Lacey receives $160,000 for Oyster Creek planning

Photo by Chris Lundy

LACEY — The township will receive a $160,000 award from the United States Economic Development Administration (EDA) to help recover from the shutdown of the Oyster Creek power plant.

The nuclear plant is being decommissioned by Holtec Decommissioning International LLC. There are ideas for what will go in its place, but nothing has been finalized. Lacey stands to lose a big fee and an employer.

Deputy Mayor Mark Dykoff said the closure “threatens the township’s short- and long-term economic and social well-being.” The money will help provide economic development strategies and implementation steps for Lacey Township to replace the economic resources that Oyster Creek used to provide.

“The Township of Lacey will advertise a request for proposals (RFP) to hire a consultant to help us meet the grant requirements by providing a plan for the township moving forward in attracting new business , new investment and funding for necessary infrastructure and improvements in workforce development,” he said.

He highlighted the importance of the grant saying, “This will allow Lacey Township to market the site to potential investors. It also makes the site more attractive as it gives these investors a head start on the possibilities.

Congressman Andy Kim (D-3rd) said he was “proud to have helped get this money back to Lacey Township and our neighbors in Waretown. This relief is slow in coming and will support economic recovery, redevelopment and job growth in the area following the closure of the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station.

“The plan includes hiring and working with a consultant to explore opportunities to diversify the local economy, create new job opportunities and leverage private sector investment in the area. Once completed, the plan will provide a roadmap for economic recovery and diversification, which will help strengthen the regional economy,” Congressman Kim added.

“With over 800 acres of land occupied by the Oyster Creek facility, this grant will help the community plan for the future use of this property, attract well-paying jobs, promote community development and strengthen our economy. coastal,” he said.

Photo courtesy Holtech

The congressman led a letter to secure funding for this EDA program that provides assistance to nuclear shutdown communities. The letter states, “This EDA investment supports the establishment of a Nuclear Shutdown Community Economic Development Plan for the Township of Lacey in Forked River.”

“The project will examine and plan for recovery and resilience from economic loss of the local nuclear power plant, document the cost-benefit of infrastructure investments to support new business growth, and project and plan for workforce development. necessary work”, adds the letter. .

Congressman Kim said, “The focus will be on exploring the redevelopment of the former Oyster Creek site, which represents the largest tract of land open to redevelopment in the township.”

Dykoff said, “Lacey Township is very pleased to have received the Nuclear Shutdown Community Economic Development Grant through the United States EDA. With the help of Brownfields Redevelopment Solutions (New Brunswick, NJ) and Greener by Design (Medford Lakes), the township applied for this grant opportunity to explore options for the community to replace well-paying jobs. , business tax receipts and corporate citizenship. lost by the premature closure of Oyster Creek.

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