Zoning Board Approves Santo Marina Redevelopment Plan by 7 to 1 Vote

Residents who objected to developer's plan leave Town Hall in disgust


The Board of Adjustment approved a developer's plan to build 15 single-family homes on the old site over the objections of many neighborhood residents tonight.

"Please, you're all on the take," one woman yelled.

"You should all be ashamed, " another man said.

The vote to approve Ray Masucci's proposed "The Cove On Toms River At Berkeley" was 6 to 1. Board President James Fulcomer cast the lone no vote.

"I just thought there were too many houses," Fulcomer said after the meeting.

The approval came after two special zoning board meetings that Masucci paid for. His original plan called for 25 townhouses on the defunct marina site off Williams Street in Bayville.

Masucci later discarded the townhouse plans and then proposed 19 single-family, three-story homes, which didn't sit well with residents in this quiet neighborhood off Chelsea Avenue.

The application called for a number of variances. The biggest was density. The lots are generally 55 by 100-foot lots in a neighborhood zoned R-100, with 100 by 100-foot lots.

Masucci's engineer Ian Borden said the plans were further revised to increase the side and rear setback footage, move a controversial parking lot to a different area on the site, and give buyers a choice in how many stories they wanted.

Masucci said after the meeting that of the site would begin on Thursday.

Come back to Berkeley Patch for a full story on Thursday

todd benson jr, June 28, 2012 at 11:32 AM
You cant have it both ways you greedy homeowners
todd benson jr, June 28, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Its funny how santos got away running this place like a dump for over 15 years. Then you get a good developer in to take away the eyesore then you try to tie him up with red tape. shame on you greedy slimy homeowners.
Sharon June 28, 2012 at 12:45 PM
Thank god. Tired of looking at that dump. Bout time we start cleaning and develping some of these sites. Maybe the old beckers boat yard will be next. I commend the council for having some back bone and approving it.
sandy bottom June 28, 2012 at 12:54 PM
yes we need more developing so it can look like north jersey,and more benny's can move here,then we can widen the roads build more strip malls
Alicia Kelly June 28, 2012 at 01:57 PM
As a "greedy slimy homeowner" in this neighborhood, all we were asking for was less homes. Asking for 25 condos, a pool, 44 jet ski slips, etc. in the beginning was a greedy, slimy move. While most of us are happy the approval has come down considerably from that first request, we're still a little upset that so many variances are still needed for this new plan. All we were asking from the beginning was for the plan to be more within the guidelines of the neighborhood. We want the place cleaned up (and have for years) but we didn't want so much excess. See the difference?
Chief Wahoo June 28, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Is everything in Berkeley a dump?
Bev June 28, 2012 at 05:28 PM
I take offense to the term greedy slimy..as a homeowner I can tell you most here are slime free..
OG Hoagie June 28, 2012 at 05:57 PM
19 3 story homes in this market. good luck. River front homes all over the River are not selling. I will have fun watching this from OG.
Gary b June 29, 2012 at 07:41 PM
Thursday has come and gone...no signs of new cleanup yet....maybe it will be next Thursday?


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