Project calls for 30 apartments, office and commercial space, and an interior parking garage

BELMAR, NJ — Plans for a mixed-used building on the former Bank of America property were given the go-ahead to proceed by the Belmar Council.

In a 4-1 vote, the governing body on April 7 designated Sachem Pond, LLC as the redeveloper for the project, which calls for the construction a four-story structure that will include 30 apartments, office and commercial space, and an interior parking garage at the corner of Main Street and Ninth Avenue.

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In recent months, the project has come under fire by nearby residents who claim the four-story building would be too high and too close to nearby homes, and would worsen parking woes in the downtown area — prompting the borough council in December 2019 to tighten building standards that would apply to the proposal to address those concerns.

READ MORE: Redevelopment of Former Bank of America Site into Apartments Advances in Belmar

Voting against the plan in December and again at the April 7 meeting was Council President Thomas Brennan. While he said he is not against redevelopment, he believes this project falls short of providing enough parking in an area where spaces are already at a premium.

With the council’s latest action, the Belmar-based redeveloper can submit its site plans for formal consideration by the planning board, as well as by the technical and design review committee, whose new membership (see below) also was approved by the governing body. 

Technical and Design Committee

  • Edward Kirschenbaum, Business Administrator/Chairman
  • Jay McDermott, Planning Board Chairman
  • Thomas Carvelli, Council Representative
  • Frank Cinelli, Code Enforcement
  • Edward Lippincott, Environmental Commission
  • Mark Walsifer, Mayor
  • Gerald Freda, Borough Engineer

Technical Subcommittee

  • Michael Campbell, Director of Public Works
  • Michael O’Connell, Americans with Disabilities Committee
  • Ryan Dullea, Fire Administrator
  • Christine Bell, Borough Planner/Principal Project Assistant

Design Subcommittee

  • Patricia Hutchinson, Belmar Arts Council
  • John Hutchinson, Resident
  • Alice Farr Leonard, Resident
  • John Carvelli, Resident
  • Mary Hearn, Architect
  • Nick Tomasetti, Architect Assistant

Click herepdf for the redevelopment agreement between the borough of Sachem Pond.

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