By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger
On June 30, the OGHOA President Ann Horan sent out an email to the membership attempting to summarize the current status of the North End Redevelopment Plan (NERP) as seen by their North End Committee.
In that email there are errors and at least one overt falsehood, so you have to be skeptical when reading anything from that group regarding this subject. But beyond the actual content of Horan’s email, there is one glaring omission that should be noted by the members of that organization: There is not one item of criticism or suspicion for either the Township Committee, WAVE, or the Camp Meeting Association; not one iota of concern about their actions, their inactions, or their lack of transparency as it pertains to the NERP.
Why isn’t the HOA digging into the situation instead of just regurgitating what the Committee and the CMA tells them? Clearly the HOA is “in the tank” for the principals who are pushing the NERP. Why doesn’t the HOA aggressively take the side of Ocean Grovers, ask tough questions, and look at this complex situation critically? Maybe they are not aware of the current BF poll which shows that 65% of OG responders (so far) believe that there is something unsavory about the NERP process?
The HOA should strive to be vigilant and to protect the town from developers who seek to blow up the zoning which was designed in the best interest of the Grove. Where were they for the Greek Temple and Mary’s Place? And how about condos that were developed in town without parking? The answer is “nowhere.” This duty of theirs is especially important in a town which is on the National Historic Register.
As for the falsehood mentioned above, here is the quote from Horan’s report: “At the April 27th 2015 Neptune Township Committee meeting, a new conceptual NE plan was presented by WAVE…..”
Not so! —unless Committeeman Randy Bishop is a member of WAVE. No one came to the microphone that night at the 6:00 pm workshop session or at the regular Committee meeting that starts at 7:00 pm, and introduced themselves as representing WAVE.
What did happen was at the earlier workshop where the public is not permitted to speak. Mr. Bishop reported to the Committee about a NEW NERP (i.e. a revised redevelopment plan.) This new plan was not prepared by the Township but by WAVE and given to Mr. Bishop at a previous meeting which had been arranged to sign a Redevelopers Agreement for the original (2008) Plan. Instead, Mr.Bishop returned to the Committee with an entirely new NERP and without the long-promised Agreement.
During the regular meeting the NEW NERP was not on the agenda. The news letter from Ann Horan is a total fabrication of the events that night. You can check the minutes of that meeting yourself (see link below) She seems to find it necessary to present WAVE in a favorable light. Why is that?
Currently, the only recent relevant document that seems to exist is a signed Memorandum of Understanding between WAVE and the OGCMA dated April 28, 2015. It talks about an agreement between those two parties, but what is barely mentioned is the long awaited and legally required Re-developers Agreement between the Township and the co-developers (WAVE and CMA.) Why isn’t that discussed in the Horan email?
And why doesn’t she mention the following item from the Memorandum of Understanding : “In the event the hotel is converted to condos, WAVE will pay to OGCMA ten percent (10%) of the selling price of each condo conversion at closing.”
This quote gives you a peek into the financial intricacies of this project. The HOA evidently isn’t interested in any of that. Don’t they know to follow the money?
And this is just a taste of the misleading info in the Ocean Grove Home Groaners Association memo. They’ll probably jump up and down and whine and groan on the Coaster and to their members as they did before regarding Blogfinger’s comments, but they need to get on the ball and dig into what Mary Beth Jahn once called a “travesty.”
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