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Adventure Crossing in Jackson gets OK for 8 restaurants, gas station


David P. Willis Asbury Park Press


Sports Dome under construction in Jackson

Adventure crossing USA is under construction in jackson, A $500 million project to bring a youth sports venue to the area

Doug Hood, Asbury Press

JACKSON - Another piece of Adventure Crossing USA, the massive sports and entertainment complex under construction next to Six Flags Great Adventure, is in place.

Workers already have started to clear and prepare land for the project undertaken by Jackson-based Cardinale Enterprises and its president, Vito Cardinale.


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Copy photographs of renderings and design work. Adventure Sports & Entertainment is under Construction in Jackson.

The $500 million Project to bring a youth sports venue to approximately 300 acres of land between interstate 195 and Six Flags Great Adventure will soon move to its next phase . Jackson NJ Tuesday,january 15,2019 Doug Hood

Earlier this week, the township Zoning Board approved spaces for eight restaurants and a fuel and convenience store along Route 537.

It also backed future phases of the $500 million plan, which includes entertainment and sports facilities, hotels, restaurants, retail space and a brain research center focusing on multiple sclerosis.

"They understood our vision," Cardinale said. "They saw the benefits to the community. They saw the benefits to the state. They saw the benefits of something like this being in Jackson."













Cardinale was the driving force behind the Linda E. Cardinale Multiple Sclerosis Center at CentraState Medical Center in Freehold Township in honor of his wife, who died five years ago after a battle with multiple sclerosis.

The approval by Jackson's zoning board allows the developer to move forward with its overall plans and attract tenants, but Cardinale will have to return to the board for specific design approvals.

It is a "monumental step," said Giorgio Vasilis, vice president of commercial real estate at Woodbridge-based Sitar Realty Co., the leasing agent. "We now look forward to signing some major tenants up and getting them open for the public."



Vito F Cardinate, president/CEO of Cardinate Enterprise,talks about the project has undertaken,Adventure Sports & Entertainment is under construction in Jackson. The $500 million Project to bring a youth sports venue to approximately 300 acres of land between interstate 195 and Six Flags Great Adventure will soon move to its next phase . Jackson NJ Tuesday,january 15,2019 Doug Hood


Cardinale plans to turn Adventure Crossing into a youth sports and entertainment destination at the Jersey Shore, one that will attract youth sports teams, and other sports participants, from around the Northeast for an extended stay.

Work on the project's first phase is expected to take two to three years to complete.

Among the highlights:a 120,000-square-foot indoor sports dome called Adventure Sports & Entertainment; two hotels, a 134-room Hilton Garden Inn and a 140-room SpringHill Suites by Marriott; eight outdoor sports fields; and a 100,000-square-foot indoor recreational building with a trampoline park, indoor go-kart racing, and an area for video game competitions.

Now Adventure Crossing can move forward with construction of a strip of eight restaurants and a fuel and convenience store that will front Route 537. Leases have not been finalized, but here's what's coming. Plans call for:

• Four 2,500-square-foot restaurants with drive-thru lanes.
• Two 4,000-square-foot restaurants with drive-thru lanes.
• An 8,000-square-foot restaurant.
• And a 10,000-square-foot restaurant.
• A gas and convenience store.

Future phases include plans for a third hotel, a golf facility, an expo center, a retail sports building, a facility with four to six hockey rinks, an outdoor stadium for sports events, such as football, cricket and lacrosse, and concerts.

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