Here is a link to the Blogfinger article about this concert:
STEPHEN DOUGHTY Elijah Part 2. “He, watching over Israel, slumbers not.”
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Posted in Blogfinger Presents, Ocean Grove controversies, Ocean Grove land use issues, Ocean Grove lifestyles, Ocean Grove RSIS issues, tagged Warrington Hotel in Ocean Grove, Warrington owners want to transform rest home into a hotel, Worries at the Warrington on February 28, 2017| 14 Comments »
This is no surprise, but the final Site Plan approval for turning the Warrington into a boutique hotel will be signed this week by the Zoning Board of Adjustment Engineer, Secretary, and by the Board Chairman. As you may recall from our October, 2016 article (see link below,) the process of final approval had been held up pending consideration of a variety of issues.
Our concerns last October included the need for an easement to connect the Lake Avenue structure with the utilities on Seaview Avenue. There are two small cottages which are interposed between the Warrington and Seaview Avenue.
According to Kristie Armour, the Zoning Officer for the ZBA, in an interview today, it was found that there was a pre-existing easement which would cover this matter. But the tax map has shown no such easement.
Also, the new project encroaches on CMA property, but Ms. Armour tells us that the CMA wrote a letter to give permission. However, normally, such a letter would be useless unless the CMA property were newly subdivided to show that the Warrington owner now owns that encroached property.
There were other matters as well, but we have no information about these concerns including the bizarre suggestion by the Home Owners Assoc. to turn part of Lake Avenue into a two-way street near Founders’ Park ostensibly in order to create new parking. New parking should never crowd out a historic location.
Another irregularity is that the Warrington is on a land-locked lot, not fronting on a street; Lake Avenue is not a street. This should be illegal now as it pertains to the new project.
Other violations include failure to follow New Jersey state RSIS parking standards whereas this project should have been required to provide on-site parking.
The Warrington originally received final ZBA approval in 2015. In June 2016, the ZBA Engineer found that a Developers Agreement was needed. In September 2016, the Developers Agreement was passed. But there were still loose ends, and now we hear that the matter is finalized.
The only way that this project could be blocked now is with an appeal to the governing body or a law suit brought by the citizens to the Superior Court. There is a 45 day opportunity to sue, and then it will be a “done-deal.”
But the Home Groaners have shown no interest in this project or any other important land-use issues in town including the condoization of the Grove. How do the residents of Sea View Avenue feel about this situation?
So there will be project approval this week even though the application is riddled with land-use law violations.
SUTTON FOSTER: From Mel Brooks Young Frankenstein. If you think that land use policies in Ocean Grove are hopelessly corrupted, do something silly and have a roll in the hay.
BILLY JOEL “Say Goodbye to Hollywood.”
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“Your face beams in my dreams
‘Spite of all I do
Everything seems to bring
Memories of you.”
Memories in historic OG are about events, but the best memories include one’s favorite people.
ANITA O’DAY with “Memories of You.” (Composed 1930 by Andy Razaf and Eubie Blake; recorded by Anita in 1942.)
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NORAH JONES “Carnival Town” From her album Feels Like Home.
MATTHEW WILDER “Break My Stride.”
“Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride
Nobody’s gonna slow me down, oh-no
I got to keep on movin’
Ain’t nothin’ gonna break my stride
I’m running and I won’t touch ground
Oh-no, I got to keep on moving'”
THE DANLEERS (1958)
Posted in Blogfinger Presents, Ocean Grove controversies, Ocean Grove historical preservation, Ocean Grove lifestyles, Ocean Grove zoning, tagged Drug abuse rehab in Ocean Grove, Zoning in Ocean Grove on February 2, 2017| 7 Comments »
By Paul Goldfinger, Editor at Blogfinger.net
As we noted recently, Gov. Christie said that he would prioritize the problem of opioid substance abuse which has caused many deaths in New Jersey, especially in Essex, Ocean, Camden, and Monmouth Counties.
He is promoting a new bill that would mandate insurance coverage for such treatment by commercial companies. Federal mandates already exist for Medicaid.
Philly.com says, “While the Affordable Care Act requires substance-abuse coverage, New Jersey could account for the federal law’s potential repeal by passing state legislation.” (Source article by Philly.com reporter Maddie Hanna.)
“If the federal law goes away, it reverts to whatever the old state law was,” said Joel Cantor, founding director of the Center for State Health Policy at Rutgers University.
Very few states have such laws. The N.J. proposal would provide for inpatient coverage for up to 30 days for those who qualify. There have been some objections about the emphasis on inpatient vs. outpatient care. The Laingdon proposal for Ocean Grove would seem to fall under the heading of outpatient care, although maybe the housing component would categorize it as inpatient care. Regardless, increased funding would increase the pressure to create more such services for those who would be housed while undergoing treatment. (This is the model described for the Laingdon/Sprout concept.)
