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Revised Plans For Ocean Township Development To Presented Jan. 4

A rendering of the project presented by the developer earlier this year. The plan has reportedly changed since that time.

OCEAN TOWNSHIP: Revised plans for a development on the corner of Deal Road and Route 35 will be presented to the public on Jan. 4.

The previous plans included 70 townhouses, a health club, a convenience store with a gas station, food store, and an upscale 112-room hotel. It is not known if any of these planned uses have changed since they were first introduced in February.

Mayor Chris Siciliano said the new plans will be unveiled by the developer.

"The proposed developer, Paramount Realty, whose president is an Ocean Resident, has once again graciously offered to present his plan to the public on Thursday, January 4th, 7-9 pm, at the High school auditorium," Siciliano said on his Facebook page. "The developer will have a short presentation, which has changed dramatically from the last video and plans shown here."

Siciliano said the public will be allowed to question the developer's professionals on any topic they wish such as traffic, drainage and stream encroachment.

He said the plan is not being endorsed by the council and that it is purely for public knowledge.

"The Mayor and Council are NOT promoting or endorsing this plan or any other plan," he said. "This is just a rare opportunity for the public to preview a plan that may end up in front of the planning board at some point."

The 31-acre parcel is located to the west of the town's s library, historical museum and Joe Palaia Park and was formerly used as farmland.

The land has been owned by Ahold USA, owners of Stop & Shop, since 2001. The developers wanted to build a supermarket on the site, but a change to the zoning in 2006 did not allow their plan to move forward; prompting an ongoing lawsuit against the town. However, Paramount Realty is now in the process of purchasing the property and will try to move their plans forward

The council recently introduced an update to its Master Plan which residents have argued could make it easier for Paramount Realty to have their plans approved by the Ocean Township Planning Board. The update would allow for additional uses such as a gas station and hotel in the zone. The zoning currently allows ground floor commercial office space and the second floor residential.

The board recently found the update to be "consistent" with the current plan and the Ocean Township Council must now vote to approve the ordinance before it can be adopted. This will likely take place in January as it was not either of the council's December meeting agendas.

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