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Nobility Crest Housing, Commercial Development Approved

Mixed use complex gets planning board approval

The township's Planning Board has approved the construction of Nobility Crest, a mixed-use commercial and residential development that will be built in an area behind the U.S. Post Office off Chambers Bridge Road.

The development will include a total of 214 housing units, said Mike Fowler, Brick Township Planner. Of those units, 170 will be two styles of townhouses, with an additional 44 apartment unit built on top of 20,000 square feet of commercial space.

"That will tie into the ShopRite-Kohls plaza that's right next to it," Fowler said, of the commercial space.

The development will not be age restricted, but "age targeted," Fowler said, meaning the developer, Nobility Crest LLC, will market units to certain age groups.

"They're targeting empty nesters, or the newly married people or singles who aren't looking for the big house or the big yard," said Fowler.

The property will not include designated affordable, "Mount Laurel" housing, Fowler said.

The approval of the development comes several months after a judge between the township and the developer following rounds of legal negotiations.

Nobility Crest's owners had sued the township seeking to lift the age restriction under a state law that allows developers to drop age restrictions if a piece of land cannot realistically be developed with the restrictions in place. The township council voted on Feb. 15 to enter into a consent decree with Nobility Crest which lifted the age restriction but limited the residential complex to 214 housing units. Previously, the developer sought to include 300 units. Had Nobility Crest won its lawsuit, the complex could have been built with the 300 units unrestricted.

"It took a long time, but it was finally approved, and hopefully it will be a nice project," Fowler said.

