Toms River and Seaside Heights officials have both approved measures that will lead to redevelopment in their respective communities.
The Toms River planning board approved the subdivision of the property at 1900 Route 35 North in Ortley Beach earlier this month. The 100-by-105 foot parcel received board approval to be divided into two lots, each of which will feature a single-family home.
The Ortley Beach property, located at the corner of Route 35 North and 7th Avenue, is currently vacant. It is approximately across the street from the Sunny Hunny restaurant and next door to Bakin’ Bagels.
Meanwhile, in Seaside Heights, officials this week approved two redevelopment designations, as expected. The borough council this week voted to concur with the planning board in designating the properties at 229 Franklin Avenue (the “house-motel” building) and 401 Boulevard (the Karma nightclub) as areas in need of redevelopment. The designation allows the borough council to create individual specifications for what will be allowed to be constructed on either property.
The Franklin Avenue property, which has fallen into horrendous disarray in recent years, was acquired by the borough last year and will be re-sold to a private developer who participates in a public bidding process. The Karma property – once slated for potential condemnation – has a new owner who has proposed an ultra-modern 36-unit mixed-use complex. It is expected that the Karma property will be redeveloped by its new owner, however the owner must still comply with the redevelopment plan.