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Meetings With Foodtown Site Developer Planned

Fozman: committee will meet with M&M chief

A township council redevelopment committee will meet with the principal of M&M Realty Partners to discuss the future of the Route 70 site, Councilman Jim Fozman said this week.

"We're setting up another meeting with the redeveloper," when he returns form vacation, Fozman said.

Last month, M&M representatives requested the council change the site's redevelopment plan – which currently calls for a hotel and banquet facility to be built at the site – to allow 192 condominium units, commercial space and about 70 rental units, depending on the complex's overall size.

The proposal has been met with public criticism.

Fozman discussed the matter in response to a question posed by resident John Zingis during the public comment portion of Tuesday's council meeting. Zingis said he was upset that the process of choosing a plan for the site had not been more open to the public.

"The committee has to agree first on what's going to happen and how we're going to go forward on this," said Fozman.

"That's unfortunate," Zingis replied. "I understand your issues with respect to having some closed door meetings, but the minute that door is open, this entire community has a right to know."

"I think the developer really struck a nerve coming in here at the last minute with all these condos," Zingis continued. "I, for one, do not want to see condos in this town, no more. 192 on Route 70 is disgusting. It takes three traffic signals to get through the center of town."

"If you put a hotel, restaurant there, a bank, you're going to go through the same process," said Fozman.

Dawn White, another resident, asked that the council meet with the Citizens' Redevelopment Committee to discuss the matter.

"There is an environmental consultant, there is an engineer, there is someone who has dealt in the planning board and land use meetings for the last 12 years and has sat through hundreds and hundreds of meeting through the approval process," on the committee, she said. "None of you have contacted the chair to sit with any of us, and I don't understand that."

Fozman said he would meet with the committee.

The future of the site remains, ultimately, in the hands of the township council.

"No matter what the procedures are that are laid out in [the redevelopment] agreement, the redevelopment plan is adopted by ordinance and it cannot be changed in the absence of an ordinance," said township attorney Jean Cipriani.

The allow for condominiums to be built at the site, the council would have to approve a revised ordinance on first reading allowing the change from the hotel plan, then hold a public hearing and second vote.

"We're ready, willing and able to do what the council designs this site to do," said Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis. "I … thought we had a plan in place, and now it looks like that plan has changed."

Council President Bob Moore said the future of the site is "not a dead issue" and there will be opportunities for more public input on the tract's future.

