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Developer Will Build ‘Superdome’ Sports Complex Facility in Brick

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The 'Superdome' in Waldwick, N.J. (File Photo)
The ‘Superdome’ in Waldwick, N.J. (File Photo)

The developer of the Superdome, a massive indoor sports complex in North Jersey, will bring a similar facility to the southern half of the state, it was announced Tuesday.

The company, legally known as HMZ Brick, is led by Peter Tasca – a retired physical education teacher – and financed by a group of investors. Tasca, who is planning to move to Point Pleasant full time from North Jersey to run his newest business, said the property will be built in the rear of a retail space on the former Foodtown site (see separate story) and include 79,000 square feet of space.

“This is the third recreation center that I’m building,” Tasca told a room of skeptical residents Tuesday night at a township council meeting during which he was appointed to develop half the plot off Route 70. “When I passed by the property, I looked at it and asked one of my buddies who lives down here what was up with it.”

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His friend told him to avoid pursuing what was, at the time, a messy battle between the township and its previous redeveloper, Jack Morris. but Tasca got in touch with officials and told them about his plan for the site. In a deal to settle a lawsuit with Morris, Tasca, backed by investors, will purchase the site for $2.5 million and develop it.

The athletic center will include fields for numerous sports, including lacrosse, soccer, football and softball, as well as a ballet studio, meeting space and physical therapy areas. Tasca said he wants to hear from township residents on what they want the building to include. Given its location near the Shore, Tasca said there could be interest to build an indoor surfing facility where surfers could enjoy riding a wave in climate-controlled comfort.

The 'Superdome' in Waldwick, N.J. (File Photo)
The ‘Superdome’ in Waldwick, N.J. (File Photo)

The physical building must still meet planning board approval, but will be a 79,000 square foot prefabricated building constructed in Canada and shipped to Brick.

Tasca said the Brick facility will have its own prices, equipment and activities depending on demand.

“I am absolutely confident that we’ll have the volume in this neighborhood that the people can afford,” he said.

Mayor John Ducey said the business would accommodate activities for all age groups, from young children to seniors. There will be leagues for various age groups in numerous sports hosted at the site.

“An indoor recreation center has been on this community’s wish list for a long time,” said Ducey. “There have been close calls and broken promises on that front … This agreement puts the town on course to finally have a recreation center.”

The North Jersey facility, called the Superdome in Waldwick, Bergen County, is 160,000 square feet built on a 23 acre site. Tasca said the Brick site will take up about 6 acres in area, but the facility itself will be “state of the art.”

“When Martin Brodeur hurt his arm, he was practicing at our facility,” said Tasca. “This is the last leg of my career here. It’s where I’m going to retire, and it will be the last one I do.”


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  • Richard J Frank

    great idea, add some ice to it and it will thrive!

  • Chief Wahoo

    HA HA. There is so much wrong in this article Chief Wahoo could be here all day. So will just say it must be great to fleece the sheep as a public taker baby sitter and then have the sheep pay you a handsome PENSION while you fleece them again with this monstrosity. It’s a BUBBLE all right, just not the bubble in the picture. Chief Wahoo looks forward to when it pops.

    • Brian Mirsky

      What in the hell are you talking about? “Public taker baby sitter” – what does that even mean??? Oh, and hoping for the town to fail? I hope you live elsewhere.

    • Mike Morton

      Why not mention some specific things that are “wrong” instead of the gibberish that’s here. Who is “fleecing the sheep”? I assume the “sheep” is us residents but are you saying the town is doing the fleecing? They are finally selling the property- should make you happy.

      • Jack Mac

        Selling for 2.5 million didn’t cost much more than that 10 years ago ??? What a big loss

      • Mike Morton

        I think that the $2.5 million is for the back portion of the property only. Hopefully the front portion that is being sold to M&M for the retail pads will bring in more. More important is what may have been given away in terms of property taxes.

      • Rob

        Both parcels are selling for $2.5 million.

      • Mike Morton

        Each individual parcel is being sold for $2.5 million. While obviously not as good as original deal with M&M it still gets rid of the lawsuit and puts ratables on the books (assuming no PILOT deal is included).

      • Late Night Comedian

        Look at all the taxes the town is losing from Windward Beach and the Marina and the local neighborhood parks.
        Sell the ocean beaches and we can tax them for more ratables.
        Yeah, sell all rown property like the Oscars Pizza plaza.
        We need ratables.sell all town property to cronies and pay to play developers.

      • Jack Mac

        I was under impression that M&M was out of picture do to conflict of agreement between Mayor council and M&M.

      • Mike Morton

        No- even though past experience with M&M and Jack Morris should probably exclude them from ever doing future business with Brick. I guess that they were given the opportunity to get the front parcel at Forge Pond in exchange for them dropping the lawsuit. They are also still involved in the proposed Wawa gas station and other buildings that is now in planning stage to be located on Rt. 88 at Jack Martin Blvd (by Walmart). M&M owns the trailer park on the property.

      • Jack Mac

        So it’s we’ll give you Wawa and part of foodtown and Morris drops the lawsuit ???

      • Mike Morton

        That’s one way of looking at it. Pretty convenient, isn’t it?

      • Late Night Comedian

        At what cost?

    • realcheeseyo

      Good to see Chief Wahoo is still a dotty old racist who lies all the time

      • Late Night Comedian

        Wahoo only speaks the truth.

      • realcheeseyo

        He’s a low rate troll. Also a dotty old racist.

  • Mike Morton

    This sounds like a great plan. I know there isn’t room in the current plan, and it is expensive, but an indoor pool that is large enough to facilitate competitions would make a killing here.

  • Jersey Devil ™

    We need something like t his in the South.

  • Surfrider

    The traffic in this area will be monstrous! Are you kidding, where is the traffic plan on this one? they will need an over/underpass for 88 and 70 !! Will Brick school sports play there? At what cost to the taxpayer, or I guess we just do not count anymore. Property values are down in the area because of taxes. Didn’t they just build a similar venture over on NewHampshire in Lakewood, that place is pretty huge. I like the idea of the wave machine, but would have to be a big ass wave for the 5,000 surfers or so in the area!! I hope they come out with reasonable personal helicopters soon so you can get around.

    • Late Night Comedian

      Politicians probably guaranteed the developer township schools and sports league business revenue to support the deal.
      I wonder who the “other investors ” are.
      I bet hundreds of thousands of township taxpayer dollars will be going to this Bubble every year.
      Between our ocean beaches, mantaloking yacht club/marina, solar field and Civic Plaza, the township should be flush with cash. Our taxes should be going down.
      Our elected officials are such good, honest business people.

      • realcheeseyo

        Maybe you should run, put your money where your mouth is.

  • Late Night Comedian

    Call it…..Xanadu 2
    Paint the bubble the color of the democrats national Rainbow flag.

    • realcheeseyo

      Come on now. You seem like the kinda guy who would lead a Pride Parade.

      • Jerry Toboggan

        Didn’t your father host the last one?

      • realcheeseyo

        Nah bro he was busy banging your wife. I heard your son enjoyed his time at the parade though.

      • Late Night Comedian

        You seem like the kind of guy that would take it in the end at a Pride Parade.

  • Surfrider

    Yes good point, can we find out who the other investors are? Could it be other local politicians or “good ol boys” friends of our illustrious local politicians? Smells?

    • Jack Mac

      Don’t they have post who’s going to be under contract as owners in final agreement with Mayor and council ?

  • John Hamaid III

    Idk about the whole thing but if it has fields it should have an arcade and with lazer. Tag
    Just like the old building near brick used to be