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The way we were. Ocean Grove as it should look. Mt. Hermon Way at Firemen's Park. Paul Goldfinger photo. 2004. ©

The way we were. Ocean Grove as it should look. Mt. Hermon Way at Firemen’s Park. Paul Goldfinger photo. 2004. ©   2015 Re-Post

 

2015 RE-POST:

 

“Can it be that it was all so simple then
Or has time rewritten every line
And if we had the chance to do it all again
tell me, would we?  could we?”

ALAN BERGMAN:   “The Way We Were.”

 

In the process of selling the North End Redevelopment Plan to the citizens of Ocean Grove in 2008, the Township Committee asserted that people in town were in favor of the plan. This pitch was based on what the OG Homegroaners had to say and what, supposedly , was said by citizens at “visioning sessions.”

The process of approving an “Area in Need of  Redevelopment” was supposed to include the support of the citizens, but do you think the citizens wanted to get rid of  the single family home zoning in exchange for the NERP Asbury Park South plan?

Did the Township  really obtain the blessings of the citizens of our town or were they twisting the truth?  We suspect the latter.

Here is a quote from the official “2008 North End Redevelopment Plan:”

Given the importance of this site to Ocean Grove and its residents, this plan was developed in conjunction with an extensive community visioning process in which members of the public had an opportunity to comment on all aspects of the plan and its proposed design standards and requirements. Accordingly, the final plan and its core design elements reflect the input of the Ocean Grove community in creating a new vision for the North End.”

Blogfinger has pointed out many of the illegalities and improprieties that are intrinsic to the NERP.  We haven’t yet exhausted everything that we have to say on this subject. Soon we will be posting our latest article entitled:  “Ten reasons why there is a black cloud over the NERP,” and actually there are more than ten.

This  opinion  poll will offer  an idea as to  whether the Ocean Grove public in 2015 really wants the NERP, complete with condominiums, a hotel, retail stores, one or two new roads, and a banquet hall, or would they prefer the original zoning for 25 single family homes.  Hopefully we will get 200 or more respondents, but whatever the number, I bet they are more than showed up for those “visioning sessions.”

–Paul Goldfinger, Editor  @ Blogfinger

 

 

 

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