The developer of the long-awaited “Superdome” sports complex in Brick Township will return to town hall next month to pitch a larger domed structure and changes to the interior of the facility.
The developer, now named “LCP Sports II Urban Renewal, LLC,” still involves day-to-day manager Peter Tasca, though the company has new financial backers. Those financial backers demanded the township establish a 30-year tax exemption on their portion of the property – the rear half of what was once a Foodtown supermarket – or they would back out of the project. The township council ultimately approved the tax deal.
This week, the developer published plans to expand the dome portion of the project and modify its interior, requiring board approval. According to planning documents, the developer is proposing amendments to the already-approved plan that include an internal addition of a mezzanine and day care facility to the basketball center. This portion of the complex, a traditionally-built structure, would not be enlarged.
The dome portion, under the proposal would grow. Originally approved for 68,400 square feet, the dome would increase in area to 72,000 square feet, which in turn would increase the footprint of the site from 13,44 square feet to 13,565 square feet. It was not clear if the modifications to the building would affect the tax exemption deal, which calls for a payment to remitted to the township annually based on a formula rather than a traditional property tax assessment.
The complex originally received board approval in 2019. Some of the variance relief being sought in the new application is, essentially, a reaffirmation of previous relief that was granted, including rear setbacks and building coverage. A new variance for parking calls for 387 spaces proposed where 419 would normally be required.
The proposal is set to be heard by the township’s planning board at its May 10 meeting, which begins at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex.