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Ground Broken in Brick at Future Tudor Village Site

Lt. Gov. in town for ceremony

Township and state officials gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Tudor Village community Friday afternoon.

The development, which will be nestled in the woods off Route 70 near the Bancroft Neurohealth site, will include 12 apartments, nine of which will be set aside for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Tudor Village is being built by Brick-based Homes Now Inc., a nonprofit company, and several partners. The project has received both state and federal grant funding.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, said the Brick project is one of the first of its kind in the state and is in line with Gov. Chris Christie's call for the mentally disabled to be assimilated into the community rather than institutionalized.

Guadagno said when she took office, New Jersey had the second-highest number of institutionalized people of any state in the country.

"We knew ... that we were going to have to find a safe, secure state-of-the-art place to put people who should be assimilated into our society and not instutionalized," said Guadagno. "When I heard about Tudor Village and everything it was, I had to come."

"People said it couldn't be done, but it can be done if we all get together and single-mindedly understand that the goal is to find safe and secure homes for the most vulnerable in our society," she said.

Tudor Village will also include housing for low-income veterans, officials said.

Those with mental disabilities living at the facility will receive round-the-clock care by The Arc of Ocean County.

Most who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony credited Carol Wolfe, President of Homes Now, for getting the project off the ground.

Last year, Homes Now entered into a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with the township. Under the PILOT agreement, the facility will make an annual payment to the township despite being exempt from traditional property taxes. PILOT agreements are common in situations when a tax exempt organization or complex owns property. They usually pay close to what a market rate tax payment would be.

The site of the future complex has already been cleared and construction is set to begin soon.

WMS826 September 15, 2012 at 09:46 AM
Does anyone not see this as a good idea.or is it just me. Do we not have enough affordable housing here already. Will you tear down the Route 88 trailer park next for us and put these people in some of that low income stuff. We do not seem to be cleaning things up by doing this, just adding to the mess. God bless the vets, but low income vets means, homeless PTSD vets to me. Do we need to attract a bunch of Pathmark shooters in one place.
jack36 September 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM
Yea, I'm not thrilled about this. How about building affordable housing for regular citizens....there are plenty of working families who cannot afford to live in brick.
lisa September 15, 2012 at 12:42 PM
great. with all the bombed out, boarded up foreclosures in Lakewood, why couldn't they just buy up that crap and make it into something rather then tear down more wooded areas??? I just don't get it sometimes.
Jonnyboy September 15, 2012 at 01:19 PM
This article makes it sound like Brick is the first place to have people with disabilities living among people without disabilities. Another first for Brick so Steve can add that to his list of accomplishments, sorry, I have news for you, my cousin does have disabilities, she's 60 yrs old and has been living in a group home in north Jersey for many years, in a regular neighborhood, they go to work, support themselves etc. just like you and me. It's all just hype and a bunch of BS
Kim E September 15, 2012 at 03:46 PM
Jonnyboy, they do not support themselves. They get SSI and SSD. We support them.
Daniel Nee (Editor) September 15, 2012 at 04:15 PM
The housing will be targeted to female veterans with children.
RCL67 September 15, 2012 at 04:36 PM
We should help our Vets. They serve our country honorably and put their lives on the line for our freedom. People hear " low income" and they think Section 8. Unfortunately , Brick is seeing the effects of that program. I know what it has done to my area.
Anthony September 15, 2012 at 05:18 PM
Wow, you guys are really complaining about building homes completely out of the way on Rt 70 for developmentally disabled people and female veterans with children. Sorry Brick can't be your ideal town, all white, Christian, middle class working people, living in cheap housing in a town that never grows and never builds anything new. News Flash: That place doesn't exist, and it never will. There is hope for you though, since you hate it here so much and all those people and minorities that are SUCH a huge burden on your daily lives: YOU CAN LEAVE AT ANY TIME. Too many liquor stores? Leave. Too many minorities? Leave. Too many affordable housing units? Leave. Too much crime? Leave. It's really very simple. If you can afford to live here, you can afford to live in any other state in the Nation. Brick is growing. You can't stop it, you can't do anything about it. Rather than sit here and complain every day, LEAVE.
Anthony September 15, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Oh and by the way, these ARC run homes are already all over Brick and most likely in your neighborhood. But I'm sure you already knew that because of all the problems they create and how they influence your daily life oh so much.
Typical Obama Voter September 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The caption should read...." The tax payers are broke, the town is broke, the county is broke, the state is broke, the federal government is broke. But keep digging the hole so we can get deeper and deeper in debt"......The reason they are all smiling is because they are thinking about how much money their friends and families are making off of these tax payer funded schemes.......
Anthony September 16, 2012 at 02:20 AM
"Tudor Village is being built by Brick-based Homes Now Inc., a nonprofit company, and several partners. The project has received both state and federal grant funding." Stop crying
Tired of the BS September 16, 2012 at 02:34 AM
And many people with physical & mental disabilities already live in Brick & have for many years. What's the point you are trying make?
Daniel Nee (Editor) September 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Alright. This one has gone far enough. Look, I live in Herbertsville. I'm duly acquainted with Maple Leaf and the problems associated with that development ("Section 8," etc.) and the entire situation over there. I see it with my own eyes driving down the road every day. And we've never shied away from reporting on the issues over there and in similar developments in town. If we did, we wouldn't have any credibility. We don't ignore even the most uncomfortable of realities here. That said, Tudor Village in no way, shape or form - in our wildest imaginations - parallels that situation or similar ones whatsoever. It's a rather small community targeted at a very specific demographic, and it's also in an isolated block off Route 70 nobody will ever notice. With that, comments are being closed on this one. Carry on.

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