Marine Commercial District on Beach Haven Board Agenda March 5 

Feb 28, 2018

Beach Haven is moving forward with recommendations presented at its Economic Forum meeting late last year. Councilman Don Kakstis, who chaired the forum, said the land use board is being requested by the borough council to consider two resolutions at its next meeting, on Monday, March 5, at 7 p.m.

Kakstis said the first resolution is a request to approve a limited number of properties (21) in the Marine Commercial District with a non-condemnation redevelopment designation. These are mostly commercial establishments with Morrison’s Marina the largest, owning six of the properties.

The second request is to approve a resolution that would designate the property at the corner of Sixth Street and Bay Avenue as a property in need of rehabilitation. Damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, the space is mostly vacant, with the Post Office its primary tenant.

Kakstis said redevelopment and rehabilitation designations are the first and essential step in a process for a community to manage and benefit from future investment opportunities.

“Because of higher property values that would be realized, there will be significant intermediate- and long-term higher tax revenues from these properties, reducing the tax burden of homeowners,” he said.

In addition, he said the designations would enable Beach Haven to be proactive in reducing the number of empty stores and vacant lots while being selective in the type of project/business that would receive consideration.

“Through the use of short-term tax abatements and flexible zoning requirements, the borough can provide a greater financial return to attract investors,” said Kakstis.

He said using these strategies aids Beach Haven in striving to achieve its Master Plan objectives, such as promoting and encouraging creative revitalization of deteriorated and vacant properties within the business district, to support revitalization plans within the Marine Commercial District and to establish an achievable and sustainable streetscape plan and design standards that are consistent with the influences of the historic preservation district. E.E.

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