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Settlement Reached, Non-Age-Restricted Housing Approved

Lacey Town Village will be built at the intersection of Laurel Boulevard and Route 9 with 67 market rate units and 17 affordable units

After months of litigation, the Lacey Township Planning Board approved the application for Lacey Town Village, a non-age-restricted housing development proposed at Laurel Boulevard and Route 9.

The due to various unanswered questions and the made to improve the plans, resulting in a court order.

Lacey Town Village was originally approved as age-restricted housing in 2005. The applicant re-approached the Planning Board with modified plans because legislation (S2577 1R) passed by Gov. Jon Corzine in July 2009 allowed developers to challenge towns over the age-restricted status of pending developments.

With 84 units (67 market rate units and 17 affordable units), some with the potential for three bedrooms, the development had 44 parking spaces planned. No on-street parking would have been allowed, because the development’s network of streets is 24 feet wide. The development would have had a 1,503-square-foot community center with a capacity of 139 people and 10 parking spaces.

The first hearing, held in July, laid out the legal issues. in an attempt to speed up the trial because they believe the board did not act in accordance with the Conversion Act, Planning Board Attorney Joseph Coronato previously said.

after the court ruled that they were entitled to have the conversion, Coronato said.

In an attempt to reach a settlement, Lacey Town Village made changes to the application.

The size of the units has decreased from approximately 2,200 square feet to 1,580 square feet. Each unit will now have a single car garage. The applicant eliminated the clubhouse and replaced it with the tot lot. There will be 81 parking spaces available. Additional walkways have been added and the network of streets is now 30 feet wide. The applicant also changed the storm water basin to an infiltration retention basin.

The applicant may now purchase “Road D,” a portion of Railroad Avenue, which was not originally included in the applicant’s CAFRA approval, for $37,000. The township committee will have to vote on the transaction. If approved, the applicant will then apply for an amended CAFRA approval.

The Planning Board "sold out the taxpayers once again," said Donna Bahrle, a resident and founder of the Lacey Rail-Trail Environmental Committee.

“Besides forcing the developer to pay for their approval for the Lacey Town Village Project which is unconscionable, now the taxpayers will have to maintain another road that is being built for a private property owner and at the same time push more children into the school district," Bahrle said. "We the Lacey taxpayers cannot afford anymore of this irresponsible and self-serving behavior.”

Lacey Town Village will have a homeowner’s association to maintain the property, which resident Regina Discenza questioned.

 “I’ve seen homeowner associations go out of business,” she said. “I’m really worried that in these economic times a lot of people have a tendency not to pay their dues…A lot of it’s going to fall back on the township.”

Coronato said that that issue existed even when the project was approved project as age-restricted.

“This is a conversion. The difficulty of this is, is that this board did not approve the legislation,” Coronato said. “There is a right here…there is only one way the board could go.”

The board approved Lacey Town Village by a vote of 7 to 1 with member Dan Cortese opposing. Cortese had no comment.

