Victoria Rose Project on Beach Haven Council Docket

Aug 01, 2018

The Beach Haven Borough Council will continue discussions on a proposed developers agreement for the Victoria Rose project at a special meeting planned for Thursday, Aug. 2, 10 a.m. Talks began at a special meeting last week.

Victoria Rose is a proposed residential/retail complex which would be built on the site of the old downtown bank building, located on the corner of Bay Avenue and Sixth Street. The complex would contain 22 residential units, each covering 1,200 square feet. Five apartments would be set aside for affordable housing.

The development would also include five yet-to-be-named retail businesses, covering less than 40,000 square feet.

The developers agreement is an outgrowth of the council designating the site for redevelopment in June. James Maley, an attorney who specializes in redevelopment law and serves as a consultant to the borough, said that to qualify for redevelopment status, the district had to meet one or more statutory conditions or requirements. One of them was “areas with buildings or improvements which, by reason of dilapidation, obsolescence, overcrowding, faulty arrangement or design, lack of ventilation, light and sanitary facilities, excessive land coverage, deleterious land use or obsolete layout, or any combination of these or other factors, are detrimental to the safety, health, morals or welfare of the community.”

Another condition was “a growing lack or total lack of proper utilization of areas caused by condition of the title, diverse ownership of the real properties therein or other similar conditions which impede land assemblage or discourage the undertaking of improvements, resulting in a stagnant and unproductive condition of land potentially useful and valuable for contributing to and serving the public health, safety and welfare.”

Borough Manager/Clerk Sherry Mason said the developers agreement will give the borough better control over what is built on that site.

“Any party interested in developing the property would first discuss plans with the council, which would then forward it to the land use board for recommendations,” said Mason.

She said if the agreement is approved, the project will go before the land use board at its next meeting on Monday, Aug. 7, 7 p.m. She said if no agreement is reached, it will not be heard that night.

One of the Victoria Rose partners, Terry Moeller, said he hopes the project can be completed in time for summer 2019.

“The talks with the council have gone well,” he said. “They have been very professional with us and I’m confident it will be resolved.”

— Eric Englund

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