Posts Tagged ‘Renovation of #60 Main Avenue in Ocean Grove’

In front of #58-60 Main Avenue, currently a two story building near Pilgrim Pathway. Pizza place is on the corner to the right. Paul Goldfingerphoto. June, 2016

In front of #58-60 Main Avenue, currently a two story building near Pilgrim Pathway. Pizza place is on the corner to the right. Paul Goldfinger photo. June, 2016 ©


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By Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger  and Jack Bredin, Reporter/Researcher for Blogfinger

We have just received an OPRA   (Open Public Records Act) copy of the Site Plan application for “60 Main Street” from the Neptune Township office of  the Zoning Board of Adjustment/Planning Board, and the application contains so many questionable entries, that it raises a number of red flags.

Below are some of the issues that we have noticed and we wonder if Neptune Township will approve this application  and pass it onto one of their two boards.  Currently it is not on the agenda for the next Zoning Board of Adjustment meeting.

The checklist says that the application will not be deemed complete until full plans are available. It’s hard to believe that  this sketch represents  “full plans.”   Click on the plan to get a closer look.

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—–The street name is wrong.  They call it “Main Street.”  Also, the block and lot numbers are wrong—based on the old tax map.  They need to use the new tax map.  Surely they ought to be able to get such basic information straight.

—–“Any request for a ‘waiver’ must include a written explanation for the request.”  If they want a waiver for an RSIS off street parking exemption, they need to request a waiver.  Anyone want to guess how many resident units will be built here, without parking provided?   That should be specified.   (pg 1)  This application says that no off-street parking is required. (pg 3)

—–A “traffic analysis report and recommendations from a qualified traffic engineer” is required.  There is none at this time, and such an analysis should include parking.

—–They are applying to the Planning Board because they say that no major site use variances are needed.   But how about the one that would enable construction of that third floor?  This application probably should go to the Board of Adjustment.  And how about the use variance to sell new units as condominiums?

Who is the applicant and who is the owner? It says that they are one and the same  (same signature on both lines.)   The “property owner” is  Linus Holding Corp from NYC with Carter Sackman listed as the President.     And their email address says Sackman.com. And if Linus is the “property owner,” why don’t they also name the Ocean Grove Camp Meeting Association as the owner of the land?   Doesn’t the CMA own the land any longer?

—-How tall will this building be?  The  application (pg 11) says that the existing height of the building is 28′ 2″ (2 stories);  the proposed building will be 3 stories  and 34′ 8″ high.   So, how can the third story be only 6 1/2 feet high?   Won’t major demolition involving the entire building be required?

Major demolition is not  permitted by the HPC when a building is not distressed in the Historic District.   The developers would need a demolition permit and use variances—not a job for the Planning Board.

—–No survey provided

—–No deed to the property provided

—-The developers are asking for 3 bulk variances including one to remove the requirement for keeping the garbage pails in the back.   Where will they go—in the front?

These are some of the questions being raised after review of this “Site Plan.”  We will continue keeping an eye on this situation.

DON McLEAN   ——Isn’t it time for us to fight back against the “castles in the air” syndrome in OceanGrove. We hope to be a historic town not some gentrified nightmare.




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60 Main Avenue at the corner with Pilgrim Pathway. 6/18/16. Blogfinger.net photo ©.

60 Main Avenue at the corner with Pilgrim Pathway. 6/18/16. Blogfinger.net photo ©.

From “60 Main Avenue News:”

“Some other news to share regarding buildings on Main Ave that are or will be going under major renovations/building : The owner, Carter Sackman,  of 60 Main Ave, has plans to add a third floor to its building to create luxury rental apartments.
“Support beams to support the planned third floor addition has already been installed. Yet, no permits have been shown to the public, while DJ’s also shows no permits for his renovations.
“Plans also include renovating its existing second floor rental apartments, refacing the front of the building and renovating inside the shops.

“How is this going to get passed through? Will this be another similar 50 Main Ave. saga or will it be another successful developers plan executed?”

60 Main Avenue shops (r to l) DJ's Deli (undergoing renovations), Pat's Boutique (closed). April Cornell and Pet Boutique. Blogfinger photo ©.

#60 Main Avenue shops (r to l)  DJ’s Deli (undergoing renovations), Pat’s Boutique (closed,) April Cornell, and Pet Boutique.  2nd floor apartments.    Blogfinger photo ©. 6/18/16.

Editor’s Note:  The owner of #60 Main Avenue is said to be  Sackman Enterprises, an established real estate company based in New York City and surrounding states including 6 properties in Asbury Park.

This OG address is not listed on their web site.  We spoke to two current tenants who have no information regarding the third floor project. If any of you have any information about zoning, site plans, variances or other pertinent facts, please share with the Blogfinger readers.

Are we witnessing the intentional progressive increase of density on Main Avenue that will make our downtown more congested with more parking troubles?  Are we witnessing an acceleration of illegal approvals by Township officials beginning lately with Mary’s Place, then the rebuilding of #50 Main Ave,  and now #60 Main Avenue?

Every one of these projects has been done or will be done without following State RSIS parking regulations. And what about handicapped access for all these projects, and has the Township’s zoning been properly implemented for these deals?   And what other such plans are in the works around town?

And what does it mean that a big time developer, Sackman Enterprises, currently busy in Asbury Park, is dipping its wick into the commercial real estate situation of Ocean Grove?

Did you witness the massive crowds in town for the recent flea market and then today for the craft show?  Has the relentless increased popularity of Ocean Grove accelerated the attention of monied real estate interests which might be pushing for greater commercialization?

These are the sorts of issues that the OGHOA should be watching.  If these events and hints of events are ignored, it is at the peril of losing our quaint town as we know it.

Paul Goldfinger, Editor @Blogfinger


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