Foodtown site

Why don't we make the Foodtown site a park or add onto the golf course? We don't need more condos! That will increase our school taxes
Jim February 01, 2014 at 09:34 AM
Take a good look around the town, we have far too many empty office spaces as well as retail spaces. the town bought the site, so we need some kind of rateables coming out of it, but don't need MORE office or retail space. A park would be nice, no to adding on to the golf course. A hotel won't last , not enough people coming there unless it's the summer. This is a tuff call, I do hope the new mayor and council choose wisely.
Liz February 01, 2014 at 10:28 AM
I agree Jim, Having a lot of empty retail and office space makes Brick look undesirable. We don't need more! I never liked going to Foodtown when it was there because of the difficulty going in and out. There are too many U turns. If we could get the county on board with making it a recessive park, that would help. Our town is big and we do need parks. Don't forget that it is right next to our water supply. We don't want to drink polluted water just to save a dollar on taxes. Cancer treatments are far more expensive.
J.JONES February 01, 2014 at 10:28 AM
Sell the damn property and take that money and put it towards the towns taxes ..help the people for once...friends and family meet the new boss same as the old boss...
Liz February 01, 2014 at 10:31 AM
Brickneeds help, Our property values go down when we are a town with building after building of empty spaces. We don't need more. People that come here now think we are a depressed area. We don't need more empty retail and office space.
J.JONES February 01, 2014 at 10:34 AM
Liz I agree the foodtown lot is worth millions and the town could use the $$$ ..We have so many emptys building I agree and yet they let new ones build what a mess DEM'S OR REPUBLICANS NO BETTER !!!
Jim Jupiter February 01, 2014 at 12:52 PM
Dave & Busters!
Liz February 01, 2014 at 01:02 PM
That would work! Maybe have a passive park in the back.
disgusted homeowner February 01, 2014 at 05:01 PM
Make it simple, just put the old FOODTOWN back and all will be happy in the merry ole land of Brick. Their meat dept. was great........
Liz February 01, 2014 at 11:51 PM
I am concerned about the water we drink and the chemicals and other pollution that run off causes. It seems that the mayor and council are not thinking about that at all. This is our water and I think a passive park would be best.
Liz February 02, 2014 at 01:55 PM
The old Food Town went out of business, partly because of the location and the U turn problem. Same with Work Out World. Both places are a poor location for retail and office space. Condos would bring to many students into our schools and run-off problems for our water. A passive park is the best for long tern planning. We should look into Green Acres money.
Liz February 02, 2014 at 01:56 PM
Is anyone interested in helping me with this?
disgusted homeowner February 03, 2014 at 06:56 AM
@Liz. Foodtown's demise was due to the opening of the Costco in the early 90's on the old rt. 70 and rt. 88 site a block away. It drained a lot of their business away just like the walmart supercenter is doing to the Brick Pathmark on rt.88 They too are a block apart. Before the "old" costco opened, the owner of the foodtown actually had a billboard up saying a "super Foodtown" was coming to the site. Once Costco arrived, he changed his mind and the billboard came down. 6 years later they closed. Whenever a new store or restuarant opens, people tend to rush over to it because it's "new" and older businesses tend to take a hit in sales. But the challenge for ANY new business is whether they will be there 5 years later for the long haul. In town, we've seen many establishments disappear after a year or 2. Like 6th ave electronics on Brick Blvd. in the old general stores building. That too sits empty.
suzanne February 03, 2014 at 08:22 AM
Pricey Condo's in Brick..NOT NEEDED! Brick has nothing to offer upscale residents.
Liz February 03, 2014 at 08:43 AM
I think that Brick has a lot to offer all residents. We have a great yacht cluc, a beach, we have the bay and the ocean. I do think we could use more recreation. A nice passive park with trails and fishing would be best. If there is anyone else interested in getting a movement going, let me know.
lazereye February 03, 2014 at 05:33 PM
They are never going to put a park there so just forget that idea.
Liz February 03, 2014 at 05:55 PM
Everyone should really think about our water. It should be a park. I drove around Brick yesterday and there already is so much empty office and retail space in this town. What is the cost per pupil in our schools? It is crazy to put condos there. It is Penny wise and pound foolish.
lazereye February 03, 2014 at 06:37 PM
Liz you are 100% correct.
Liz February 03, 2014 at 07:45 PM
Thanks Lazereye, Maybe if we can get enough people we could change the plan. They changed the plans for condos at Traders Cove. A friend of mine that moved to Connecticut lives in a town with two acre zoning. They wanted to keep the school budget down, so they changed the zoning. What is wrong with Brick? No foresight at all.
lazereye February 04, 2014 at 08:23 AM
TAXES TAXES TAXES That's all they care about.
Jim February 04, 2014 at 11:06 AM
lazereye, you say that taxes are all they care about> well without more taxes coming in we will not be able to afford another park, we will have nobody around to keep the park clean, I to am a believer in building condo's at Traders Cove> the town could make I would think a good amount of money. More importantly we should be worried about the increase in drugs in our town !!! I still think it's long past time for this town to declare WAR on all drug dealers and yes USERS as well !!! Let's take the chains off the police and let them clean out the druggies fro good.
lazereye February 04, 2014 at 04:10 PM
Jim you are half right.
Liz February 04, 2014 at 07:09 PM
We would have to clean up Seaside before we could really make a difference. I did grand jury duty and most of the drugs come in through seaside. But since it seems to be a priority to rebuild it again, I don't think anything will change.
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 12:09 AM
Brick has a lot to offer in the way of upscale housing, though I must admit I looked skeptically at the price estimates from the developer on the proposed condos. You really have to live in Brick and be aware of the intricacies of the town (and the neighboring communities) to understand what type of housing works here and what does not.
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 12:12 AM
Liz - As someone looking to purchase his "first place," I hesitate on Seaside because of its current troubles, but I personally believe when it is rebuilt it will rival Seaside Park, Lavallette, etc. in home values. Once the bungalows and motels go, it may become upscale. I have mixed feelings on that, as I appreciate a good night partying there, but I think it is inevitable and a good buy for someone who can put up with some of the negatives in the interim. Whether that is ME, per se, is up for debate. But good deals are there to be had.
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 12:15 AM
Also, Liz - There could very well be Mt. Laurel issues if a town went to two-acre zoning in NJ. The obligations under COAH are calculated by new homes built, but in recent years they have also taken into account buildable land. Brick could have found itself in a real tough spot (as Wall is currently finding itself) if we went that route over the long haul.
Liz February 05, 2014 at 12:59 AM
When I did grand jury duty in Ocean County about 75% of the cases were from Seaside Heights. It is a real shame that it attracts such a bad crowd! I wasn't saying that we should have two acre zoning in Brick, just that building condos that will bring in tax money is crazy because school tuition is far more costly than the tax money brought in.
Daniel Nee (Editor) February 05, 2014 at 02:56 AM
Makes sense, Liz!
diana verderame kieffer February 08, 2014 at 08:33 PM
Why don't we make it into a rehab so we are not no. 1 in herion deaths and abuse lets focus
Liz February 09, 2014 at 07:52 AM
That is a good idea! Much better than condos and retail.
Liz February 09, 2014 at 07:53 AM
Maybe they could make the grounds nice for the residents to walk around and reflect


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