Tuesday, July 25, 2017

TBL- 5 Story Buildings with no parking - Court Order

Take Back Lakewood
The Township Committee has messed up again!!

Because the Township Committee failed to act responsibly, now a large 5 story building will be built on the busy corner of 1st and Clifton with ZERO parking spaces instead of 389 spaces! 

The current ordinance allows a 5 story building to be built in the downtown (B-2 zone) with no parking spaces provided!!

Within the past year, 3-4 applicants sought to make use of this loophole to build large scale office buildings with no parking. In March 2016, an application for a 5 story building at the NW corner of 1st and Clifton with no parking was denied by the Planning Board. The applicant proposed a 5 store building totaling 94,975 square feet. In any other area in town, a building of this size would require 389 parking spots. In the congested parking deprived downtown - 0!!!


The board rightfully said that they can't in good conscience approve such an application knowing that it would wreak untold havoc on the neighborhood.

Since then, we and many others appealed to the Township Committee to change the ordinance to require parking in the B-2. The Vaad even pushed for this change! In February 2017, an ordinance on the Township Committee agenda proposed changing this and requiring parking in the B-2. The ordinance was pulled at the last minute after pressure from developers seeking to exploit this loophole. The Master Plan even recommends changing the ordinance to require parking! 

And yet, the Township Committee failed to act!!!

Now it is out of their hands. The above mentioned denial in March 2017 has been appealed in Ocean County Court where a judge ruled that despite the fact that, the Planning Board had no legal right to deny an application that per the Township Ordinances complies with the parking (non)requirements! Therefore, the Judge ruled that although 'There is no dispute that the Downtown area of Lakewood us significantly congested, that there has been within the Township an extreme velocity in development and that the immediate area surrounding the property would be affected by greater competition for fewer parking spaces, the Planning Board must approve this application!! 

Because the Township Committee failed to act responsibly, now a large 5 story building will be built on the busy corner of 1st and Clifton with ZERO parking spaces instead of 389 spaces! 

The application will be heard at the planning board Tuesday night July 25th

47 comments:

  1. Who is the developer and Why would he want to do that, the buildings that cut corners with parking are already struggling to get leases and renters are realizing that it's something to focus on. Unless they are hoping to force the township to build more public parking

    ReplyDelete
  2. The plan is for the township to build a municipal garage a few blocks away, so we can get at least some off-street parking for the tenants. People should get a life & stop kvetching about silly parking.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. go build one of these in Ur backyard.. think about others oin this tow

      Delete
    2. Oh, I'm so sorry Mr "Richee", did we offend or otherwise inconvenience you and your fellow developers? I'm so sorry that we can't help but kvetch about the quality of life issues and havoc (traffic, congestion, lack of parking, etc etc) you guys have wreaked on this town. I guess all of us commoners (not affiliated with the building industry) should work on ourselves to be more accepting and roll over like sheep for the sake of your enrichment. Perhaps you should look for better ways of parnassa and wealth accumulation - something that doesn't involve defecating on the 99% rest of the town.

      Delete
    3. Harold HerskowitzJuly 25, 2017 at 1:54 PM

      So you want taxpayers to pay for the parking that this new building will need? you want me to pay out of my pocket so you can make a buck? And now because of you my store is leaving Lakewood and will eventually also become a five story building. and then another parking garage? I begged them to change the zoning back to 3 story. Nobody listened.I was willing to have my property worth less. Now the town will have nobody to blame but themselves. And by the way, Kishmir Plaza has no leases so we will be built before this monstrosity. Then you will see what it means to have no parking.

      Delete
    4. Why do we the taxpayers have to pay for a parking garage so that u can make money? Our taxes are so high already. Nobody needs a 5 story building in downtown lakewood.

      Delete
    5. I guess us deplorables should just down nicely, while you and your friends rape this town. Should we eat cake as well?

      Delete
    6. Hey Richie,

      Most parking garages don't even have 389 spaces. So you want the taxpayers to spend millions on a parking garage, just for the tenants of this building?

      Delete
    7. The tenants won't want to walk a few blocks to park in the garage. Their going to just take up all the spaces in the lot between 1st and 2nd.

      Delete
  3. i guess theres no reason to speak against it at the planning board tonight since the county has already passed it to be done

    crazy corrupt world we are living int today

    ReplyDelete
  4. Muni workers take up all the parking spot in downtown

    ReplyDelete
  5. Why the outrage? The future builder complied with the rules and is fighting to get the best out of his investment. We can not vote for any independents come November so we will not have any change for some years now. More congestion is the reality we all must now face.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. "Why the outrage.... More congestion is the reality we all must now face."

