MIDDLETOWN TWP., NJ-He’s been a state assemblyman for years, operates a chain of super markets, and was instrumental in bringing the battleship USS New Jersey to its namesake state after its retirement. Now, developer Joseph Azzolina wants to make a major commercial real estate statement in his hometown of Middletown, NJ, Monmouth County’s largest community with a population of about 75,000.

What Azzolina has in mind for a 132-acre site he owns on US Route 35 is a town center with 76 townhouses, 140 multifamily units, a small number of single-family homes, offices, a retail complex, a museum and an educational wetlands area.

While no specific project cost was disclosed, estimates are that in would be in the hundreds of millions of dollars.

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