Rally to Save Asbury’s North End Beach:
Quick reminder that the Rally to Save Asbury Park’s north end beach from development will be held Thursday (tomorrow), June 26th, 7 pm at Asbury Park City Council Chambers.
If you can not make the Freeholder meeting in Asbury Park this Thursday at 7 pm please submit your written comments to firstname.lastname@example.org Include in the subject line “Written Comments for the Freeholder Meeting 6/26/14” and please cc: email@example.com
Correction of Freeholder Burry’s Email:
Freeholder Burry responded with a form email to all who submitted comments in support of the County’s involvement in purchasing the development rights for the Townhomes at Bradley Cove. She claims in the email that there is “a lot of misinformation out there.”
Honest communication is essential in any partnership. In that spirit we would like to clarify each of the “facts” Freeholder Burry states.
1. She states “the area involved in the development debate with iStar consists of approximately ½ acre of land, currently being used as a public street, owned by iStar”
The land is not owned by iStar, but they do own the development rights to build 15 townhomes on the site. The half acres she mentions runs from south of the Asbury Tower to north of the triangle property. This long narrow strip slices through the area, is flooded by lake and ocean waters, encroaches on public lands used for recreation, walls off the beach and ocean, and is inconsistent with Bradley’s vision for Asbury Park.
As far as misinformation with regard to this point, at our first rally we outlined the footprint of the Bradley Cove Development with supporters and took a picture from Asbury Tower. We personally brought that enlarged picture to many Recreation Commission meetings, of which Burry is the chair. We also use it as the background of our Save the North Beach of Asbruy Park Facebook page and publicized it widely. The photo is attached above.
2. Her second facts is that “…Monmouth County, the Parks & Recreation Commission was the agency that retained an appraiser who drew the conclusion that there are too many variables affecting the property that influence its value, to finalize the appraisal and certify the value.”
This point was discussed at both the Freeholder and Recreation Commissioner level. The solution, a two-tiered appraisal, is used fairly often in land acquisition deals. The first tier assumes the developer receives no special approvals, setting the price floor. The second tier assumes all special approvals are obtained, setting the price ceiling.
3. Her third fact states, “the appraiser has put the value of over $3 million on this ½ acre, without improvements.”
Considering the appraisal was of the development rights to build 15 townhomes, and the City of Asbury Park still holds the title to this land, it is impossible that the tract could be appraised “without improvements.” Furthermore, the appraisal was done prior to Superstorm Sandy that inflicted millions of dollars in damage to the wastewater treatment plant, flooded and triggered an electrical fire in the Asbury Tower, filled Deal Lake with sand, and devastated many homes in Loch Arbour.
Freeholder Burry closes with the argument that “this property can be protected through negotiations between the City and iStar as part of a revision to the City’s redevelopment plan.”
In that she is correct, but realistically a city on State Transitional and School Development Authority aid cannot go it alone on this project anymore than the County should. This is particularly the case when the taxpayers of Deal, Allenhurst, Interlaken, Loch Arbour, Asbury Park and Ocean Township contribute over $1.5 million to the County Open Space fund each and every year; money specifically intended for projects like this one.
We are still hopeful that the County Freeholders are open to a partnership that will preserve this land as a regional recreation hub and storm buffer.
Campaign Coordinator, Save Asbury Park’s North End Beach
On Thursday, June 26th at 7 PM in the Asbury Park City Council Chambers the Monmouth County Freeholders will be holding their public session. We need their help to save Asbury Park’s north end beach from development.
RSVP on Facebook here.
It is imperative that we come out in force to convince the Freeholders to take up our cause. Mark your calendar and be there Thursday, June 26th at 7 pm at the Asbury Park City Council Chambers.
An important day in the struggle to preserve Asbury Park’s north end beach is just around the corner. This land is one of the last coastal open spaces in Monmouth County. It must be preserved. The Monmouth County Freeholders are in a unique position to do just that. They are coming to town on June 26th!
Since 2007 the proposed “Townhomes at Bradley Cove” have been opposed by thousands of people because they sit in an area flooded by lake and ocean waters, encroach on public lands used for recreation, wall off the beach and ocean, and are inconsistent with Bradley’s vision for Asbury Park.
Thanks to the leadership of Councilmembers Quinn and Moor, the City is finally submitting an application to obtain State Green Acres funds. These funds can be used by the City to purchase the development rights for this land from iStar.
The City needs help. The Green Acres grant requires a 25% match. If the City gets a million dollars from the State, the County could provide the $250,000 dollar match. They could also finish the appraisal that Freeholder Burry promised before her last election bid in 2011, which is still incomplete 3 years later.
It is imperative that we come out in force on Thursday, June 26th at 7 pm at the Asbury Park City Council Chambers. Let’s convince the Freeholders that Asbury Park’s north end beach is worth saving!
Your help is needed to Save Asbury Park’s north end beach.
Please click here to send all 5 Monmouth County Freeholders an email requesting that they help Asbury Park in its effort to raise funds to buy the Bradley Cove tract development rights back from iStar.
The County can help in a number of ways:
June 4, 2014
Carmen A. Biase Community Center
719 Main St. Bradley Beach, NJ 6:00-7:30 PM
Join the Jersey Shore Chapter of the Surfrider Foundation and the Bradley Beach Environmental Commission to learn how to build and install your very own rain barrel. The Rutgers Water Resources Program is coming back to Bradley Beach to host another one of their popular Build A Rain Barrel Workshops.