JACKSON – A developer is preparing to break ground on a nearly 150-acre project next to Six Flags Great Adventure that will include a Hilton Garden Inn hotel and sprawling sports and entertainment complex.
Vito Cardinale said the $21 million project off Interstate 195 on Monmouth Road will help turn the theme park into an attraction for more than just day-trippers and Jackson into a bigger destination.
“Six Flags on its own could not have justified that hotel, or else it would have been built (by now),” Cardinale said. “They needed a destination.”
Cardinale, president and chief executive officer of Jackson-based Cardinale Enterprises, is scheduled Wednesday to start the project’s first phase — $9 million to improve the road, water and sewer systems.
If it comes together, the Shore’s tourism officials can finally check off an item that has long been on their wish list.
“It’s long overdue to have a hospitality facility there,” said Ben Waldron, executive director of the Monmouth-Ocean Development Council, an economic development group.
Cardinale Enterprises finalized a deal with Hilton Garden Inn to operate a 134-room, five-story hotel. The developer has been approved for a second hotel on that site, but has yet to announce the brand.
The hotels will join Adventure Sports & Entertainment, a project on 87 acres that is expected to include an 89-foot-high, 117,000-square-foot sports bubble.
Originally Posted byJune 25, 2018