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One Plan for High-Rise Condos on Belmar’s 12th Avenue to be Dropped, Other Building Trimmed by One Floor

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Since plans were announced to bring two high-rise condominiums buildings to 12th Avenue in Belmar, these signs have been sprouting throughout the borough. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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While plans for a high-rise condo building at 105, 107 and 109 12th Avenue in Belmar are expected to be dropped, the proposed building on the site of the Belmar Inn is being reduced by one floor. Credits: Cathy Goetz
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This architectural rendering of the exterior of the proposed five-story condominium building at 112-114 12th Avenue shows the building before the penthouse floor was removed from the plan. Credits: M.B. Hearn Architecture, LLC
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BELMAR, NJ — While the height of one proposed high-rise condominium building on 12th Avenue in Belmar is being reduced by one floor, plans for the second oceanview building across the street are being scrapped.

The application for the five-story, 24-unit structure at 105, 107 and 109 12th Avenue is listed as being withdrawn from the agenda for the zoning board of adjustment’s upcoming regular meeting on June 28.

The formal hearing on the other application at 112 and 114 12th Avenue, now occupied by the shuttered 40-room Belmar Inn, is scheduled to begin with several major changes by developer Edelman Investment Group — triggered by growing objections from nearby residents to the plan’s scope and size.

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Based on the revisions, the proposed building’s penthouse-level fifth floor has been removed and the ceiling heights on the remaining floors have been lowered, reducing its proposed overall height by 11½ feet to 41½ feet. The Belmar Inn currently is 41 feet, according to the Belmar-based developer.

The building would house 24 one- and two-bedroom apartments now on three floors, and one floor of surface parking with 24 spaces.

Both applications were put on hold for a month after the board lacked a quorum at a May 23 special meeting to begin hearings on the controversial projects, which have generated mounting concern from residents.

While that zoning board meeting, which attracted more than 100 people, was adjourned with no formal testimony, William Shipers, the attorney representing both applicants, led an informal presentation that focused mainly on the 112-114 12th Avenue project.

Shipers could not be reached for comment as to why the other application for the consolidated lot of 105, 107 and 109 12th Avenue — filed by 109 12th Avenue Inc., Belmar A 10912 & Belmar B 10912 Realty, LLC, and Belmar A and Belmar B 10712 Realty, LLC, all of Brooklyn — has since been slated to be withdrawn. Currently, several of the street’s most notorious summer “animal houses” with chronic records of quality-of-life violations are located there.

Although 12th Avenue residents have complained for years about their rowdy summer neighbors and Belmar Inn’s transient clientele, they voiced their concern that both projects were too big for the sites, are out of character with the neighborhood and will dwarf the much-smaller single-family homes on the street.

In a written statement outlining Edelman’s revised plans, the developer “hopes that the neighbors will support its application to redevelop the Belmar Inn and vastly improve the quality of life for the residents of 12th Avenue and beyond.”

During his informal presentation last month, Shipers explained that the Belmar Inn has been an eyesore — and a public nuisance — for at least two decades. However, the owner of the 40-room hotel — listed in property records as Rainbow Hospitality of Edison and valued at nearly $1.3 million — has been reluctant to selling the establishment, until recently when Howard Edelman of 201 12th Avenue approached a company representative at the rooming house who said an offer would be considered, he said.

Edelman, who attended the informal session, explained his role in bringing the application to the table. “My family has been living here for 65 years, and we have seen all the problems created by (the Belmar Inn),” said Edelman, who is in the process himself of building a new home on his property. “I only want the people on 12th Avenue to have a (better) quality of life. The Belmar Inn is destroying 12th Avenue.”

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