morrissey November 18, 2011 at 07:13 PM
Bricktucky never fails to disappoint
Joseph Woolston Brick November 18, 2011 at 07:15 PM
An after thought. NOBILITY CREST? Bet King Acropolis came up with that one! I'll be waiting for the announcement of a new town hall built there with a throne and a round table in the main office.
JHill November 18, 2011 at 08:25 PM
There won't be a road on Cedarbridge. There is a stream running right into the Barnegat Bay running right through the middle of that woodland. If you look at the map it looks like it will run directly from Maplewood all the way up to the back of Shop Rite.
Jerseyclone November 18, 2011 at 08:28 PM
Looks like another place for gangs, drug dealer, Lakewood faction and others to hang there hat for next to nothing. Next we will need more cops, public works employees and it just keeps going on. Like others have said we have to much residential and commercial property that does not sell now, why do we need more. Like Morrissey said we are now to be known as "BRICKTUCKY".
Joseph Woolston Brick November 19, 2011 at 03:15 AM
Please people, don't let this happen.
BW November 19, 2011 at 02:15 PM
http://www.nobilitycrest.com/ It seems they have plans to build up other areas of Brick. Scroll down and it will tell you what they have planned.
JB November 19, 2011 at 08:03 PM
Bad idea. Bad timing. Bad location. Perfect location for more Lakewood residents to come over to Brick as the Orthodox Jews keep chasing the non-Jewish residents out by buying up all the property and rebuilding.
RCL67 November 19, 2011 at 08:28 PM
I just looked at the website. Are they kidding? Aren't we crowded enough ! We have enough problems to address without more people coming here.
disgusted homeowner November 20, 2011 at 02:14 AM
With all te EMPTY AND VACANT business/retail property all over Brick, why are we permitting ANY retail space at all to be built on this site????? And this is the work of an Acropolis appointed planning board folks. Wonder what's in it for Mayor Steve when all is said and done???????????
gail sands November 20, 2011 at 03:29 AM
Now there is a true description of what is also going on. Lakewood now looks like a concrete jungle with all the "communities" that have been built taking up every square inch of Lakewood. Watch out folks, are we next with that too? So many NY cars now in our area as well, wonder what that is about. Seems like scouting parties looking to grab up and take what they can for more large 2 story "whatevers".
Mike M November 20, 2011 at 01:27 PM
Aside from destroying a lot of the still undeveloped land here, and adding to the absolutely horrible traffic in that area, I wonder if anyone bothered to take a better look at this developer. Their project in Ocean Twsp. looks nice and I understand that the construction quality is good but he development is much smaller and still not 100% sold after at least 3 years. What is the builder's reputation, financial condition, status of any legal proceedings against them, etc? I wonder if anyone has looked at these issues; the last thing we need here is an uncompleted, half vacant development. Instead of raising money this way, why not just sell a few more liquor licenses. After all, we need more bars and liquor stores here in Brick!
Gene November 20, 2011 at 04:16 PM
Anyone ready for 'Occupy Brick'? Greedy corporate polititions are everywhere. What do WE get out of this deal? Lower taxes? That will be the day! All we get is more congestion,lower property values,and to look more like Lakewood. No thanks Acropolis and your political 'wanna be' Republican friends. I'm ready. Anyone else want to stand up for us. What about our new council members?
Mike M November 20, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Great suggestion Gene. The Occupy Toms River down in Huddy Park is doing pretty good, but why not have one closer to home. I suspect that even if the folks who leave comments here would participate it would be worthwhile. Know of any high visibility spots that has a public easement?
RCL67 November 20, 2011 at 08:41 PM
* hand up *
Hockey101 November 20, 2011 at 10:48 PM
Rumor is that the owner and or the builder is Jewish, dont be surprised if the condos look like the ones in lakewood.
Mike M November 21, 2011 at 12:21 AM
If you do a search for Jerrald Development you'll see that the firm is a privately owned corporation that is clearly not owned by a Jewish family, not that it would make a difference. Their past townhouse developments do not resemble any projects in Lakewood as far as I know, and the units will not even be close to the size that can accomodate the typical family size of a household in Lakewood. Look at the website for Nobility Crest in Ocean and you'll see for yourself. I would be more concerned about the fact that the Ocean development, which is much smaller than the one proposed here, hasn't sold out yet, and units are being sold at steeply discounted prices.
BW November 21, 2011 at 01:29 AM
While this development is not "age restricted" but age targeted, means that we could have young families moving in, which means more kids in our schools. I know the article says it will NOT contain Mt Laurel housing, however it does not stop people from buying units and renting them to section 8 tenants. The traffic in that area is horrendous as it is. Even if there will not be an entrance directly on Chambersbridge, there will be direct access through the shopping center, which means the traffic at the light to go left into shop rite will back up even further then it does now. This just does not seem like it was well thought out by the planning board or those at townhall.
clamdigger November 21, 2011 at 03:06 AM
I cannot believe they are going to add another 214 housing units as well as shopping to an area with no real means of entrance or exit except through an already established neighborhood. I have not seen any renderings for this project but I cannot believe this has been approved. If I lived in that area I would be gathering my neighbors and putting a stop to this anyway possible. I remember peole fought against soccer fields being put in behind Midstreams school and the people won. I know that was a Twp issue and this concerns private property and private business, but there has to be a better prospect than running another development (main entrance) and all the new residents plus the added shopping through this neighborhood. Who ok'd this? Was there an enviornmental imapct study done? Who are the engineers that would approve such a concept? I understand the owners of this property want to build and make money but this cannot just be done to add additional rateables, the peo;pe who live in those homes have rights and there's enough traffic going through there already, I can't imagine another 200 people leaving for work via the "Wood" streets back there. To the people who live back there I say organize and fight this.
BW November 21, 2011 at 05:19 AM
Clam, all the reasons we are talking about here is why the town just had to buy Traders Cove and the foodtown property. The reasons they gave were the traffic, the burden on the schools, over building, you name it. The thing is the town OWNED the property in question and sold it. Somebody did not think this through, or someone is getting their palm greased. A 10 year old could look at this and tell you it is a bad idea. We have many, many, many, vacant stores and commercial property. We have a record number of homes on the market, and they want to add another 214 to the 489 already on the market. When is it going to end?
