HILLSBOROUGH, NJ – Somerset County Freeholders, Township officials, local sports teams and families will join project developer Gregg Wilke to break ground for the APEX Sports & Events complex Thursday, Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
The ceremony will be at the eastern end of Mountain View Park, located immediately adjacent to the APEX property off Mountain View Road.
The indoor/outdoor sports complex will be built on a 40-acre tract that had been part of the Belle Mead Government Service Administration Depot. Extensive remediation work remains to be done on the site, including capping the soil that was contaminated when the GSA facility was active.
Mountain View Park. owned jointly by the township and Somerset County, was also developed on property that was part of the sprawling GSA Depot. It was dedicated in April, 2017 and contains several baseball and softball fields, with room for further development.
The centerpiece of the APEX project will be the indoor facility that includes two inflated domes and what Wilke describes as a hard shell building, totaling more than 220,000 square feet.
The larger of the two domes will be six stories tall, and will enclose a full-size indoor soccer field, also suitable for lacrosse and football.
The smaller dome, which will be four stories in height, will be used for training programs, workouts, and fitness training. There will be indoor basketball and volleyball courts, batting cages and pitching tunnels, a mezzanine viewing area, café and concessions area, multi-purpose rooms, team rooms and space for other activities, including a kids’ adventure area with rock climbing and other family-friendly activities.
An outdoor synthetic turf field will be installed for the exclusive use of township sports organizations; the designated township turf field will provide 400 hours of reserved prime time for the Hillsborough Township Parks and Recreation Department. In addition, Hillsborough-based 501(c)3 organizations will be able to rent playing time at 50 percent of typical rental rates on the field.
There will be two additional outdoor fields.
Wilke is a township resident and owner of HRC Gym and Fitness Center at 30 Brower Lane, a 28,000 square-foot family fitness and wellness gym, offering programs and amenities for children, adults, and seniors.
The Freeholders earlier had authorized a property swap with Wilke; in exchange for the 40-acre APEX tract, he has agreed to turn over 19.5 acres of land he owns on nearby Hillsborough Road, which will be added to the county’s farmland preservation program inventory.
APEX will compliment the adjacent Mountain View Park facilities, creating a massive sports and recreation destination not only for township sports leagues and clubs, but for similar organizations from surrounding towns and throughout the state. It will rival similar facilities in New Jersey, according to Wilke.
“This type of facility will play a key role in satisfying the need for additional sports activities for our residents,” said Mayor Gloria McCauley.
“Somerset County was thrilled to bring the Mountain View Park facility to fruition, we hope Hillsborough and other area residents take advantage of the sports and recreational opportunities. We know that having APEX right next door will provide a combined second to none sports environment,” said Somerset County Freeholder Mark Caliguire, liaison to the Somerset County Parks Commission.
“At APEX, our mission is to create a state-of-the-art unique competition and training facility for Hillsborough that serves the year-round sports and recreation needs of local families while promoting a healthy lifestyle for the community and assisting in the development of our young athletes,” Wilke said.