      That is precisely why there is outrage. And selling and moving out of Lakewood will is not really an option, and will become increasingly harder.

      Property values in Lakewood have been stagnant or falling while the frum neighborhoods in surrounding towns have seen property values skyrocket.

      This trend will only increase as Lakewood becomes increasingly dysfunctional, and property values continue to climb.

      Delete
  6. Harold HerskowitzJuly 25, 2017 at 12:54 PM

    look out for the new KISHMIR tower at 310 3rd street
    coming soon
    thank you township and Eisen

    ReplyDelete
  7. Beautiful!!! The downtown needs bold and creative new buildings to revitalize it and bring it into the 21th century. The old small mom and pop type stores are not going to compete with all the newer strip mall, and until the downtown is modernized it will remain a slum that nobody wants the shop at. I hope more of these go up.

    ReplyDelete
  8. Building like this will be great tax asset to the township, the township should be encouraging this sort of development and trying to make it work. Township should be enforcing parking limits. Also township must consider moving some of its offices away to newer and more modern buildings.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Anon 1:11 just say it you are a developer who is gaining off the backs of Lakewood's poor struggling families. The idea yo relocate the municipal office was only to get a tenant for Cedarbridge do they can charge for land they hot for free and than someone will build a star of the art municipal building costing us millions of millions. One day, whoever us taking advantage of the tzibbur will pay for it.

      Delete
    2. Ah, you can't argue with the logic so you call me a developer, guess what, I DO NOT have any ownership in any properties in Lakewood,and I do not work in construction, real estate or the like. Just a regular guy looking to move out of my rental and buy, and preferably in Lakewood.

      Where did I say anything about cedarbridge? Township owns enough land to build not lease. I want our tax burden to go down with more coming in from commercial taxes, and I want my family to be able to shop in a pleasant and accessable downtown, not the toilet which it is now. Downtown should be the commercial engine of our town, most of the township's offices have no place in the downtown, sell it off and bring in money, or tear it down and make parking, but eitherway it's silly to have commercial rateable sitting with tax free buildings. Not everyone who wants to see Lakewood properly developed is a developer. Some of us want to see a growing town grow the right way. The dirty secret is, it's the property investors who want development to stop temporarily to dry up the supply market and the prices jump. TBL and his ilk are useful idiots of the big landowners in town. (because anyone with sechel knows you can't stop developing forever)

      But go ahead call anyone with an open mind to the future a developer, that's why TBL instead of being a force is a joke.

      Delete
    3. the plan to relocate to near public works is an old idea that never came to fruition due to a lazy township. nobody considered moving the township offices to cedarbridge corporate park

      Delete
    4. Nobody will make any money off the municipal offices moving away, that's why it didn't and will never happen.

      Delete
    5. Relocating to cedar bridge is a nonstarter. Nobody wants to lease to township because that automatically creates a conflict of interest to any future ordinance to any connected entity.

      Delete
    6. Anon 2:22 sorry but your argument is not convincing you may not be a developer but your talking points ar ed coming right out of their mouths. Maybe you have a financial gain here. Why did the township hand out tax abatements to offices and businesses that are not going elsewhere? If they cared so much about ratables why do they continue to give pilots and other freebies while the residents pay very high taxes.
      You said "The dirty secret is, it's the property investors who want development to stop temporarily to dry up the supply market and the prices jump. TBL and his ilk are useful idiots of the big landowners in town. (because anyone with sechel knows you can't stop developing forever)"

      That is an absurd comment or an outright lie just to make TBL look bad while all we want is a better quality of life.

      Delete
    7. Anon 2:55. I'm not in building, mortgages, property management, or anything else related those industries. I'm absolutely against any pilot, tax credits or the many other forms of free cash that twp gives to the downtown stores. But I do live in the area, and hate that I need to travel trough connected lakewood to do my shopping. And here you have someone that wants to improve the area, I'm assuming without any special tax incentive, this is finally a project that hopefully will be for the good of the area, and all the people with their blinders on just come out kvetching. Think to the future because right now downtown is going down the drain.

      Delete
    8. 5 story building, more congestion, and less parking, is not going to revitalize downtown, it is going to cause it to crash.