clamdigger November 21, 2011 at 11:08 AM
Hi Me; thanks for the feedback. I have to say when this happened (the sale of the property) I wasn't really against it because of (i guess) my lack of real info, I thought the property in question had (was going to have) access to Cedarbridge Road, I had no idea at the time there was going to be new traffic to those streets back there. This is inexcusable,unrealistic and detrimental to all those who live back there. This is real quality of life issue for all those residents and could potentially depreciate the value of their homes. Unfortunately my schedule prevents me from attending TC meeting to voice my opinion for another month or so, but I wish "my neighbors" of Brick well and hope they put up a fight. This is worth going to "war" over IMO. Good luck to those residents. Get organized take action,take charge and take the battle to Town Hall!!! I hate to say it but (IMO) this is as big an issue as the Ice Rink was,especially for those residents so I hope people step up and take some course of action to help themselves.
Brickbobby November 21, 2011 at 12:03 PM
Isn't it a real possibility that Families with children will move in there and those children will eventually end up going to Brick High School? With the deplorable condition of that school, will it be able to house those children? What are the estimated yearly taxes per unit? I cannot believe the residents over there did not fight to the end like we Midstreams residents did to keep the soccer fields from being built. The funny thing is that were many soccer enthusiasts that fought AGAINST those fields! One more thing, have you all seen the traffic mess on 70 east approaching the Chambers Bridge Road intersection?
Hot dog Johnnie November 21, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Clam, I think you may be relying on some incorrect information. There will be no access to the existing Birchwood Park residential neighborhood. All access will be from the Ovation Way jughandle out to Chambersbridge Rd. The jughandle will be widened by the developer. No access to Cedarbridge Rd was ever contemplated, even back when the Township owned the property and got Planning Bd approval for 300 homes. The town then sold the approved 300 home project to the developer for $13 mil. After that, the Town then rezoned the proeprty to permit the smaller development that was just approved.
steph November 21, 2011 at 02:49 PM
With all the crime in Brick is there any way we can ask the developer to build us a really nice big jail???
clamdigger November 22, 2011 at 04:41 AM
Hey hot dog Johnnie, thanks for the response, i appreciate the info but is a newer jug the lesser of the 2 evils? If there is going to be 214 new residences there, I would have to assume at least 1.5 cars to be a good average for all those who will reside there so that totals 321 additional vehicles coming and going just to leave & re-enter that "neighborhood". Now imagine say 1/3rd of those people leave for work between 6 - 8am,thats 107 vehicles....so say on average they leave every 30 minutes, that's just under 27 cars every 30 min just think what it will be like around 4-5 pm when (just those) people will be returning home plus the traffic that already exists for that area. Now i realize one cannot knowingly calculate the comings and goings of every person living in a community but the (total) additionsl volume of cars is going to have a serious impact on the area. Frankly I would find myself avoiding the area and businesses more than I do already, not to mention how crazy it will probably be to access the post office.
Hot dog Johnnie November 22, 2011 at 02:41 PM
Any new development brings with it new traffic. Once the Township decided to buy the land for a community center, this property was always going to be developed and add significant traffic to the area. That horse left the barn long ago. Knowing what little I do about the new development, I think this smaller development will have a marginally smaller impact on traffic than the larger developments that were previously slated there (300 homes or community ctr). Yes, more traffic will be added to already congested roads. But the jug handle widening should address some of that. Plus, eventually we get a significant ratable with marginal impact to the school system.
gail sands November 22, 2011 at 09:04 PM
Oh, I can see this meeting now. Wonder if all the those who are voicing their opiinion on this site will even be able to speak at the meeting. When we stand up to try and translate our feelings and thoughts we usually get hurried or rushed by the Council President who doesnt really want to hear us. Good luck guys, we'll need it.
clamdigger November 22, 2011 at 10:37 PM
Hello hot dog Johnnie; a commumity center does not generate the same regular traffic as a residential development does. A community center can be dormant for days then see its capacity at 1/3 or 1/2 for a couple days a week unlike residents who need to travel on a regular daily basis. If this was to be a age restricted development then the # of vehicles would probably be almost on a 1:1 ratio as most seniors utilize one vehicle only though some (or very few) may have 2 vehicles so the (IMO) avg would be chopped to probably 1.2 or even 1.1 cars per residence. I cannot see how just widening the jug at the post office will allow the traffic to flow as needed when exiting the development,plus allow for emergency vehicles to have quick and immediate access to free flowing (entrance & exit) traffic when necesary. As I've said before I have not seen any renderings for this development and when it was to be age restricted it wasn't too bad of an idea but to jam in another 200+ families plus a shopping district this has the potential to be another cluster fudge by the Twp. If a variance can be obtained to utilize property (for and ent/exit) adjacent to Cedarbridge Rd. then this could work better but I'm against this regardless of how much in "rateables" it brings in. Too many problems already exist here in Brick which were allowed to take place in the name of rateables. We are over built & over crowded and our emergency services & public works are maxed out as it is.
saultydog November 27, 2011 at 07:00 PM
Has the town planer insisted that this development include extending Ovation way to the next major road? If not that is another pineapple that needs to be picked from the plant more rotten fruit!
Support-The-Future November 27, 2011 at 08:53 PM
Time to fix Brick High School so we can educate all the new students
nan February 02, 2013 at 07:21 PM
That's my reaction too. I live in Greenbriar II which is age restricted. The minimum age when first developed was 48 years of age. A Federal law which requires it any age restriction cannot be set at less than 55 years of age required amending the Covenant known as the Articles of Incorporation to be amended to reflect that when the then current owners sell it must require at least one resident be 55 years of age. Ocean County has on file the signatures of all owners indicating they understood this fact. I do not believe targeting will hold up in court.

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