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Colts Gait in Colt Neck

Nestled among the lush green rolling hills of Colt Neck, New Jersey lies Colts Gait. This group of 5 to 8 acre estates is the perfect area for breeding, keeping and maintaining horses, with each estate offering its own distinct view of the acres of land they have for their horses to roam and run free. Colts Neck

Colts Gait offers rural natural beauty country living with the backdrop presence of Green Acres land and the Big Brook Cattle Farm. The tranquil community offers many man-made touches to enhance its rustic charm, including granite block-curb lined cul-de-sacs and an elegant entrance gate of wrought iron and brick surrounded by luscious landscaping.

The mastermind behind this unique, upscale community is philanthropist, humanitarian and entrepreneur Howard M. Schoor. Mr. Schoor, who is known very highly throughout the Standardbred horse community for his creation of Showplace Farms, the most complete Standardbred training center in the country, put his heart and soul into creating Colts Gait as horses and real estate are two very important passions to Mr. Schoor.

To learn more about Howard Schoor, his charities and his business involvements visit http://www.howardschoor.com.

The Offer Howard Schoor Couldn’t Refuse

As the Founder and former CEO of a national engineering design firm and experienced residential home builder and land developer, you can imagine that Howard Schoor is a man who has initiated, received and negotiated countless offers.  From 1997 – 2004, Howard was Chairman of Community Bank of New Jersey (CBNJ-NASDAQ) until its sale to Sun National Bank (SNBC-NASDAQ).  In 1998, Mr. Schoor formed another of his many successful companies, HMS Consulting, LLC, a land development and real estate consulting company. 

Additionally, in September 2000, he established the Woodstone group of companies to develop 5,000± acres in Bethel, NY, now known as the Chapin Estate.  With this as his background, it was only recently that he received the offer of a lifetime – one that even Howard Schoor couldn’t refuse.  A keen buyer had an eye on Howard’s custom built home in the Chapin Estate, although it wasn’t for sale.

As one of the principals of The Chapin Estate in Sullivan County, Schoor built himself a most unique home overlooking the Toronto Reservoir.  The entirely south facing estate was a stunning masterpiece that according to David Knudsen’s Sullivan County Real Estate blog, was “…one of the few houses here in Sullivan County that truly qualified as a trophy property.”

Although Schoor’s estate was not listed on the market for sale, he was made an offer he couldn’t refuse.   According to David Knudsen, “The reported sale has been buzzing around real estate circles here for weeks…”  The much talked about sale speaks great volumes not only to Howard’s skill as a land developer and home builder with a vision, but also to the magnificent value these Chapin Estate homes possess.  For Schoor, as a developer of this project, nothing could be a greater testament and compliment to honor his work at Chapin.

Knudsen commented in his blog covering the Howard Schoor offer, “Property falls into two categories-those that are on the market and those that aren’t…Some owners of special properties have no interest whatsoever in selling…But many respond with ‘We haven’t considered selling but make me an offer I can’t refuse’.”

Such an offer was made…..and Howard could not refuse.  This sale highlights, what a special place the Chapin Estate is.  Speculation now has it that he is planning a new home at Chapin which will overlook Toronto Reservoir.

RE: Schoor sentence badly engineered

The Editors
The Asbury Park Press
3601 Highway 66, Box 1550
Neptune, NJ 07754-1551

March 9, 2009

RE: Schoor sentence badly engineered

Dear Editors:

ASBURY PARK PRESS FOUND GUILTY by New York State Psychologist and friend to victim, Howard M. Schoor. Yes, Mr. Schoor is a victim.

My dear editors, for a moment separate yourselves from wanting to sell newspapers or defending your lapse in judgment when you printed the “Schoor sentence badly engineered” editorial on February 11, 2009.

When you stated, “Howard Schoor, a prominent engineer who admitted bribing a public official…” you lied. The facts are as follows:

