BARNEGAT, NJ – Over the years, the mixed-use project now called Barnegat 67 has created attention. As far back as 2014, township authorities announced their approval of Barnegat Crossings. Then developer Cardinale Enterprises even held a dedication ceremony at the project site.

For years, a large sign announced Barnegat Crossings as a coming attraction. People doubted that it would ever become a reality. It was like waiting for a television show to come back with a new season. In this case, the billboard seemed like a monotonous rerun.

Ultimately, the project changed hands, and Barnegat 67 became a reality. It’s still a work in progress as the second phase moves to completion. Speculation about what comes next keeps the mixed-use project popping in more than a few conversations.  Meanwhile, Barnegat 67 continues to receive attention outside the local community.

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“Committeeman Cirulli and I met with the developer recently,” shared Committee Al Bille at this month’s township committee meeting. “They informed us they won seven awards, including one designating them 2019 Community of the Year for Rental Properties of 2,000 Units or Less.”

Phase I of the project is complete as far as both commercial businesses and residential rentals. The apartments that sit atop of the stores are age-restricted. Applications are now being accepted for people over 55 who wish to step into a brand-new luxury home in the second part of the complex.

As far as the commercial space, construction continues on the standalone structure that will open up as a Jersey Mike’s. Meanwhile, Bille elaborated on other rental commitments.

“One is a large medical unit with an urgent care facility,” he said. “A veterinarian, an ice cream store, and another restaurant are among the others that have expressed an interest in occupying Phase II. There are many others.”

“The developer also plans to construct an amphitheater between the two buildings,” continued Bille. “It will be a fantastic addition.”

According to the committeeman, he also spoke with the developer concerning complaints he received concerning debris in the complex. Bille received assurances that the problem would be rectified. Fingers seemed to point to workers putting up the final stages of the project.

“Al (Cirulli) and I both somewhat agree with the developer,” Bille stated. “It may be the workmen throwing their lunch bags all over the area. However, the developer plans to address the trash issue.”