WARETOWN, NJ – Last night, Ocean Township’s Planning Board granted approval of an application to transform a long vacant building into new commercial space. Alliance Pest Services, a Tinton Falls company, plans to open a satellite office at 121 Wells Mill Road.

R. Brett Madden, Esq. spoke on behalf of Alliance Pest Services, as both its company owner and general counsel.  “We’re seeking to renovate the existing building and create two units,” said Madden. “We also plan to build an accessory garage on the concrete pad already on the property.”

Alliance Pest Services is a family-owned and operated business, whose principal office is in Tinton Falls. The company provides residential and commercial pest control services throughout the state. Currently, Alliance maintains two satellite offices in Metuchen and Fort Lee.

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“Our service model is to cut down on drive times with satellite offices,” explained Madden.  The Waretown location would make it easier for representatives to facilitate South Jersey accounts. Service technicians will take their vehicles home but enjoy access to the Wells Mill location to do paperwork, conduct meetings, and pick up materials.

Planning Board officials asked questions regarding the company’s storage of hazardous materials and waste. Madden described the pest control industry as highly regulated by the DEP.  He explained procedures that alleviated the concerns of the board members.

Once the renovation is complete, Alliance intends to occupy the smaller of the two units. “We are looking to rent out the other side to some type of professional,” said Madden. “We don’t plan on any retail foot traffic.”

The start date for the project is unknown at this time. However, Alliance hopes to close on the purchase of the property next week.

According to Planning Board Member William T. Sneddon, the Wells Mill address has a long history within the Township. “Fifty years ago, it was used to build boats,” he shared. “It was a propeller repair shop.”

Sneddon said that the next business that occupied the premises was a company named Fyrefighter, which sold and serviced fire extinguishers.  “I’d say it’s been empty for the last ten years,” added Sneddon, who retired as Ocean Township’s police chief in 1999.

Stephanie A. Faughnan is a local journalist and Director of Writefully Inspired, a professional writing and resume service. Feel free to contact her at sfaughnan@tapinto.net.