The Court records (from both the Plea and Sentencing) indicate: Schoor DePalma “the firm” provided engineering and consulting services to the Township of Ocean Sewerage Authority (TOSA) in a professional and proper manner. The Court heard, and the U. S. Attorney agreed, that: Kessler and Weldon solicited Mr. Schoor, not the reverse. Mr. Schoor did not benefit from the offense. Since February of 1992, some eight years prior to the solicitation, Mr. Schoor had no involvement in the day-day operations of Schoor DePalma; he didn’t even have an office there. Messrs. Kessler and Weldon never approached anyone at TOSA to influence a vote for or against Schoor DePalma. Schoor did not know that Kessler or Weldon had some scheme among themselves. The words of Judge Cavanaugh at sentencing and the government’s response:
“There’s no benefit to anybody. This whole thing to me is just – I don’t – quite frankly, I hardly get it.” And here are the words of Mr. Nobile (Government), “Your Honor, the record indicates that Mr. Schoor received nothing personally from the turnover of this $15,000 gratuity…” And here again, the judge is clear regarding what went into his sentencing. “And the instance alone (referring to the gratuity) has me a bit confused anyway. And there was no bribe; No one seemed to have received much of a benefit, I guess, except these two guys that got the $15,000. Schoor DePalma didn’t get anything for it, other than the headaches that we’re dealing with now.” “There was no gain or benefit, no victims really.”

Clearly, the record discloses, there was no bribe. Contrary to perhaps your good intentions and worthy desire to be champion of the people in exposing public corruption (which I admire as a purpose). you are, here, disingenuous, at best, in regard to Mr. Schoor. The facts do not support your editorial position.

You might want to hold onto your view that because money changed hands, it is for the reason you think, but in doing so you have judged against all evidence to the contrary, and that, unfortunately, puts you in the category of biased against Mr. Schoor and renders him victim of that prejudice. You must certainly admit that The Honorable Dennis Cavanaugh was the single individual, having read Briefs and having listened to arguments from both parties, in the best position to reach an unbiased judgment.

I don’t know your politics, nor do I know the politics of your county or state. I do know, however, that in all walks of life, forces beyond the surface influence attitudes and behaviors as they just might have on your opinion page. I would hate to think your inaccuracies were more than simply a rush to judgment based on lack of facts rather than on some other more unconscionable and devious agenda. I will give you the benefit of that doubt and not carelessly accuse you of a destructive nature that may not exist in the essence of your being. I wish you would give Mr. Schoor that same benefit. Who knows, it may even sell more papers.

It’s a hard, tough, often-unconscious world we live in. Perhaps, instead of expressing your disappointment in the sentence of Mr. Schoor for a one-time error in judgment where neither he nor his former company received any benefit, you could focus on all the good this extraordinary human being has done for society with his personal efforts and financial support of organizations such as Collier Youth Services, Centra State Healthcare, Temple Beth Shalom, The Sisters of the Good Shepherd, the American Heart Association, etc. In this instance, perhaps the public’s money would have been better spent on the pursuit of deeper truths.

I always cringe when people are lumped together and sacrificed to the zeitgeist of the times without due press process in the pursuit of facts. As you say, in your February 11th Editorial, “How about justice?”

Sincerely,

Jaqueline H. Becker, Ph.D.
JHB:bb

Engineer gets no jail for paying ‘gratuity’

BY DANIEL HOWLEY
Staff Writer

Howard Schoor, 70, a founding member of the Schoor DePalma engineering firm, was sentenced in federal court on Feb. 10 to two years’ probation for paying a $15,000 “gratuity” to Stephen Kessler, the former chairman of the Township of Ocean Sewerage Authority (TOSA).

Schoor must perform 250 hours of community service and pay a $7,500 fine for his admission to the crime. The crime carried a maximum sentence of.five years in prison and a $250,000 fine, according to Justin Walder, Schoor’s attorney.

Schoor DePalma engineering is now known as CMX and Schoor has no connection to the firm.

“I think it was a fair and appropriate sentence under the circumstances,” Walder said. “Mr. Schoor has had no prior involvement in the criminal justice system. He is 70 years old. He has been an ideal citizen with his philanthropy and charity, and besides giving money to worthwhile causes, he was active in working with them.”

In his plea deal, Schoor said he made the payments to Kessler without the knowledge of anyone at Schoor DePalma.

Additionally, it was the government’s finding that Schoor DePalma would have been awarded a contract to perform sewage projects in Ocean Township regardless of Kessler’s vote, because the majority of TOSA members also voted in favor of the firm.

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Editorial Overreacted to Error in Judgement

Your Feb. 11 editorial “Schoor sentence badly engineered” about Howard Schoor was a vitriolic diatribe filled with misrepresentations and inaccuracies. Passion is important, but overzealousness is damaging and dangerous.

Schoor is a friend of mine – a fact I am proud of. He did not admit to bribing a public official, as stated in the opening sentence, but to giving a gratuity. There is a significant difference. The prosecution found that Schoor had long sold his interest in the engineering firm and was, in fact, only serving as honorary chairman.

