Cardinale Enterprises’ multiphase plan to build two hotels, an indoor recreational facility and outdoor dome recreational facility on a 75-acre site in Jackson cleared its first step by getting a zoning variance approved by the town’s Zoning Board on Nov. 29.
The Adventure Crossing project will be located at 567 Monmouth Road in close proximity to a Six Flags amusement park. Cardinale Enterprises’ President and CEO Vito Cardinale said that while Six Flags contributed to their interest in the location, the company believed it needed more attractions to be viable.
“A hotel could not be sustained with just Six Flags,” said Cardinale. “You need to have another regional draw.”
The indoor and outdoor recreational facilities are intended to draw in families from New Jersey and other states, said Cardinale. He explained families in the region now are forced to travel to Pennsylvania or Connecticut to participate in regional sports tournaments that could be put on in Jackson.
The 114,000-square-foot domed outdoor recreational center will utilize a fabric-based tilt-up construction in addition to concrete walls that can also tilt-up. Cardinale said this approach will allow the center to be built fairly quickly, adding he hopes to break ground in the second quarter. He said he anticipates it will be open for business by next Christmas. However, this is subject to the project’s ability to secure water and sewage logistics in that time.
Following the recreational center’s completion, construction will begin on a five-story, 134-room hotel and four-story, 107-room hotel, as well as the 112,000 square-foot indoor recreational facility and four multiuse athletic fields with artificial turf.
The developer estimated the project would complete by mid-2019.
Members of the Zoning Board raised concerns the recreational facilities could be used for concerts and other cultural events, but Cardinale said a lack of sprinklers prevented the venue from being used for that purpose.
Instead, the project calls for the recreational centers to be used for trampoline facilities or laser tag. The goal is to attract more sporting events to New Jersey, with the eventual long-term goal to construct a 100,000 square-foot convention center close to Adventure Crossing, Cardinale said.
The developer is currently in negotiations with hotel chains to operate the facilities upon completion.