The Brick Township Planning Board granted their unanimous administrative approval for the final site plan of a future retail building to be located on Hooper Avenue.
The board previously heard testimony regarding the plan at other meetings, which outlined how the site will include the construction and presence of seven wind turbines on the property.
The lot, located at 2746 Hooper Avenue, will contain a retail building of just under 10,000 square feet in measurement, according to developers, and is currently under construction. The building will house a liquor store, as well as two other future retail establishments.
Jeffrey Carr, the site’s planner and engineer, stressed to board members at prior meetings that the turbines to be built at the site will be of a thin, vertical nature that will operate at a much lower level of noise than do other types of turbines.
Carr put the noise level of the future turbines at between 30 and 50 decibels, roughly less sound output than a personal conversation would make in a room. Also contributing to the decreased sound is that the turbines will not be propeller-operated, in contrast to wind turbines found in other New Jersey municipalities.
A Brick Township ordinance written on wind turbines permits a sound level of 65 decibels at adjacent property lines, and site planners assured the planning board that the turbines which will soon make their way to Hooper Avenue will comply with that regulation.
Also per law, the maximum possible height of wind turbines in the township is 125 feet tall. The ones to be located at the retail site will stand 78 feet tall.
The building, located at 2746 Hooper Avenue, is owned by Tahishi, Inc., of Marlboro, according to tax records.