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A dumpster raises the specter of  “progress” at the Aurora.   November 6, 2018. © Blogfinger undercover staff photo.


By Paul Goldfinger, Editor and Jack Bredin, researcher/reporter.

As you may know the Neptune Township Board of Absurdities granted a use variance to the new owner of the Aurora Hotel. He was given permission to turn that building into two structures separated by a wall.  He wants to have two single family units on each side, equaling 4.

We have written about some of the problems we have seen regarding this planned outrage at one of our town’s most important historic structures  (per Ted Bell, OG historian.)

The Aurora project cannot proceed legally until:  the developer receives approvals for a legal subdivision, a site plan is approved, bulk variances are received, and the HPC issues a Certificate of Appropriateness.  Then, after all approvals are given, the developer can apply to the Building Department for permits to stick in the window of the building.

Here are a few factoids relating to this matter:

a. No work can be done inside without an approved site plan.

b. A subdivision has to occur, turning this single lot into two, but there is not enough room for such multifamily housing on that single lot which is only about 4,700 square feet.  More like 120,000 sq ft. would be needed.

The single lot was once a double lot in 1879, but that is no longer true, no matter what Mr. Haney says about reverting to historic zoning maps.

c. The bulk variances have to do with eliminating the requirement that a rear yard separate the two lots, since both buildings will be attached.

d.  There is a lawsuit pending regarding the Board of Adjustment’s awarding a use variance.

So, what is the dumpster doing there?   Well, there are no restrictions regarding bringing junk out of the house and into the dumpster. But if there is work being planned inside and/or outside, that would have to wait for the various approvals.  Hopefully the Township won’t allow that dumpster to remain without progress being made to fill it up.

Blogfinger will be having a film crew at the site to document all the ways that local laws are to be ignored. We expect to see the usual Neptune “turn a blind eye” syndrome while a developer defies the laws. A noted OG observer observes, “They do whatever they want.”

Watch for us streaming on Netflix with “The Case of the Aurora Dumpster.”





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