OCEAN TOWNSHIP: The first public announcement of a possible new development at Deal Road and NJ Highway 35 came back in 2016, as recalled by a locally based developer, Paramount Realty. A scaled-down version of Paramount's initial plans were presented to the public in a presentation at the Ocean Township High School auditorium in April of 2017. Photos of that meeting are shown with the report.
Whereas the initial plans showed 255 residential units and 50,000 Square feet of commercial space, the plans presented in April (photos) were substantially downsized to 70 residential units, 50,000 square feet of retail, and an extended stay Marriott Residence Inn.
After meeting and listening to many of the residents' concerns over the months since April, the developer has made even more significant updates and modifications to the overall plan. The developer, Maurice Zekaria, has grown up and continues to live in Ocean Township.
During this time the Ocean Council introduced a revised, new zoning ordinance. In a request for review Council made of the Planning Board, the Board agreed that the new ordinance was consistent with the current master plan. There was one minor change proposed, clarification of the term "school".
The existing owner of the property, Ahold (Stop and Shop) has a court case scheduled for February, and reportedly they are confident that they will win, and believe they will be able to build a much larger development, perhaps without many of the traffic improvements now proposed by Zekaria.
The changes proposed by Zekaria/Paramount are reflected below and will be presented in more detail on Jan. 4th at 7 p.m. in the Ocean High School auditorium. Public attendance is anticipated by the developer and response to the public by the developer and subject experts will be the format encouraged. Ocean officials will not participate, per Mayor Chris Siciliano in the December 28 Council Workshop meeting.
The changes are:
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