TOMS RIVER – Toms River leaders are expressing opposition to a proposed state settlement that would set aside 1,000 acres of the former Ciba-Geigy Corp. Superfund site for open space, saying development should be banned on the entire 1,255-acre parcel.
Toms River should receive the 250 acres that are not slated to be preserved under the settlement of litigation between current property owner BASF and the state Department of Environmental Protection, Mayor Maurice B. “Mo” Hill Jr. and the Township Council contend. Township officials fear BASF could have development plans for that land.
Hill said the township would like to ensure that the land is kept undeveloped and said BASF should not be able to profit from any redevelopment at the site.