VINELAND — The proposed $350 million Magic Sports complex project here will undergo its first review by the city’s Zoning Board of Adjustment on Thursday.
The project will be located near the intersection of Lincoln and Sheridan avenues and includes a hotel, 10,000-seat domed facility, indoor and outdoor water parks, state-of-the-art video center and multiple athletic fields. It also includes a so-called Magic Village, a dormitory for young athletes attending events at the complex.
Zoning officials will consider the application at a 7:30 p.m. public meeting dedicated solely to the project.
Magic Sports is requesting three waivers to the 35-foot height limit at the project site; the dome would rise 165 feet high, the hotel 80 feet and the outdoor water park 90 feet.
Zoning Board Solicitor Frank DiDomenico said the developers are also requesting a use variance for a facility that will house a medical center and day-care facility. Part of that facility spills over into a zone that allows only residential construction, he said.
City officials said they expect Thursday’s presentation by Magic Sports to be extensive. DiDomenico said the Zoning Board generally ends lengthy meetings around 11 p.m.
Magic Sports spokeswoman Teddie O’Keefe said the company expects to finish its presentation to the Zoning Board in one meeting unless the board requests additional information on the proposal. “You never know,” she said.
DiDomenico said he expects public interest in the project, as some residents showed up at an earlier meeting.
Developers said they hope to build on a 289-acre site with good access to Route 55. They already have agreements of sale for the land. The complex will provide about 1,000 jobs once it’s completed, with an annual financial impact of $250 million on the region.
Several years ago, the developers tried unsuccessfully to bring the project to Hamilton Township.
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