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This email is from the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection to Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net dated October 28,. 2020.   Read it carefully:

 

Re: Ocean Grove: The application remains pending.  Notice of the 30-day public comment period was published on page 46 of the Oct. 21, 2020 edition of the DEP bulletin. 

A fact-finding public hearing on a CAFRA* individual permit application would be held if additional information is necessary to help the DEP evaluate the proposed project’s potential impacts, and if that information can only be obtained through a public hearing. 

As part of the process, the DEP reviews submitted public comments, and/or the proposed project’s scope, and/or the environmental impact of the proposed project.

To date, the DEP has heard from two commenters, both of which have indicated that their counsel will submit further comment on their behalf.

At this time, a public hearing has not been deemed necessary.

 

Editor’s note:  Note that “submitted public comments” are reviewed by DEP and they are taken seriously.

If you have something to say to the DEP about the NORTH END OGNED CAFRA APPLICATION, then you should put it in writing and send it to the NJDEP, return receipt requested.

 

THIS IS THE OCEAN GROVE ENTRY INTO THE DEP BULLETIN DATED OCTOBER 21, 2020.  Page 46.

New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection
Permit Application Submitted to the Division of Land Resource Protection Changes in the Status Submitted of the Period 09/29/2020 to 10/12/2020.  Note the date submitted 04/13/2020.  The names are the project managers.  The  applicants’ name is OGNED  (Ocean Grove North End Development)  The project location is listed as 17 Spray Avenue.

 

Monmouth – Neptune Twp

1334-04-0007.2 – LUP – 200001

17 SPRAY AVE

The North End Redevelopment project located in the northern Ocean Grove section of the Township of Neptune includes the replacement 5 story, 40 room historic hotel, two multi-family 3- 4 story buildings containing 39 dwelling units; ten detached

2.5 story single family residence. 7353 s.f. first floor retail area facing the boardwalk, 155 parking spaces 140 of which are covered by the podium deck; the restoration of a waterfront promenade, and recreation

areas.

OG NORTH END DEVELOPMENT

Becky Mazzei, Christian Zografos

04/13/2020

 

*The Coastal Area Facility Review Act, also known as CAFRA, authorizes the Department to regulate a wide variety of residential, commercial, public, or industrial development, such as the construction, relocation, and enlargement of buildings and structures, and associated work, such as grading and excavation

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Speaking of environmental: Will the North End Plan take care of increased ground water that could pollute the ocean and the lake? Blogfinger photo.

 

By Paul Goldfinger,  Editor @Blogfinger.net.

October 26, 2020.  Ocean Grove, NJ

 

The DEP application has been held up for months now; we don’t know all the details about what is delaying approval, but our last communication with the DEP  (Oct. 8)  is linked below.

In it, the DEP Press Officer told us:

“Paul, nothing has been approved at this point. The fact that the application has been deemed complete only means the DEP has been provided all the required information to now put the proposal up for public review and comment.”

 

North End update on Blogfinger Oct. 8, 2020

 

I have also checked the latest DEP Bimonthly Bulletin, but there is nothing there about the North End application. I will look into that further.  If nothing else, Blogfinger will shine a light on the opaque and sneaky OGNED.

Remember when they came to the Groaners’ meeting, refusing to answer certain questions, and the Groaners supported that censorship?  What do the Groaners stand for?

We have reached this point without any updated public statements on the subject by Neptune Township, the CMA, the Home Groaners, or the opaque and secretive OGNED.  The bottom line is that nothing has been approved yet, and public comments will have to be solicited.

The letter below, dated Oct. 20, 2020, is written by the Lomax Consulting Group which has been representing OGNED, the self-proclaimed North End Re-developer. We believe that the letter was sent to everyone who owns a home within 200 feet of the North End project.

The letter was shared with us by an anonymous source.  He/she says, “Just received this updated notification of the application for a CAFRA permit for the north end.   The only difference from the original one received in March is the location now includes Part of Lot 5 and the End of Beach Avenue which were not on the original application as well as the NJDEP File Number.   There is no change to the plan attached to the application.”

Click on letter and site plan for easier reading. 

Note that the letter doesn’t spell out the process whereby public hearings might be held.   The only way that the fraudulent aspects of this application might be exposed is if knowledgeable OG organizations or individuals formally contact the DEP to request hearings to be held in the Grove.

In a normal town, the Home Owners Association would step up and make sure that the interests of  OG residents are represented, but our HOA is useless when it comes to advocacy in the face of dangerous issues such as  what OGNED, CMA and Neptune Townships are planning for the North End.  But if anyone does want to formally request such an inquiry, they need to send a letter with return receipt requested.  

As we have pointed out, the plan which Lomax submitted to the NJDEP is not the one approved by the Neptune Township Committee back in 2008 which included 165 condominiums.  And it is not the one which Mayor Rizzo carelessly signed off on in her “Redevelopers Agreement” with OGNED last year.

 

Site plan submitted to NJDEPfor Block 101, lots 3&4, parts of loat 2 and 54, and end of Beach Avenue

 


Editor’s note
:   Read that letter.  They don’t mention an “underground garage,”  only 140 spaces  “covered by a podium deck..”  The total parking is 155 spaces.  Where are the other 15?

They also mention a “historic hotel.”  That is clearly nonsensical and dishonest  terminology.

Speaking of “historic;”

 

The Lenape Indians probably were in Ocean Grove back when, so tents are truly historic for the North End. And so were bikinis on the beach.  Let’s turn the North End into Tent Village II. Source: Google says so.

 

And they say, “The project will not result in the adverse impact on environmentally sensitive areas”  Really?  Are Wesley Lake and the Atlantic Ocean “environmentally sensitive areas?”

 

Let’s not let Ocean Grove slip slide away:  

 

PAUL SIMON    2011 in London at the iTunes Festival

“Slip slidin’ away
Slip slidin’ away
You know the nearer your destination
The more you’re slip slidin’ away.”

 

 

 

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