Residential Subdivision at Former Trailer Park Site in Holgate Gets Preliminary Approval

Sep 20, 2017
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

The Long Beach Township Land Use Board has granted preliminary approval to a proposal to develop the site of the former Long Beach Island Trailer Park in Holgate. Applicant Island’s End, LLC plans to create 41 single-family residential lots on the land.

The trailer park was damaged by Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and the owners – Long Beach Island Trailer Park Inc. – decided not to reopen.

Last year, US Home Corps d/b/a Lennar was denied when it went before the board with a plan to create 51 single-family home lots on the property.

Island’s End, meanwhile, originally requested both preliminary and final major subdivision approval, but during the meeting this was amended to a request for only preliminary approval. “The engineer and I thought it was better to do this in two parts,” Board Attorney Al Sicheri, of Sicheri & Sicheri in Manahawkin, said Monday.

“It was really a very nice application,” he added, noting that despite a crowded room, only one person spoke in objection to the plan. “I think this will be an asset to the area.”

The 41 lots, Sicheri pointed out, all meet the average of lots in the area, with most of them around 5,000 square feet. The applicant did require a special variance to create lots of this size rather than 36 6,000-square-foot conforming lots.

According to Sicheri, there are a few changes the applicant will have to make – such as producing “architecturals,” to demonstrate a consistent architectural style, and ensuring more off-street parking – before returning before the board for final approval. —J.K.-H.

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