Katherine Lockwood February 22, 2013 at 01:24 PM
Gotta be kidding me, he's not that out of line. He also appears to be intelligent so I'd have to assume he will resurface with new identity, if he hasn't already.
joieR February 22, 2013 at 01:45 PM
its there 2 home depots within 5 miles of this site?? Don't think we need anther one... think outside the " BOX" some great Ideas here, yr round water park, old fashion drive in? How about a I play America Like they have in Freehold???
joieR February 22, 2013 at 01:49 PM
The Mantoloking market has been closed ( farmers market) however some type of activity is going on in there & they aren't selling produce anymore... Does ANYONE know whats going on on there?
J.JONES February 22, 2013 at 02:08 PM
@John Z. Mineeemoh was at meeting sitting in the back loudly yelling her comments and objections...
J.JONES February 22, 2013 at 02:09 PM
She is the voice for Fozman
moonpool February 22, 2013 at 02:16 PM
What are the odds that the FBI arrests a Dem councilmen or two before the election? double duce 48% fartman 66% moron 42% tooter. 51% sangergo. 0.3% baandy. 0.3% place. Your bets!
moonpool February 22, 2013 at 02:23 PM
For got one lipstick 32% lipstick will get coucht up on fartmans quest to fill scarpellis shoes with his pack tooter.moron ans boubble duce
Joseph Woolston Brick February 22, 2013 at 02:58 PM
Now I know why my Comcast cable was so high! Cable TV Policy Jim Fozman - Chairperson Domenick Brando Dan Toth Not to change the subject, but did you the good people of Brick, know that if you put up a good omni directional antenna on the roof, you can get 30+ channels from NYC and almost the same from Philly? I'm saving tons of cash not tethered to Comcast anymore. You can do the same! Then we won't need a Cable TV committee, is this the committee that gave Comcast a 15 year exclusive contract?
Katherine Lockwood February 22, 2013 at 03:24 PM
Funny I was thinking this morning, I wouldnt be surprised to find out mineeemoh was the objector, fits the profile.
Jo Amesco February 22, 2013 at 03:54 PM
Thank you, good information for the future,, I have to make a copy of this list; just incase something funny happens in a few months.
Jo Amesco February 22, 2013 at 03:54 PM
too funny fella, too funny.!!
Tarkus February 22, 2013 at 04:20 PM
Chief Wahoo is now using the name "Fight Club", FYI.
Jo Amesco February 22, 2013 at 04:23 PM
Ok, now we all agree about the past and preseant players and the ring master, who's in the pool for our future ? who are the "New Candidates" ??? who applied from the Democrat and Republic sides. This has been such a mystery . . . ? no one, I mean, no one is talking about who's running, or who screened for the position ? As it seems to be; They keep us focus on - only whats', going on stage.? Why are the New commers are so quiet ? That could only mean that both sides have something. This Nov 2013 election will be a good one people"
Jo Amesco February 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Why is it always people with big money,pensions well to do, always running the show.?
Jo Amesco February 22, 2013 at 04:25 PM
Ha, Ha, funny fella, I like it.
Bob Short February 22, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Business and Finance = John Ducey - Jim Fozman Land Use = Jim Fozman Public Works = Jim Fozman Cable TV Policy = Jim Fozman Ethics = John Ducey - Jim Fozman Redevelopment = Jim Fozman - John Ducey " coincidence '' hhhhh..M+M..hhhhhh anyone else see, what I see here.... ?? Attorney + Contractor all on the same page of as the Developer.
Bob Short February 22, 2013 at 06:42 PM
I'l take $5 spot for the Daily Double and lets got for the Trifectta for $20!
Bob Short February 22, 2013 at 06:50 PM
I have a real bad feeling about this people.. If they know, that they might get voted out for Nov. Someone may already have a back room deal in play, no matter what happens after the election. Take a look again who has the whole market cornered. Scam Alert Scam Alert Next election, No more - Rich people playing Rich peoples' games . No more - pension living, No upper or six figure income erners, No more - well to do people running our town,. They only care about themselfs. They have nothing to loose, They can always retire somewhere else if things go bad.. Can you ? Can you pick up and leave tomarrow? These people can, so, if things go bad, would they be around.? I bet NOT... we will be stuck here living with the problems that they caused years after they've gone.
Bob Short February 22, 2013 at 06:54 PM
Good point for both Moonpool about back room dealings and to Jo Amesco's anyone know whos running.?
John Zingis February 22, 2013 at 08:14 PM
Ms. / Mr. Mi********* I was traveling today and some thoughts came to mind ..... #1 - Why don't you use your real name as I do. #2 - Why bring up Birdsall, I did work for them in the early 80's HELLOOOOOOOO #3 - I was a Pt. Pleasant Borough Councilman and ALL Council Committee chairs reported back to the entire governing body at every council meeting (FULL DISCLOSURE) To that end, I am a citizen of Brick who has an opinion. It appears to be shared by many according to comments in th ebrick Patch. It's very unfortunate that Councilman Fozman has elected to run his Committee as he chooses. That's hid decission and I respect that, although I may not agree, as I've publically stated. So, please join the public debate in a civilized manner. Maybe you can come to the next meeting and share your concerns. I would LOVE that,
Jo Amesco February 22, 2013 at 09:32 PM