The claim that the payments were made to enable the firm to receive more than $850,000 in work was false and slanderous, to both the individual and the firm. The government established that the firm received no benefit as a result of the act, which is why the firm was never indicted. In fact, Schoor Engineering previously had held the contract for about 20 years and was awarded the contract by an almost unanimous vote each year.

Schoor’s gift to a long-term relationship was wrong — he will be the first to admit It. In fact, he did and he is paying an appropriate penalty. Shame and discrimination for a man of his stature is a steep price to pay.

One of his greatest laments throughout the process was the need to resign from the boards of the various charitable organizations that he has supported for decades. The pall of indictment prevented him for raising monies for these organizations. One of his first comments to me after the sentencing was that he could finally resume those charitable activities publicly. Even good people commit errors in judgment.

Eli Kramer
MANALAPAN

Asbury Park Press

This whole thing to me is … quite frankly I don’t get it

Schoor DePalma co-founder is spared prison on conspiracy

by Brian T. Murray/The Star-Ledger
Monday February 09, 2009, 5:17 PM

The 70-year-old founder of a prominent engineering firm, one of New Jersey’s biggest government contractors, was spared a prison term today for paying what federal authorities called a $15,000 “gratuity” to two corrupt Ocean Township officials.

“There’s just no way this man should be in jail and I’m not going to put him there. He’s 70 years old and has never committed a prior offense,” said Judge Cavanaugh, prompting Schoor’s friends and family to openly applaud.

They took turns hugging Schoor as he left court, ending a case that, when he was initially indicted in 2006, ignited speculation among New Jersey political insiders that a larger public corruption case would follow because of Schoor’s extensive dealings with public officials for 40 years. The firm has worked statewide on projects ranging from the Asbury Park waterfront redevelopment to the Jersey Gardens Mall and the Turnpike’s Interchange 13A in Elizabeth.

But federal authorities absolved the firm of any wrongdoing, Schoor said he acted alone and the $15,000 payment was never linked to any project involving Schoor DePalma or any attempt to influence a public agency.

“Quite frankly, I don’t get it,” Judge Cavanaugh said of the case. “There’s no bribe. … Schoor DePalma didn’t get anything for it.”

Federal prosecutors claimed the payment, made between 2000 and 2001, rewarded two members of the Township of Ocean Sewerage Authority for helping the firm get work in the past. The case stemmed from a larger public corruption probe in Monmouth County that netted a dozen officials, including former Ocean Township Mayor Terrance Weldon.

But Justin Walder, Schoor’s attorney, said his client gave the money only to Kessler and not as a bribe.

“My client and Kessler had become friends, and Kessler ran into a number of problems, including a divorce, and had financial troubles. He asked for money, and my client helped him out. … It was never a bribe,” Walder said.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James Nobile, arguing that the payment was illegal and merits prison time, said the plea-deal given to Schoor already took into consideration his minor role in the corruption scheme.

Cavanaugh pointed to more than 30 years of charity work by Schoor, saying society is better served having him free on probation. He also ordered Schoor to perform 250 hours of community service.

Schoor Depalma, Building a Bright Future

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

Contact:
Brian Graff, Managing Director (212) 213-2009
Brian Maney, Director, Corporate Communications (301) 951-6122

By Maureen Flanagan

Schoor DePalma, Inc., based in Manalapan, NJ, provides engineering and consulting services to more than 500 commercial and government clients in New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania. This leading design and engineering firm, founded in 1968 by civil engineer Howard Schoor, handles over 5,500 projects a year in areas that include transportation services, land development planning, public works services, environmental services and building services. The company’s wide expertise, contributions to regional development programs and reputation for on-time, on-budget delivery have earned Schoor DePalma a long-standing loyal customer base in addition to top industry rankings and national recognition for superior capabilities and performance.

In an August 9, 2004 transaction, Schoor DePalma was recapitalized by Trivest Partners, LP, a Miami-based private equity firm. Trivest acquired the stock of Schoor DePalma from the company’s management shareholders and its employee stock ownership plan (ESOP). In support of the recapitalization, American Capital Strategies, Ltd. (Nasdaq: ACAS) provided a financing package of $32.5 million.

“Growing and highly profitable, Schoor DePalma has been generating financial and operating results that consistently meet or exceed top quartile results among engineering firms in its markets,” said Brian Graff, American Capital Principal. “Under the leadership of CEO Stephen DePalma, Schoor DePalma is implementing an aggressive growth plan that will continue to spur sales and profits as the economic climate improves.”

