Barnegat Leader

It’s the ‘Pits’ for Brighton at Barnegat Homeowner

By Eric Englund | Aug 28, 2019
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Barnegat — Joe Gherardi, a resident in the Brighton at Barnegat mobile home community, has a new “neighbor” with whom he is not thrilled.

Ten feet to the south of Gherardi’s Brighton Road home is a large excavation pit, almost 30 feet deep and 150 feet across. Work at the site began two months ago where the development is putting in a new septic system.

He said the situation is exacerbated by heavy rainstorms, which has resulted in the area eroding.

“It makes me feel like I’m living next to a giant sink hole, and that if it gets any worse, my home looks like it is going to fall in,” said Gherardi, who moved to the development six years ago. “It’s a good thing I have a tree next to the house, because it has strong roots and maybe it’s the only thing that’s keeping my home intact.”

Gherardi said he is retired from the construction business, and feels the development “went about it the wrong way.”

“The problem here is that everything is built upon sand, and the ground is not stable,” he said. “So when you have all this rain, the sand in that pit kept crumbling. They should have realized this before they opened up the ground.”

He said that part of his street, Brighton Road, was affected by the project.

“In the last few weeks, even part of the roadway crumbled,” he said. “This has been a big mess from the beginning.”

Bob Kirsch, president of the Brighton Manufactured Homeowners Association, said the new septic system “was long overdue” and costs approximately $800,000.

“I can understand he (Gherardi) having a legitimate concern,” said Kirsch. “I know I’d be really worried if I lived there. You look out our window and all you can see is this giant pit. But in the long run, the work is going be done and it should all be resolved.”

Ken Kravenas, an official with Brighton’s owners, Hometown America, said the project had to be stopped because of the erosion caused by heavy rains. He said in the meantime, various barriers and other safety measures have been put in place.

“Everything is going to be properly engineered, so the situation isn’t going to get any worse,” he said. “I can understand his (Gherardi’s) concerns, but we’re taking all possible measures to make sure his home does not get any more affected by the project.”

— Eric Englund






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