Fight Club - this is all you: Right from the Clark Patch April 6, 2012 The coming election will bring change for the Republican party. Councilwoman Sheila Whiting is not seeking re-election. Council-members-at-large Al Barr (R) and Angel Albanese's (R) terms are up this year, but both are running again. Joining them on the Republican ticket is newcomer William "Bill" Smith. Phil Laskowski, who ran for council in the fourth ward in 2010, losing to Brian Toal, and newcomers Michael Altman and Michelle Novak make up the Democratic slate. Check back later today for more info on each of the council candidates. "I've been on council for 12 years and did PTA stints for 10 years, so it’s been a long time," Whiting told Patch. "But my husband is going to retire and we are going to move to the shore. I'm going to miss the people of Clark - there’s only one Clark, New Jersey. I’m going to miss working with them and working for them, but when it’s your time to go, it’s your time go." As to her replacement? "Bill Smith - what a nice guy," says Whiting. "He's been working for Clark for a long time and it's nice to see some new blood getting involved." "We’re gonna miss Shiela," Mayor Bonaccorso told Patch. "She's a longtime community activitist, and any cause that’s happened in this town, she, her husband and her family answered call. It’ll be a great loss to community, but I’m sure we’ll still always see her around. We all wish her and her family luck."
Jo Amesco February 22, 2013 at 09:40 PM
mineeeemoh I hope your not right on this one or making accusations?? according to the councilwomans "Own words" she's not running and wants to get away from councliwoman ? Shes been on Board for 12 years,, could you immagine ? She stands solid to her town Clark NJ.. She wants to spend quality time with her husband who's retired? who's ever giving you that information or starting rumors - should check on it.? Councilwoman Sheila Whiting is not seeking re-election. - "I've been on council for 12 years and did PTA stints for 10 years, so it’s been a long time," Whiting told Patch. "But my husband is going to retire and we are going to move to the shore. I'm going to miss the people of Clark - there’s only one Clark, New Jersey. I’m going to miss working with them and working for them, but when it’s your time to go, it’s your time go."
Katherine Lockwood February 22, 2013 at 10:17 PM
Really? Oh I hadn't figured that out;)
John Zingis February 23, 2013 at 06:36 PM
Hello Friends of Forge Pond NJ. PLEASE get your kids involved. I had a great conversation with young adults today about the Foodtown site. I told them what was goin on and they were horrified. I asked that they get involved. After all, I told them, it's your property too. I also told them I needed much help with social media. I hope they come through to spread the word that all we need is a civilized public debate over the future use of the Forge pnd property. www.friendsofforgepondnj.org Thank you all.
ShoreResident February 23, 2013 at 07:18 PM
Still trying to digest this plan. What stands out in my mind is that we really have nothing like the is our town. It seems like a much more urban type of plan. I looked at some on the info posted on the friends website and I see they are expecting approx 500 residents along with the retail space. This floors me! This is an absolute overdevelopment and over use of this property. I am shocked that the council would even consider something like this as potentially suitable. I am shaking me head on this one. Even if the plan is cut in half it would be overdeveloped. This will be a massive behemoth that will stand out in this mostly one and two story town where single family housing dominates. I just don't get it.
Mike M February 23, 2013 at 07:38 PM
There's really not much to make sense of here. It seems that the Council just doesn't want to be bothered by the whole issue of the redevelopment and is just letting M&M do whatever they want or they just want something built there ASAP in order to look good. In any case we need to impressed them that the residents want a seat at the table as redevelopment plans move forward. I, and many other residents, feel that this latest proposal is not in the best interest of current residents. There are ways to create a community asset that provides revenues for the town and active and passive recreation areas for usage of all segments of residents. It just takes some thought and planning. It's an asset for the town, not the Council's or M&M's. Please, anyone who agrees needs to get involved; if you use Facebook pls. join the group "Friends of Forge Pond NJ" in order to stay in the loop. Thank you.
John Zingis March 26, 2013 at 12:55 PM
www.FriendsofForgePondNJ.org are working hard to continue the accumulation of public information and will present new questions to Council. Anyone interested in the development of the site MUST ATTEND the upcoming Council meeting on April 2nd. Additionally, Councilman Fozman requested that anyone with suggestions for the future development of the site should email him or the Citizens Redevelopment Committee. BTW, the Citizens Redevelopment Committee is scheduled to meet at Town Hall this Thursday evening. It's a "closed session", but the public has the right at least to know ther's a meeting. I REALLY would hope the Chairman of the Committee would report to Council so we would get an accurare accounting of the meeting. Please look for us on Facebook too. Friends of Forge Pond - NJ is not against developing the site, but the development must benefit ALL Brick Residents and be done so in an environmentally smart manner. Afterall, this is our last chance to develop this property correctly. PLEASE GET INVOLVED, COME TO MEETINGS AND LET YOUR OPINIONS BE HEARD. Thanks
John Zingis March 26, 2013 at 01:07 PM
Check out this petition. Review it, and if you agree, get involved. http://www.change.org/petitions/the-development-of-proposed-metedeconk-village-at-the-foodtown-site-consider-the-needs-of-the-residents-of-brick As far as I'm concerned Council should act this coming council meeting and put the stake through the heart of the proposed "condo - strip mall" redevelopment idea.
Katherine Lockwood March 26, 2013 at 02:25 PM
Thanks for the updates John, I do hope that more people get involved so that the council truely can feel how pressing of an issue this is for the residents of Brick and so that Mr Fozman can see that this is not what is in the best interest of this town.
John Zingis April 02, 2013 at 02:19 AM
Brick Council meeting tomorrow night - April 2nd at 7pm. The discussion of future condo use at the former Foodtown site will be a much discussed topic. All should attend and join in the discussion. It's OUR TOWN.

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