BRICK TOWNSHIP - A popular Brick Township pizzeria is closing its doors after 60 years in business because of a road construction project.
Parkway Pizza is known not only for their pizza, but also for their subs, and Rich Bilancia has enjoyed it since he was a kid. "Food’s good, I'm gonna miss it," he says. "It's too bad. It's a sad thing."
The restaurant that opened in the 1950s, as well as the other shops in the building, must close. The property on Lanes Mill Road was taken over by Ocean County through eminent domain for a road project at Garden State Parkway exit 91.
The county says adding and relocating on- and off-ramps will increase safety and reduce congestion.
Mark Lemon says the timing couldn't be worse. "They're putting a lot of people out of work right before Christmas," he says. "Me personally, I'm a single dad with two kids, a 3-year-old and a 4-year-old. I'm not sure what I'm going to do."
The businesses must be out by the end of the year and the building will be demolished in January.
Parkway Pizza will close on Dec. 15.
The property owner found out in May that the county was taking over the land, but there has been talk of this project for years.
The county engineer says Ocean County has been fair and reasonable in terms of paying fair market value for the land and assisting with relocation.