A Middletown couple are hoping to win approval from Middletown Town Council to open Jump On Over, an inflatables play center, in a building on the southwest side of town zoned for industrial use.
UPDATE: Middletown Town Council unanimously approved a conditional-use permit for Jump On Over on Sept. 9, pending final approval from the state fire marshal's office. Town Council also unanimously approved the preliminary land development plan for the proposed Advanced Auto Parts.
Moon bounces, giant slides and other inflatables have been a hallmark of birthday parties and other special events in the Middletown-area for years.
Now Kevin Castora and his wife, Tonya, are hoping to make those popular structures available to local families year-round and without the need for rental fees.
The couple is planning to open Jump On Over, an indoor play facility stocked with nine inflatables, in a 10,000-square-foot space at 126 Patriot Drive, near the Mtown Sports Complex, as early as Jan. 1.
“My wife and I moved to Middletown about a year ago with our 4-year-old and 1-year-old and quickly realized there is limited children’s entertainment,” Kevin said. “There are plenty of sports activities, but nothing for birthday parties. So we said, what can we do to fill that need?”
The Castoras’ vision for Jump On Over includes eight inflatable play structures, an inflatable basketball game, an Xbox Kinect station, a toddler playroom and three party rooms, each with space for about 25 children and their parents.
But to accommodate the space needed to house the inflatables, Jump On Over would require at least 10,000-square-feet of floor space in a facility with ceilings at least 25 feet high.
Castora said they were able to find those dimensions on Patriot Drive.
However, the property is zoned for manufacturing and industrial uses, which means the couple must receive a conditional use permit from the town before they can open their proposed family entertainment center.
Jump On Over won a unanimous recommendation from Middletown’s Planning and Zoning Commission last month and the Castoras are now slated to appear before town council for a final vote on Monday.
“We’re hoping they will share in our excitement that we’re bringing more children’s entertainment to Middletown, but we’ll also be ready to address any questions traffic flow, parking and any other question they might have,” said the Nevada transplant who has spent a decade in the hospitality and entertainment industry. “My son has a desk set up in the office now, and when we ask him what he’s doing he tells us he’s working Jump On Over open, so we’re all very excited for this to become a reality.”
Castora said the couple’s current plan is to operate Jump On Over from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays.
Children would be able to enjoy the facility all day for $8.99, while birthday parties of 15 to 20 children would run from $185 to $325, depending on the number of guests and the purchase of food supplied by a local pizzeria.
“At a minimum, we would have a receptionist at the front podium that can see the entire facility, one person located on the floor and an additional party host that would roam throughout the facility, catering to any needs the party might have,” Castora said. “Parents also would be required to be there with their children.”
Proposal for new Advance Auto Parts store
Middletown Town Council also is slated to vote Monday on whether to approve the preliminary land development plan for a stand-alone, 6,895-square-foot Advance Auto Parts proposed next to KFC in the Middletown Market Place Shopping Center at the northeast corner of West Main Street and U.S. Route 301.
The development plan won unanimous approval from the town’s planning and zoning commission Aug. 15.
If approved Monday, the development plan would be cleared to proceed to the final stage of the town’s three-phase construction approval process. That vote could come as early as Oct. 7.