just another loss in court December 13, 2011 at 12:53 PM
1 million of Lacey tax payers money spent on soft cost any sign of a permit?
Becki December 13, 2011 at 01:21 PM
Worst news of the day!!!
Tim O'Connor December 13, 2011 at 01:54 PM
Build baby build. It is time we put some people back to work!
red necks unite December 13, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Timmy so whos going to buy? answer No body how do i know how many vacant apt does King Gary have? is the adult community buit out behind Shell Nope
Tim O'Connor December 13, 2011 at 08:02 PM
Well Jimbo, my first guess is people who can no longer afford their big house, because of the down turn in the economy. Maybe the twenty something generation without kids looking for a low maintenance starter home. Maybe someone who was forced into an early retirement, no longer needs a big house and is looking to down size. In this market, when these units go up for sale, I bet most will sell in the pre construction phase. They might even sell out before construction begins. There is a huge difference between renting a apartment in Gorgetown Appartmens and owning the condo. These are not age restricted, which puts them in a market that might sell. But, let me ask you, how much of your money will be at risk and we get the next leg of the Bypass Road built at no cost the the residents of Lacey. Also don't forget the 37k for next years budget.
Ken December 13, 2011 at 08:30 PM
Most likely this project won't be constructed for a while or at least until the prices of homes come back up. The costs for the "Offsite" improvements make it unprofitable to build. The sanitary sewer mains start on South Street then run through an easement to Laurel then up Laurel several hundred feet. All of it is underwater and needs to be dewatered for installation.
Timmys full of himself December 13, 2011 at 09:59 PM
"Bypass Road built at no cost the the residents of Lacey. Also don't forget the 37k for next years budget." wonder if youd feel the same way if you were building it more like extortion for something that will never be built 1 million in soft cost of tax payers money gone sold out lol
Tim O'Connor December 13, 2011 at 11:21 PM
Jimbo, jumbo, jimbo or what ever you call yourself today, build baby build!
Tim O'Connor December 13, 2011 at 11:40 PM
Hey white honor, you forgot to point out the proposed Bypass road will be 35 feet from Donna's bed room windows! What is her real motive here?
Tim O'Connor December 14, 2011 at 04:10 AM
Build baby build! A victory for the residents of Lacey. When your white honor name (aka jimbo) wanted to reference Donna as source, we need to point out the founder of the not in my back yard rail trail group physically lives next to the trail! Cars will be traveling in very close to her house.
Tim O'Connor December 14, 2011 at 01:49 PM
@white honor, make it happen. Who are you?
Timmys full of himself December 14, 2011 at 01:55 PM
What do you call a 30 yr republicon who is in favor of eminent domain in a town that is broke and has no permit and has spent 1 million of tax payer money and is supposed to be against big govt? answer a hypocrite
Timmys full of himself December 14, 2011 at 01:57 PM
anyone anyone ferris think that spending 13 k on a what I dont know for a not needed street sweeper is not a conservative?
Timmys full of himself December 14, 2011 at 01:57 PM
Does it really cost 13 k to apply for a grant?
Timmys full of himself December 14, 2011 at 04:16 PM
no they are not Timmy "The developer is going to pay for the road not the tax payer!" cause there is no permit Timmy and the town is BROKE you said it your self Timmy just wait until the over bonding cash is gone Timmy who going to pay for eminent domain?
Timmys full of himself December 14, 2011 at 06:11 PM
OH White HOner or should I say Frank now back to reality and that reality is 1 million in soft cost and STILL no permits and thats a fact republicons are supposed to be against big govt so why are you in favor of eminent domain? sorry cant cherry pick the laws you like hence no permit cant even get a waiver or variance to get around the 13 violations lol 1 million spent on soft cost? dont believe me call Mr Charlie Welch lol see what he tells ya nice of you to gloss over that FACT the town is broke and the road is not needed Hey did ja hear about the audit? How about spending 13 k on paper work for a street sweeper ?
Timmys full of himself December 14, 2011 at 07:11 PM
not in touch with R E A L I T Y AND reality is ? there is no permit despite spending 1 million in soft cost and the town is broke hence no road cant afford it dont need it wont help most of the Lacey Tax Payers How are the 600 plu tax appeals coming along?
Lookin, and hopin, and singin, and prayin December 15, 2011 at 02:06 AM
It was a loan, not a grant.
mussel man December 15, 2011 at 06:46 AM
and the question timmy here wont answer if they were building that road 30 ft from the back of his back window where the kiddies are playing would you be for that road timbo?. hey but when you are revealed as a hypocrite best to delete and send elaine an e mail. elaine everything i said is on record stated by timmy here himself over and over again on ch 21 . why are my comments which are part of documentated public knowledge being deleted?
so why do we need a road? December 15, 2011 at 03:12 PM
Timmy and White honor were talking in code to meet on the trail you know like a date what Timmy doesnt get is emenent domain when your a republicon is being a hypocrite 2 the town is broke 3 and here s the biggie thre is no permit after all this time and 1 million in tax payer money timmy any idea why it cost 13 k to apply for a street sweeper
lacey voter December 15, 2011 at 03:24 PM