      Delete
    9. Downtown already crashed. It's hopeless back to the "good old days" full of crime like 20 years ago. And silly tax credits for repainting windows or giving out free ice cream doesn't help anyone.

      Delete
  9. Much more important to oppose shuls that aren't in the downtown area without enough parking!

    ReplyDelete
  10. I'm all for this, all the buildings on Clifton Ave look dilapidated and tired. But no, they should not get a tax abatement for refacing as the master plan recommend. Let the landowners pay for their own construction. No more handouts, no more welfare, no more tax breaks and free services for downtown developers. And a building like this will be an incentives for others to reface their buildings. Also it would be great if the township find the owners for the garbage in front of their stores. And enforced loitering laws.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. A building like this with the accompanying lack of parking and congestion will only cause others to move out of downtown.

      Delete
    2. Many moved out already, buy this developers has a different perspective, I wish him much luck.

      Delete
  11. From TBL..
    Obviously, these committee members intentionally waited for this application to get the go-ahead from the court (based of course on the known lack of parking ordinance) before moving to enact the extremely necessary Ordinance. This way they can give their buddy what he expects from them and it doesn't (so they think) make them look bad.

    This is the one of the legally corrupt strategies they've been known to employ in the past (and currently with some other pending lawsuits against the Twp).

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. didn't help this application, courts decision would've force the board to ignore any new laws passed from the original board denial.

      Delete
  12. 94,975 square feet of rateables, sounds good to me.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Till they apply for an abatement. Additionally if it is going to cost us a multi million parking garage there goes your profits

      Delete
    2. Even without this building, parking garage is coming

      Delete
  13. I do not go downtown in Lakewood ever (or almost never). I rarely drive down Clifton Ave. I try to avoid it like the plague.

    ReplyDelete
  14. Story and facts on $chemed please

    ReplyDelete
  15. I agree 100% with this developer. He is total within his right and he fought for it. kudos to the Judge for upholding the law... This is America and in america land owners have land rights..... Sorry All these complainers if the township would not allow you to drive because it caused traffic you would be yelling " Rights" . I have nothing to do with this developer. In my opinion it would not be reasonable to build a building without parking however this is his business choice. People don't understand that if a person is within his legal rights nothing can be done. I know some will yell "corruption" other will blame traffic on the schools. This is his Legal right end of story

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. And more than that, it can't be expected for the township to just haphazardly change laws that will result in greatly devaluing people's investments.

      Delete
    2. Greedy developers that could care less about other residents quality of life have been around for a long time, and aren't going away anytime soon.

      The complaint here is against the corrupt & reckless behavior of our "elected" committee-men. They had the power to stop this abusive & selfish behavior from continuing to destroy our town.

      In case they weren't smart enough on their own to figure out how to protect Lakewood's citizens from these regular exploitations -- they've been explained and reminded again and again to get this harmful over-development under control.

      Their actions are worse than just sleeping at the wheel. They are in fact part of the problem, because it's quite apparent that they're more interested in providing cover for the developers than protecting the citizens that voted them in. And they're not even trying to hide it anymore..

      Delete
  16. Stupid business plan,his tenants and their clients will not be thrilled driving around downtown Lakewood looking for a parking spot

    ReplyDelete
  17. Wow,looks like a strong dose of Kool -aid is being passed around in Lakewood. It's simple, congestion = more injuries and fatalities but we worship the $$$ and that speaks louder than the safety and well being of our children and residents

    ReplyDelete
  18. It's not zero parking spaces this site has as much of a right to use the parking lots as anyone else does.

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. no one else has 5 stories.
      he only has a right because the ordinance is faulty.
      some of the commentators don't seem to realize that most of the blame is not being placed on the builder for being a capitalist. it is being placed on the boards for having an ordinance that requires no parking and allows this to happen.

      Delete
    2. Harold HerskowitzJuly 26, 2017 at 4:48 AM

      No one else has 5 stories? There is a 5 story building on second street. It got approvals with absolutely no parking. A year later after it was built ,the owner purchased adjacent lots because his tenants couldn't find parking . One of his main tenants is his employee , Meir Lichtenstein management group.

      Delete
    3. Who did the owner purchase the lot from??

      Delete
  19. Here we go again TBL claiming to represent all of us. Watch video till end

    http://hefkervelt.blogspot.com/2017/07/video-meeting-was-not-advertised.html?m=1

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. that's FAA. not TBL.

      Delete