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No Roy Rogers in Brick, For Now

Planning board vote ends in a tie

Votes by the township planning board to deny – as well as approve – an application by Roy Rogers to build a restaurant on Brick Boulevard both ended in ties Wednesday night.

That means while the restaurant chain's application was not technically denied, it was not approved either, and therefore it cannot be built.

Roy Rogers altered its original plan for the proposed site, at the northwest corner of Brick Boulevard and Molly Lane, to reduce the size of the restaurant to 2,000 square feet from 3,000 square feet, redesign its drive-through and add parking spaces and a bike rack.

Harvey York, the attorney for Roy Rogers, also said the company would agree to modify its drainage plan so, in the event of a 100 year storm, water flowed into existing drainage on Brick Boulevard rather than to an adjacent lot.

The company also asked the board to approve a small number of minor setback and lot coverage variances.

Residents of a nearby senior citizen development formally opposed the plan, and were being represented by attorney Ron Gasiorowski of Red Bank.

"I am advocating that you comply with your ordinances," Gasiorowski told board members, urging them to reject the application due to the variances required.

Some board members were not satisfied with the restaurant chain's plans, even after they were revised.

Board member Joseph Marra said he was unsatisfied with the overall plan for the lot, which would also include two retail stores.

"I'm not opposed to a Roy Rogers being there," he said, but a free-standing restaurant without the extra retail space would be better.

Board member Skott Burkland said the restaurant chain's argument that variances should be granted due to a hardship presented by the lot itself was not valid.

"In my opinion, this is a self-created hardship," he said. "I don't think this passes the test of good planning."

Board member James Coakley disagreed, however.

"I think that we were presented with a very challenging application in a challenging location in our town," he said. "I think they did take some good planning measures in this revised plan, and I was happy to see what they came back with because they came up with a very functioning development in a very challenging area of town."

Motions to deny and approve the agreement, taken in that order, both ended in 4-4 ties.

While the restaurant cannot be constructed since its application was not approved, a window for a new application by the chain may have been opened.

CT October 11, 2012 at 02:55 PM
The seniors fought the Sonic that wanted to open in that location -- so why would anyone think they'd feel differently about a Roy Rogers?
CT October 11, 2012 at 03:02 PM
Are there any plans for the site of the former Arby's / Krispy Kreme at the corner of Chambersbridge and RT 70 next to Best Buy?
Michael October 11, 2012 at 04:34 PM
When is the chick fil-A going to be built near Lowes/Raymour & Flanigan? And when are they ever going to start construction at the old Foodtown site on Route 70 and Brick Blvd? Why does this red tape take so long to get through and get started. What's the holdup?
J.JONES October 11, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Hey why not build Arby's,Dennys,Roy Rogers in the Foodtown lot.. A Giant Multi Plex food complex...And maybe another Liq. Store and Ice Cream place....I'm kidding we don,t need any more of the above...But they do need to put something in that eye sore empty lot..
J October 11, 2012 at 04:37 PM
I'd rather see a CFA get refused...
Anthony October 11, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Put an Old Country Buffet there. Seniors would love it, and so would I.
J.JONES October 11, 2012 at 06:36 PM
Wink,wink liq. Store ......dan...
Sue October 11, 2012 at 07:06 PM
I think a Cracker Barrel would be a great addition to Brick. Nice family place and the seniors would probably not fight that since it has the type of food and atmosphere they would like.
Cat October 11, 2012 at 08:37 PM
I would love a Roy Rogers here in Brick. Also a Sonic, an Arby's (sorry they closed), Cracker Barrel is nostalgic but nice, Oh by the way.......I'm a senior lol....Anytime something gets voted down "it's the senior's faut". No always people, only when it makes good sense. lol.............................
Cat October 11, 2012 at 08:41 PM
I meant to say "not" always
Comfortably Numb October 11, 2012 at 08:53 PM
WHITE CASTLE!
Lisa Scalley October 11, 2012 at 11:58 PM
I want a Sonic!! I think the old Friendly's location would be awesome!!
Joan-o October 12, 2012 at 12:15 AM
The seniors in this town got their way with Sonic not being built. It seems every time any fast food chain tries to build on that spot, they start screaming like spoiled brats determined to get their way. Sonic should build on the vacant old Hess gas station site in front of the parking lot where Super Stop-N-Shop is located. As far as White Castle, CFA, CB or any food chain is concerned, it will take an act of GOD for the Brick Twp "boards" to get their act together and actually APPROVE something!!!!!
Mike D. October 12, 2012 at 01:46 AM
Yet, they approved another restaurant for Brick Plaza where Kinko's used to be. Here comes Joe's Crab Shack. Are all those restaurants in one area necessary, yet they say no to Roy Rogers. Unbelievable.
KC October 12, 2012 at 04:59 AM
Ewwww. Those places make me think of severely obese gluttonous people. All you can eat. Ewwwww
KC October 12, 2012 at 05:00 AM
Roy Rogers rode off into the sunset with Dale Evans. That is where they should stay lol.
Kaity Kusner October 12, 2012 at 07:06 AM
I agree.
Mrgrumpass October 12, 2012 at 12:18 PM
If Roy Rogers or White Castle were selling wine they might just get a little extra help!
lola October 12, 2012 at 12:36 PM
LIKE!!
Arlene Lucante October 12, 2012 at 01:25 PM
We enjoy both White Castle and Roy Rogers... We ride all the way to Barnegat when we get a craving for Roy.........
DT October 12, 2012 at 01:47 PM
What about a Hooters ???? Just Sayin :)
nan October 12, 2012 at 03:21 PM
The seniors in this town did not get their way. The seniors in the Pavillion got their way. I am a senior but live near exit 91 of the GSP and I spoke in favor of Sonic. Would prefer it where Arbys was or near exit 91 even better.
nan October 12, 2012 at 03:23 PM
I cannot but think abut the Mayor who pleaded guilty to extorting bribes. Does the practice continue with some boards?
Betty Dittman October 12, 2012 at 03:29 PM
How about a Golden Coral?
G. Wagner October 12, 2012 at 05:58 PM
Looks like there are several old time Brick residents here.....The corner of Brick Blvd and Chambersbridge is spot on!
G. Wagner October 12, 2012 at 05:59 PM
I din't know there was a Ginos there before the Roy Rogers. I am a newcomer then I guess... only lived here since 83
Jim October 12, 2012 at 07:54 PM
Brick planning board would never approve any plan that made sense. That's why the town is filled with empty buildings, bankrupt, and half their politicians are in jail.
Jim October 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Yes, it's more a question of what boards it doesn't happen on.
John Pine October 12, 2012 at 07:55 PM
Well when Arbys closed I had no reason to go to Brick. And with no Roys either I still don't. Funny how they have no problem approving fancy developments and fancy restaurants but when it comes to good food at a decent price, not in Brick. So Brick is stuck with the big 3 garbage food places, BK, Wendys, and McDonald's (well Wendys used to be good till Dave Thomas passed away). I'll stick to the Roy Rogers in Pine Beach, and Arby's on Rt.9 in Toms River. The traffic on 549 is reason enough to avoid the area.
John Pine October 12, 2012 at 07:57 PM
Don't you know, good fast food places aren't allowed in Brick!

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