Our town would be a perfect location for places to house clients after an inpatient admission or for outpatient care. We have old hotels/boarding houses as well as homes (especially multi-family) which could be used for small residential operations doing short term care. But if there is an explosion of investment in such facilities in NJ, the article says that there will be zoning battles around the state (see quote below.)
Here is another quote from the Hanna piece, “There is an inadequate supply of substance-abuse treatment services, period. Not just in New Jersey, but around the country.”
“Others spoke Monday of challenges to opening treatment centers, including zoning battles. ‘I used to have a saying: It’s easier to open up a gentlemen’s club in this state than it is to open up a drug and alcohol treatment program. And that’s not far off from the truth,’ Tom Allen, co-founder of Summit Behavioral Health, told Senate lawmakers.”
It’s important for those of us who care about the Grove’s future, our lifestyles, our historical preservation, and our home values to keep an eye on zoning approvals and to take them seriously as precedent-setting events.
We cautioned about the zoning manipulation that allowed Mary’s Place, but hardly anyone seemed to care. And, even though the Laingdon application was withdrawn, we need to stay alert. The key will be the Zoning Board of Adjustment use variances
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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger.net
The deal to turn the Laingdon Hotel into a substance treatment center on Main Avenue was hatched last August—before the presidential election. In our discussions about this matter, we learned something about the economics and we found out that such facilities can be very lucrative, especially for those high end clients who probably would have been found at the new Sprout/Laingdon location. But we also found out that insurance money is available for patients, including those who are not wealthy, such as those under Medicaid. Also we spoke about a law enforcement program which lets drug criminals enter rehab instead of going to jail.
And that money trail exposed why entrepreneurs were interested in such facilities.
Our discussion also revealed that Ocean Grove still has multifamily dwellings and some multi-unit boarding houses such as the Whitfield (now deceased) and the Warrington (now unoccupied and aspiring to be an expensive “boutique hotel.”)
But a rehab facility could be created in a smallish multi-family house, even of only 2 or 3 units, just as such places could also be condoized, and neither use seems to be good for the town. But the pressure to find new sources of investment income in OG could grow even larger, given the rising spending on healthcare.
Now the Grove is in danger of going viral with such “medical shelters” for addicts (rich or poor), Mary’s style clients, or whatever such “shelters” might be devised by inventive investors.
Those who lived in this town in the 1980’s vividly recall all the “shelters” that were found around the Grove, and many of those attracted unattractive residents who hung out in various favored locations, smoking, yelling, sleeping on benches, and smelling. We have heard of some of that from residents who lived here during that era who are now dismayed that we might move in that direction once again.
But why would Neptune Township allow such deterioration? Well, there are those in the Grove who believe that Neptune officials really don’t care much about Ocean Grove and would be happy for it to slide into the abyss, as long as the tax dollars continue to flow in one form or another. And there are the local developers who are happy to exploit the town for money regardless of the consequences in terms of crowding, parking, and lifestyle deterioration.
However, during our last look at this subject, before we could really sink our digital teeth into the rehab/Laingdon matter, the application for a use-variance at the Zoning Board of Adjustment was abruptly withdrawn, and we don’t know why. Maybe the Blogfinger poll and citizen comments scared them away, but more likely we could find the answer by following the money. Being unpopular with the OG public has never frightened the Neptune Township and Ocean Grove movers and shakers when money was at stake.
The Township ZBA office denies knowing anything about the withdrawal. But on January 14, an article appeared in the Wall Street Journal by Jeanne Whalen in the US News section, page A-3. which might shed some light on the situation. It was sent to us by a citizen reporter.
In it she explains that there are provisions under the Affordable Care Act (i.e. Obamacare) that forces ACA insurance providers to pay for addiction rehab. The amount of money available that way is “huge,” as it tries to chase the widespread increase in deaths due to opioids such as heroine and fentanyl, especially in the north east, including Monmouth County.
According to the WSJ, “There are 2.8 million Americans with substance abuse disorders who would lose some or all of their insurance if the ACA is repealed.”
“Researchers at Harvard Medical School and NYU estimated a repeal would withdraw at least $5.5 billion annually from the treatment of mental health conditions including substance abuse.”
So, is there any wonder that investors have been sniffing around our town thinking of rehab facilities as sources of healthcare income? And perhaps, after Trump won, Sprout may have freaked out and chosen to drop the Laingdon idea.
But, because the opioid addiction problem is growing and harming families and small businesses, the new administration might be compelled to keep the money coming, and if so, OG is really a perfect place to open rehab. facilities.
If Mary’s Place could get zoning approval for their “shelter” without even a variance, then you’d better not pout, you’d better not cry–I’m telling you why: Santa Claus is coming to town and he has goodies in his sleigh for those who want to help addicts in the Grove.
THE PUPPINI SISTERS:
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