Editor’s note: On Tuesday, Blogfinger posted an article (read it here) that said, in part, that neighbors were concerned because Marshall Koplitz, owner of the Park View Inn, has not yet begun renovations on that long-derelict property, as required by a Municipal Court consent order.
On Thursday, William Doolittle, Neptune’s head of Code and Construction, sent us the following explanation and outline of events.
From William Doolittle, Director of Code and Construction
Since the court approval of the Consent Order on July 28, 2011, Mr. Koplitz has been moving forward and is planning on significant renovations to the existing structure. First, he had to obtain plans from his architect and then submit those to the Zoning Department for approval. When that was done, he had to obtain HPC approval. He could not submit simultaneously because, if Zoning denied any part of the proposal, Koplitz would have to make the necessary changes to comply, thus affecting the submission to HPC. He has obtained both of these approvals.
Neither Zoning nor HPC requires the detailed plans (structural, mechanical, fire codes, etc.) that are required by the Construction Department. Again, Koplitz would not have pursued the more detailed plans until he first obtained the Zoning and HPC approvals because any denial would require changes.
Koplitz was sent a letter [on May 2, 2012] from Gene Anthony, Neptune Township Attorney, notifying him that he was in violation of the Consent Order because of the delay between obtaining Zoning and HPC approvals, and subsequent submission to the Construction Department. The architect accepted responsibility as his business partnership was dissolving and he had to move his office. Also, due to the extent of the proposed renovations and the detailed plans required, substantial time was needed for preparation of the plans. The Construction Department received the detailed plans, which were reviewed and comments sent to the architect. Since then, our office has spoken with the architect on two occasions. He has been working on the revisions necessary and has assured us that he would submit revised plans shortly. Koplitz is required to commence construction within 45 days of the Construction Department approval.
Editor’s postscript: We asked Mr. Doolittle if he could estimate or guess how long it might take before work on the rehab actually begins. He replied that, including the above-mentioned 45-day grace period, and “provided that the revised plans are code compliant,” the rehab might commence in three months.
For background on the Municipal Court consent order and the overall renovation plan, click here.
– Charles Layton