I do not know why it cost us 13k to apply for a grant or loan..If the mayor didn't lie we would have never needed to apply for it..He said that the state storm water runoff requirements stated we need to sweep every road in town once a week.. Kind of sad..We watch or go to meetings for information and get nothing but lies and half truths from the elected officials
lacey native December 16, 2011 at 02:08 AM
tim o connor commented on here he believes a woman doesnt want the road built because it will be within 30 ft of her back window . i asked the question if the path of this road was changed to within 30 ft of his back window would he be in favor of it. my comment doesnt violate any patch rules for language or abuse. why was it deleted? timmy if they build the road next to your backyard will you still be fighting for it at every town meeting?
Tim O'Connor December 16, 2011 at 04:09 AM
Mr. Hughes, my point is the person who founded the not in my back yard rail trail group built her house 35 feet from what was known on the master plan of the township as an alternate route 9. Now she wants the rest of the township to suffer. My point is what is her true motives?
lacey native December 16, 2011 at 08:37 AM
no one asked you your point. you were asked if this road was 30 ft from your backdoor would you be fighting to have it built? and of course the first thing anyone buying a home in any town is to ask "can i see the masterplan?" so the question remains if it was in your backyard would you want it? as for the town suffering yes we are . we are paying lots of money for a road that has no permit . but at least the engineers at t&m should have plenty of money to buy a few more bmws and vacations on our dime. what part of this town is broke and cant afford to keep getting sucked dry by the good old boys club dont you understand?
de plane de plane December 16, 2011 at 12:39 PM
Tim O'Connor 3:02 pm on Tuesday, December 13, 2011 Well Jimbo, my first guess is people who can no longer afford their big house, because of the down turn in the economy. Maybe the twenty something generation without kids looking for a low maintenance starter home. Maybe someone who was forced into an early retirement, no longer needs a big house and is looking to down size. In this market, when these units go up for sale, I bet most will sell in the pre construction phase. They might even sell out before construction begins. There is a huge difference between renting a apartment in Gorgetown Appartmens and owning the condo. These are not age restricted, which puts them in a market that might sell. But, let me ask you, how much of your money will be at risk and we get the next leg of the Bypass Road built at no cost the the residents of Lacey. Also don't forget the 37k for next years budget. wow Tim first they were going to sell out pre construction then it was and I quote it puts them in a market that might sell which is it ? 37 k(extortion) in next yr budget and you think its going for a road that has no permit? lol really Tim gotta love republicons who live in fantasyland
de plane de plane December 16, 2011 at 12:44 PM
Timmy gotta ask you have been pushing for the master plan do you or will you seek the surveying work from the town? and let me add this if you want a town center in a town that is "nearly built out" may I suggest you take the advice of past township fore fathers and move cause it aint gonna happen here ! remember republicons are against big govt and should be against eminent domain no cherry picking the laws you like so sorry
Tim O'Connor December 16, 2011 at 04:18 PM
I was told the old right of way was going to be a road back in the '70s. I used to drive it till the barriers went up. The part you don't understand is Donna BUILT her house on a proposed road. Now she wants every one in the Township to be inconvenienced?
Tim O'Connor December 16, 2011 at 11:47 PM
Delete Tim O'Connor 11:09 pm on Thursday, December 15, 2011 Mr. Hughes, my point is the person who founded the not in my back yard rail trail group built her house 35 feet from what was known on the master plan of the township as an alternate route 9. Now she wants the rest of the township to suffer. My point is what is her true motives?
Tim O'Connor December 17, 2011 at 03:28 AM
This is way off topic from the above article, but; The township only wanted to build a portion of the bypass road APPROVED by a ballot question in the November 2007 election.  A law suit was waged against the township forcing the entire road to be built in support of Donna's rail trail group.  Then over a year ago, the rail trail group tried to scam to generate sympathy for there cause by having a media blitz about taking the house on Route 9 across from the end of Bay Way through emenent domain.  The road design moved the traffic light from South Street and Route 9 to Bay Way.  This would turn Bay Way into a four way intersection and would be the end ob the Bypass Road. It would mean there is a house in the way and would need to be purchased.  The Rail Trail Group had a rally in addition to media blitz about throwing a 70 year old woman out of here home.  I pointed out the this house has been vacant most of the year and is only a summer home. Not the full time residence of this elderly woman. That's what is behind Mr. Hughes rant in the above posts. He is the only one who keeps brining up that this house is vacant. 
hypocrite much December 17, 2011 at 04:15 AM
wow Timmy nice story but untrue at best ya forgot one thing there never was a permit to build any section of this road which the voters voted down but I see your in favor of the town shaking down a developer for 37 k for a road that will NEVER GET BUILT then this is a beauty use the money for next yrs budget which with the accounting on Lacey rd who know if the books are fixed yet Timmy your a republicons repuke who is supposed to be agianst big govt but in true hypocrite fashion are in favor of eminent domain

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