SOUTH BOUND BROOK, NJ-Developer Matzel & Mumford, based in Hazlet, NJ, has begun site work to prepare a 10.5-acre former industrial tract here for a mixed-use project encompassing 152 townhomes and 20,000 sf of street-level retail. The project is part of a larger 20-acre site designated for redevelopment by local officials.

Matzel & Mumford, a K. Hovnanian company, has hired the Westmont, IL-based environmental firm Entact to remediate the site, which was used by GAF Corp. until 1983 for the manufacture of asphalt and asbestos roofing shingles. The property, which fronts the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal, has housed a variety of manufacturing operations since the 1880s. “The redevelopment will allow residents near-complete access to the canal for the first time in nearly a century,” says Roger Mumford, president of Matzel & Mumford.

Under a timeline laid out by the developer, Entact has begun removing asbestos from the site and expects to spend the rest of the summer razing some 250,000 sf of vacant structures and foundations. Soil remediation will start in late summer, and work will start in early fall on 1,000 linear feet of bio-engineered retaining wall on the canal banks.

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