Since 1997, American Capital has invested more than $3.3 billion in the middle market. Its current portfolio includes 100 companies in a wide range of service and manufacturing industries. For more information about American Capital’s portfolio click here.

Schoor DePalma’s range of services enables clients to consolidate with a single provider for an entire engineering project. By consolidating, the client obtains a highly coordinated professional team with a consistent record of completing jobs on time and on budget – the most critical factors cited for selecting an engineering firm. The result for Schoor DePalma is high customer satisfaction and longstanding relationships.

In the private sector, Schoor DePalma provides engineering for all phases of commercial, corporate, and residential development. This includes conceptual layouts and land surveys, site selection and design, redevelopment and reuse, and construction administration. Schoor DePalma also specializes in mechanical, electrical and plumbing services, geotechnical and structural engineering, traffic studies, utility designs, landscape design, environmental impact statements, feasibility studies, and regulatory agency interaction.

In the public sector, the company serves local counties and communities as a designated Engineer Of Record (EOR) and Planner Of Record (POR), effectively giving Schoor DePalma the status of the premier outsourced engineering contractor in that region. The company’s public sector infrastructure engineering services include utility and rate studies, parks and recreational analysis, environmental studies, roadway, drainage, and potable and wastewater services. Schoor DePalma recently started work on its largest contract to date, the North Avenue Corridor Improvement project sponsored by the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey for Union County. Schoor DePalma has been recognized through a host of industry awards for its client services and is viewed as an outstanding developer of young, talented engineers. It has been ranked in the top 20% of the 500 outstanding design firms in the nation (Engineering News-Record) and consistently appears among the top firms listed in “New Jersey’s Finest” (NJBiz Magazine) and “Best Civil Engineering Firms to Work For” (Construction Engineering News).

Schoor DePalma’s regional markets have been estimated to account for some $15 billion in annual sales. This is expected to increase as demographic trends, recovery in the overall economy, and the improving health of municipalities spur continued real estate and other development activity. The company’s core New Jersey market is benefiting from a major school construction program and increased infrastructure spending in response to real estate development. As state municipalities recoup financial strength, Schoor DePalma will benefit from increased municipal spending, while its designation as EOR and POR in municipalities across the state provides enhanced opportunities.

The company is working to expand its footprint with recently acquired Pennsylvania and New York offices. It continues to develop business from Boston to Washington, DC.

Positioned for capitalizing on the design and engineering needs for a growing regional infrastructure – and equipped with the resources to provide them – Schoor DePalma is building for a bright future.

http://www.americancapital.com

Development cowboy ridin’ high

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By Steve Israel
Times Herald-Record
sisrael@th-record.com

Bethel – Call him The Cowboy Donald

He’s the steer-wrestling builder of one of the most spectacular luxury home developments this side of Montana – 6,000 rolling acres of wild Sullivan County woods and water. More than 100 rustic homes, many with a price tag of a million bucks or more. Carved eagles inside, real ones outside. A $200 million development deal.

Catskill cowboy Steve Dubrovsky is a savior, say folks ranging from his hometown of Bethel all the way to Washington, D.C.
“A credit to our county,” says Sullivan County Attorney Ira Cohen. “He’s bringing a whole new class of people here.”
“Something we can all hang our hats on,” says Assemblyman Jake Gunther about the gated development called the Chapin Estate.

“It’s going to make life there very special,” says former United Artists president David Picker, who’s having a lakefront home built by Dubrovsky.

Wait. Hold your horses, say some folks in the neighboring little Hamlet of Smallwood.
Politicians bow down to the rodeo champion, they say. When Dubrovsky wanted a town road leading to his land closed, the town closed it, they say. His company is marketing land near the Chapin Estate in Bethel – owned by the Bethel supervisor.

“If this isn’t a case of a developer having a Town Board in his pocket, I don’t know what is,” says Smallwood’s Harold Saltzman.

Dubrovsky swears on his leather saddles that he plays by the rules. So does Bethel, which reopened the road after pressure from Smallwood. Its supervisor now abstains from Chapin business.

Call this Catskill cowboy whatever you want. But know this: the man rodeo champ Smokey Smith calls “one tough bulldogger” has mastered the art of the development deal.

And it all began with a gamble worthy of “The Donald.”

