

        It’s also a patently fake profile. The real Frank Rizzo died years ago- thank God. He’s pretending to be a dead man.

    • Joseph Woolston Brick

      Frank, those empty gas stations were there when the Republicans were in power and they did nothing, NOTHING! Those stations have been empty for years through a bunch of mayors and councils and nothing was done. At least somebody is doing something now, better late than never. Why don’t you buy one of the properties and revitalize it, you seem to have all the answers!

  • JJones

    Making room for a wawa gas…711 gas….quick chek gas…who won the bid….by How’s..

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    I’ve been told by a usually very reliable source that a full service Citgo is going in at that site, the same source also told me that a Wawa real estate team had been out looking at the Lukoil and the Motel/Cabin property next door to the Lukoil which is for sale, possibly for a Super Wawa?. OH I HOPE THAT ONE IS TRUE!

  • Frank Rizzo

    Citgo could never compete with a Wa Wa….We’d have another abandoned property soon.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Why in the world would anyone allow teenagers to paint murals on empty buildings…..is this the Bronx 1975

    • Average Joe

      Frank:
      You have them sketch out what they want to paint as a mural in advance before allowing it to proceed. ANYTHING looks better than a plain boarded up building. Big difference between graffiti and a mural. Good opportunity to see the artistic talent in Brick. I like the idea.

      • Frank Rizzo

        And in doing so reinforce it is Ok to do graffiti to buildings to dopey young people who have no clue someone actually owns a building. And who decides what our town would be decorated with and why….Glad this did not fly we’d look like the Bronx 1977

      • JW

        This is you Frank:

      • Frank Rizzo

        About as much intellect as we expected from you. I picture you the over weight kid with a monster energy drink and bad clothes sitting around a dumpy rental some place waiting for your check from the government to come in.

      • JW

        I appreciate that you think I’m so young. Maybe you should get back to your hobby: https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/297a606f37d3f952990c0dfdb58f4f52309fd0c75b6b7b095b2959e339e9af12.jpg

      • Average Joe

        No Frank….THAT was graffiti. Learn the difference. It would allow teens to channel some creative spirit which would otherwise be channeled into something less productive. Of course, the response you give is exactly what I would expect from you (see Simpsons cartoon below).

      • Frank Rizzo

        Lets all sway in unison while we sing Kum-ba-ya and the children express themselves on the side of buildings. There is no way in heck…and I emphasis HECK with all the sarcasm I can muster…. that this will not lead to gang tags and other graffiti being done. After all, the darling kiddies would never take such liberties once they see this being done.
        The buildings are not private property..they are here for your darling children to use a murals to the world and as a canvas to express their feelings of white privilege, wrongs, and how bad things are here in America.

        Thank god someone had their head screwed on and said no to this.

      • Average Joe

        Frank…your cynicism is beyond belief…its almost poisonous. I’m certainly not liberal but also not so grouchy and negative that I can’t ever see a positive outcome. Please go back to yelling at clouds.

      • Frank Rizzo

        What would be the positive outcome of having our town decorated by kids with spray paint cans.

      • Average Joe

        If you allow them to submit IDEAS or maybe preliminary drawings, you can have better control over what is painted. You don’t just throw open the doors and let them randomly paint. It like any public art project. The preliminary design has to be approved before proceeding. This way you can avoid most, if not all potential issues. Or maybe you specify a theme/topic for the mural (such as a beach scene or landscape). The point is, if you can direct the creativity, you may be pleasantly surprised.

  • Spell Check

    Good start to a large issue but when are all the others going to be torn down, including the abandoned Mantoloking road gas station going to be addressed that area is starting to look as bad the former texeco and exxon sites. these are extreme environmental dangers with so many of the homes here having wells in brick town the possible environmental hazards are not worth such a gamble tear all them down immediately.

  • Jon T.

    The Clean Air Act of 1990 required an oxygenate (MTBE). It was banned by many states starting in 2004. Now all these old gas stations are mini superfund sites. They sit abandoned while people argue over who should pay. Another great EPA success story.