Planning & Zoning Board Engineer
Mott Watkins has served as the Planning Board Engineer and the Zoning Board of Adjustment Engineer for the City of Cape May from January 1989 to December of 2003. Cape May City is located at the southern tip of Cape May County. The City is comprised of 2.47 square miles and has a year-round population of 4,600 persons. The City is known as the Nation's Oldest Seashore Resort and is regarded as one of the premier tourist destinations in New Jersey. Cape May is registered as one of the few National Historic Landmarks in the country due to its numerous Victorian buildings.
Mott Watkins has served the Boards in a capacity to address Cape May's unique historic preservation, traffic, parking, stormwater, and environmental issues. The firm has been responsible for the technical review of numerous site plans/subdivisions for the Boards. Mott Watkins is responsible for the observation of work required for projects to ensure compliance with approved subdivisions and site plans.
Mr. Mott has been the Cape May City Engineer since June 2009 and had previously served as the City Engineer between 1989 and 1992. During this period, the firm has been responsible for numerous design and construction management projects including annual municipal paving projects, the Cape May City Beach Outfall Project, and the construction of the solarium building on the City’s promenade.
In 2009, Mott Watkins has designed and is managing the construction of over $4 million of capital improvement projects which include:
- 2009 CBDG Beach Avenue Phases I and II
- United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase III
- Cape May Gateway Project
- Solar Photovoltaic System for Lifeguard Headquarters & Public Works Building
- FY 2008 Municipal Aid Program for Cape May Avenue Phase I
- 2009 Road Program Improvements Phase I
- Water Works Improvements
- Various Building Renovations
Municipal Road Programs
The firm is responsible for the design / construction management of approximately two million dollars per year in municipal roadway and utility reconstruction. Responsibilities include decisions regarding design of reconstruction / overlay, topographic surveying of all roadways, preparation of design plans and specifications in accordance with NJDOT and other applicable regulations, advertisement and receipt of bids and recommendations for awarding contracts. Also provided by the firm is complete construction management including daily oversight, measurement of all field quantities, preparation of all change orders and payment estimates, and recommendations for project acceptance.
Beach Avenue Phases I and II
The City of Cape May received a Fiscal Year 2009 New Jersey Department of Community Affairs, Division of Housing and Community Resources Small Cities Community Development Block Grant in the amount of $500,000 for Beach Avenue Phase I improvements and $350,000 for Beach Avenue Phase II improvements. The goal of the Beach Avenue Project is to enhance the pedestrian environment and to create safe and convenient concrete handicapped ramps with railings complaint with ADA requirements along Beach Avenue. In addition, at The Cove, Trenton Avenue, and Grant Avenue TREX ramp systems were installed for beach access, also ADA compliant. The TREX walkway at Grant Avenue leads to an over view, with three wooden platforms containing water fountains, showers, and three ADA compliant tables with umbrellas. Also at Trenton Avenue is a modular teak over view containing three ADA compliant tables with umbrellas with a shower area. Lighting and parking are also provided along Beach Avenue from The Cove to Ocean Street.
USDA Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase III
The City of Cape May received a United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Grant in the amount of $2,000,000 for the Sanitary Sewer Improvements Phase III. This work is comprised of sanitary sewer, main replacement, water main replacement, and other various roadway and site improvements along Mt. Vernon Avenue, Broadway, Grant Street, Park Boulevard, Windsor Avenue, Congress Avenue, Claghorn Place, and Capehart Lane.
Cape May Gateway Project
The City of Cape May received a grant in the amount of $250,000 for the Gateway Project. The goal of the project is to create a more appropriate entrance way into the City, giving it a new identity. The improvements include the reconstruction of the sidewalk and curb located on the south side of the intersection of Lafayette Street and Washington Avenue, along with the addition of concrete pavers, decorative street and walkway lighting, landscaping, and other miscellaneous site improvements. In addition, the project includes the installation of concrete pavers to the intersections of both Lafayette Street and Sidney Avenue, and Washington Street and Texas Avenue. Also being installed along Lafayette Street at the harbor are two pillars displaying the City's name, and recessed solar lights in the sidewalk.