Dubrovsky plunked down $5 million on property with a reservoir that was draining. The trees couldn’t be cleared without a huge forestry program penalty. He had no guarantee the lots of at least five acres each would sell at their six-figure prices.

“I’ve had a lot of sweat run down my butt,” says Dubrovsky, sitting in his office near the Woodstock festival site, a converted red barn where a lasso hangs on a coat rack.
So the Catskill cowboy went to work.

When Dubrovsky wanted the electric company that owns the Toronto Reservoir to stop draining the water, he called U.S. Sen. Chuck Schumer and Assemblymen Jake Gunther and John Bonacic.

He and his partners donated some $35,000 to them – and Gov. George Pataki – over the last few years, with most going to Bonacic and Schumer. Dubrovsky held a fund-raiser for Schumer at his woodsy headquarters where carved raccoons grace a wagon wheel chandelier. A Bonacic staffer toured the Chapin Estate last week.

The water level of the lakefront homes, which once dropped so low you could see brown dirt, is now full and bright blue.
When he needed the town and county to help him avoid penalties from cutting down trees, he drove to tiny town halls in his GMC Yukon. The county convened a meeting for him.

Attorney Cohen found a part of the law that allows most of the penalty to be waived. The land went back on the tax rolls. Dubrovsky’s company, Woodstone, paid all of the taxes for the first phase of development, which amounted to $190,000. He got back $53,000 through the part of the law that waived the exemptions.

That means $365,000 for Bethel, the county and the school system each year –- compared to $291 if the 35-home first phase of the estate plan had remained undeveloped.

“It’s economic development and it protects the water and the land,” says Dubrovsky. “Why shouldn’t they support me?”
“Who can complain about that?” asks Cohen.

“The guy’s fearless,” says Picker, the former movie mogul. “He’s jumped off a horse to wrestle the steer down. He has a vision. He’s willing to take risks.”

The son of a professor of Yiddish has been taking risks since his bar mitzvah. That’s when his uncle gave him a horse to ride on his family’s former chicken farm in Farmingdale, N.J. A neighbor saw Dubrovsky riding in circles. A real man wouldn’t do that, the neighbor said. A real man would jump off a horse and corral a steer. Even though his mother was furious, cowboy Dubrovsky was born. When he made $300 for 10 seconds of work, he was hooked.

But Dubrovsky was also a kid who liked to play with wood building blocks – “and concoct all sorts of structures,” says his mom, Gertrude.

So when he saw the empty concrete chicken coops on his family’s farm, he had an idea.
Why not turn them into houses and sell them – for $50,000 to $60,000. Not a bad price some 35 years ago in rural Jersey.

Soon, the Jersey cowboy was building, bucking and not going to college.

He sketched homes when he hit the rodeo trail – particularly the log and stone mountain homes he saw in the great Northwest. Back in Jersey, he added those touches to ranch homes he helped build. When he saw a story in Forbes magazine about a down-on-its-luck county just two hours from New York City, he headed to Sullivan.

Dubrovsky discovered the untouched 6,000 acres of woods, wildlife and water that were part of the estate of Manhattan businessman Chester Chapin.

He hooked up with two partners to raise the $5 million to buy it – Dan Silna, who had turned part ownership of the old St. Louis Spirit ABA basketball team into a fortune and already had three Dubrovsky homes and Howard Schoor, who owns a New Jersey engineering firm and builds 600 homes per year.

Together they spend thousands on ads in The New York Times, thousands more for billboards on Route 17. Dubrovsky turns up at all sorts of town meetings to win approvals and, he says, to “keep the towns comfortable.”

He dines with cable magnate Alan Gerry, who’s building a performing arts center within walking distance from Dubrovsky’s office. Then he chows down with the regulars at Blanche’s Diner in Mongaup Valley. He trades his sneakers for cowboy boots for a fund-raiser for Pataki and a town meeting with Schumer. Why, he’s even moving his longhorns to the Estate for “window dressing.”

All reasons why you can call Steve Dubrovsky The Cowboy Donald, the master of the art of the development deal. He’s earned the title.

NJBIA Salutes New Jerey’s Finest: Schoor DePalma Inc.

Publication: New Jersey Business

President and CEO: Stephen DePalma

Headquarters: Manalapan

Founded: 1968

NJ Employees: 540

Business: Engineering and Design Consulting

Vision 2005: The Next Generation. It’s not a new science fiction television show, but a comprehensive strategy to propel Schoor DePalma from a $45 million engineering firm in New Jersey and Philadelphia to a $115 million mid-Atlantic company by 2005. And the plan relies heavily on developing the skills of its 540 employees.

