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Redevelopment Town

Current redevelopment a “failure”, new one doubles its size.


Last December 2 the Council passed a resolution allowing Chefs International to scale back the size of its proposed marina building.   Among all the “whereases” are several that legally justify them having the power to make that decision.

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Boy they’ve been working on that Seaport Redevelopment Plan a long time and certainly put a lot of effort (and money) into it.  If you would like to have a look at it click on the image below:

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Nice plan if you like that sort of thing.  (I don’t.)

The Gale Company must have liked it.  During the real estate bubble they got on board with it and wasted a ton of money.

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None of this was ever built but they did a “Smart Growth” award for their efforts.

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New Jersey Future.  Sounds like one of Maggie’s groups.  Building the Future.  Forward New Jersey.  They all start to sound the same.

So the redevelopment plan has been a complete and colossal waste of time and money.  Nothing was ever built here in Belmar that wouldn’t have been built even without the plan.  And a lot of improvements that might have been made never were because of all of the disruption and uncertainty caused by the (constantly changing) redevelopment plan.

Now what I would do is repeal the plan and have no plan.  I say let the people make their own plans.  Instead, the mayor wishes to extend the redevelopment zone, with all the extra powers it gives the Belmar Council (the mayor) all the way from the Shark River to 16th Ave.  Basically the whole commercial part of Belmar will be under redevelopment law.

I guess the results will be even twice as good as the last time.


  1. Ugh wrote:

    Why don’t they get the pavilion built on boardwalk before another redevelopment issue?

    Big money changing hands on this one, probably to some construction company

    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:11 pm | Permalink
  2. Just Passing Through wrote:

    I may have mentioned before unless there is an experienced developer and retail/residential investors this project will be extremely difficult to be successful. I think someone mentioned a transit project with approx. 350 passengers a week as per nj transit that will never be successful.

    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 2:48 pm | Permalink
  3. Tom Dilberger wrote:

    UGH, Sir, let sleeping dogs lie. Let’s just forget the pavilions idea. The boardwalk looks good the way it is.

    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 5:48 pm | Permalink
  4. batman wrote:

    I, too, prefer the boardwalk pavilion-free. Until the Dohertys find a way to profit from their construction, the pavilions will just be an idea, in my opinion.

    Sunday, February 15, 2015 at 7:36 pm | Permalink
  5. OLD MAN wrote:

    What boardwalk? Where is it?

    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 4:23 pm | Permalink
  6. admin wrote:

    Never happened. None of it did.

    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 4:32 pm | Permalink
  7. Just Passing Through wrote:

    The Invisible Pavilions are great, no blocked view and no tax increases!

    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 4:37 pm | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    I wonder who holds the liability on the orange container right now.

    Monday, February 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm | Permalink

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