Carteret Brownfields Development Area Designation (BDA)
In 2008 Mayor Dan Reiman and the Borough Council joined with representatives from the N.J. D.E.P. for the official signing of Carteret’s Waterfront Brownfields Development Agreement. The B.D.A. will allow for up to $25 million towards remediation along Carteret’s Waterfront Park and Redevelopment Area.
Earlier that year Mayor Reiman announced that the Borough applied to fund the dredging that will make way for the town’s highly anticipated marina, which will comprise Phase III of the Waterfront Park development. In 2006, the NJDEP awarded Carteret an additional $600,000 to begin the construction of an extension to the Veteran’s Memorial Fishing Pier, which will serve as a breakwater and precede the marina itself. $1 million for the popular fishing pier was awarded in 2005. The NJDEP is currently reviewing Carteret’s application for the necessary permits to construct the marina. The marina, nestled within a cove along the Arthur Kill, will host up to 250 slips and various amenities for regional boaters, and has led to the establishment of the town’s local Port Authority.
Through the NJDEP and NJEDA Hazardous Discharge Site Remediation Fund (HDSRF), these properties now qualify for up to an annual amount of $5 million in BDA funding that will be applied for on a site by site basis. This includes 100% of the cost for environmental investigation and 75% of the remedial action work to be performed in order for the properties to be beneficially redeveloped. The program is the only of its kind in New Jersey that provides grants to public entities for cleanup costs of Brownfield sites.
At least as significant, the Reiman administration has retained its plans to develop other abandoned industrial sites north of Waterfront Park, which include the EI DuPont, Agrico and former Mobile Chemical sites, to host an inter-modal ferry service to Manhattan.
Under the BDA approach, the NJDEP works with selected communities affected by multiple Brownfield sites to design and implement remediation and reuse plans for these properties simultaneously. The BDA approach enables site investigation, remediation and reuse to occur in a coordinated fashion. In the process, various stakeholders, including owners of contaminated properties, potentially responsible parties, developers, community groups, technical experts for the local government and residents, and residents themselves, are invited to participate in this cleanup and revitalization approach.