Schoor DePalma, an engineering and design-consulting firm, launched their strategy from a solid foundation. The company already provides generous medical and dental coverage, a 401 K retirement plan, flex time, and work-from-home arrangements. The company’s employee stock ownership program allows the company to refer to its employees as coowners.

To achieve the Vision 2005 goals, Schoor DePalma has embarked on an ambitious professional development program and employee recognition/reward effort.

Schoor DePalma begins with a comprehensive tuition reimbursement program where all expenses for job-related courses, seminars and workshops are reimbursed on a sliding scale according to the participants grade. An A gets 100 percent reimbursement and a $50 cash bonus.

The firm has also started its own in-house professional development program called the Schoor DePalma Academy, offering a series of courses and workshops on communication, presentation, management, leadership and diversity t

raining. The courses are all provided internally and offered regularly Since the training programs began in 2001, 93 percent of the company’s co-owners have participated.

Jersey’s Finest: Schoor Depalma, Engineering Quality

By P, Shankar

How do you build a company that speeds ahead while much of Corporate America is mired in a slow-motion economy? Ask Stephen DePalma, CEO of Manalapan’s Schoor DePalma, the state’s largest engineering and design consulting firm. its revenue grew from $50.5 million in 2000 to $66.4 million last year.

“All of our growth has come from our people doing a good job,” DePalma says. “And with positive word of mouth, our clients come back year after’ year. ” Indeed, 90% of Schoor DePalma’s 2001 revenues came from existing clients, with new customers accounting for the remaining 10%. “It’s a lot easier to sell a satisfied client another service than to go out and grow new clients,” says Anthony Cimino, the firm’s senior executive vice president.

Schoor DePalma has 13 offices in three states, including nine offices in New Jersey, three in Pennsylvania and one in Armonk, New York, where the company acquired engineering firm JWE Engineering last May. The company’s workforce has grown from some 400 workers in 1999 to about 600. DePalma aims to operate throughout the mid-Atlantic region and to push revenue to $115 million within several years.

Schoor DePalma has grown its order book to some $46 million worth of projects. That’s up 38% from last year. While nearly half the company’s work is for public agencies, DePalma plans to steadily increase the share of privatesector contracts.

Founded by Howard Schoor as Schoor Engineering in 1968, the company began life with $2,000 in startup capital. That was just enough to launch the firm in an era in which the economy was enjoying good growth. DePalma, a long-time company employee who was Schoor’s hand-picked successor, became CEO in 1992.

Schoor, who currently holds the title of chairman emeritus, pioneered employee stock ownership in 1984 by cutting his stake in the company to 25% and offering the rest to employees. Today, every Schoor DePalma worker owns a piece of the company through an employee stock plan that accounts for 22% of the engineering firm’s total shares. Schoor himself retains a 5% interest and the remaining 73% of the stock is in the hands of Schoor DePalma’s 60 principals.

DePalma, 52, views the company as more than simply a provider of design and engineering services. He says Schoor DePalma seeks to improve the quality of life in the communities its projects serve. That goal infuses the five-year growth plan, called “Vision 2005,” that the company launched in 2000. In it, projects located on so-called brownfield sites – former industrial locations rife with pollutants – are to becompletely cleaned up and freed from any stigma of contamination.

One such project is in Deptford in Gloucester County, where Schoor DePalma is working on a 100-acre former strip mine site called the Sharpies Pit Redevelopment Project. Plans call for a total of 16 outdoor soccer fields, an outdoor stadium and an indoor practice facility at the site, where more than 500 tons of contaminated soil have already been carted off. In Long Branch, Schoor DePalma transformed the site of a former natural gas plant to Jerry Morgan Memorial Park, which opened last March.

In Somerset County, Schoor DePalma has been working with county officials to develop plans for a former public works garage in Bound Brook that was severely damaged by Hurricane Floyd in 1999. Schoor DePalma is making an environmental assessment of the site, which once housed an automotive manufacturing company.

Carl Block, the 19-year mayor of Stafford in Ocean county, has worked with Schoor DePalma throughout his tenure. The company is currently engaged in water and engineering work for the municipality. “I knock on wood, I haven’t had a problem when they do the work,” says Block. He is most impressed with the firm’s ability to meet time and cost targets and to handle unforeseen circumstances with aplomb. For a company that takes pride in upgrading the quality of life for its clients, such flexibility is essential.

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