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The Laurelton Mobile Home Park, off Route 88 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
The Laurelton Mobile Home Park, off Route 88 in Brick. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

The prominent real estate developer who owns the Laurelton Mobile Home Park in Brick is nearly ready to bring his plans for the community to the township’s Board of Adjustment, Shorebeat has learned.

The mobile home park on Route 88, just north of Jack Martin Boulevard, was purchased in 2005 by JSM at Martin Blvd., LLC, owned by developer Jack Morris, who is well-known in Brick as the developer of the Costco shopping center on Route 70 and the once-redeveloper of the former Foodtown property. Morris, who is in litigation with the township over the Foodtown lot, will likely bring an application before the Board of Adjustment to redevelop some of the mobile home park as commercial property, officials said. Morris’ company bought the property for $3.85 million. Another one of his companies, Edgewater Properties, acts as landlord for residents who lease plots of land at the site on which their manufactured homes sit.

Talk of redeveloping the site has circulated since the change of ownership in 2005. The following year, Morris spoke before the township council, envisioning 21,600 square feet of retail space along the state highway.

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“The new plans may be different from what they initially submitted,” said Mike Fowler, the township planner, adding that the company may be two to three months away from a submitting a final proposal for the site. But the initial proposal calls for commercial development along Route 88 with the mobile home park continuing to exist behind the new buildings. Fowler said the project will likely consist of “small commercial stores,” with the possibility of such businesses as a bank, gas station or daycare center being built.

The company will need to obtain a use variance as well as full site plan approval before the property can be developed.

Fowler said current residents of the mobile home park will be accommodated, as over time some residents have moved out, leaving extra room on the property.

“Over time, people have left, so they’re not going to reduce the number of units,” said Fowler. “The people still living there will have a place to reside, but there will be less of them because people have sold their trailers and have left the property.”

The purchase of the mobile home park by Morris has been the source of numerous controversies since 2005. Residents, at one point, were served eviction notices after they withheld rent from Morris, who they accused of allowing the community to deteriorate. In 2006, it was determined that concrete tainted with traces of polychlorinated biphenyls (PCBs) from the former Ford Motor Company manufacturing plant in Edison was used at the site, prompting the state Department of Environmental Protection to order its removal.


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  • Frank Rizzo

    I am all for redevelopment. Let the town foreclose on or purchase homes in Sawmill for these people to help balance the investors from Lakewood. Then use it as low income housing credits. As for the stores…we don’t need them and I know of nothing we do not already have here.The money is available in the COAH tax we all pay to the tune of about 5 million dollars a year collectively. Use this money here to buy up these condos that already exist as affordable housing. Thank you Democrats for this COAH disaster statewide which has sent property tax down the rat hole for over 20 years and that Christie has refused to bring to the Federal Courts for a decision on.

    • JJones

      Rumor has it that there is an investment group from lakewood looking to buy more in Maple leaf /Sawmill what ever..Make the new bylaws stronger and enforce them….If this is true …??

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    Wasn’t this the same guy who dumped toxic landfill in both the trailer park and the Costco project? As if RT 88 traffic isn’t bad enough in that area plus the fact they can barely keep the stores rented in the K-Mart strip mall that’s right next to the property he wants to build more stores on, what makes him think he will be any more successful? I vote no, find another use.

    • Frank Rizzo

      Right you are. And that will be the next “Foodtown site” that goes abandoned for years once Pathmark or Kmart goes out of business and there is not enough of a draw to bring cars into the center to support the other stores. Soon it will be completely empty.

      • Trevor

        ugh you can hate on Obama and liberals and smart people all you want but please don’t hate on Kmart… Its a really nice store they have decent things there and their garden department is superior to the one at walmart.

      • Frank Rizzo

        You are a way over sensitize liberal youngster I see. I have made no remarks about K Mart…I only comment on their teetering business position against Obama’s Walmart and other multi billion dollar corporations he courts at the North American Kremlin he has occupied and where he declares himself ruler elite with more executive actions then any other president in history not to mention more vacations at his dacha in Hawai and endless rounds of at my expense.

      • Trevor

        Please if he was ruler elite you and all like you would be taken away in the night and there would be less stupid comments made. I prefer the North American Kremlin to the North American Third Reich that existed Jan 2001- Jan 2009

      • Frank Rizzo

        What is the difference. What we have now is not government of the people..by the people. It is not being done in your best interest or you’d all be working better jobs and we’d have a shortage of workers. Choose your poison of what type of dictator you’d prefer.

    • JW P

      Retail is a pond of certain size. There’s only so much any locale can handle, and we’re definitely at capacity right now.

    • lazereye15

      yes it is joe

  • laurie

    People need to know also that people who lived there did not just move out on there own. They were told they had to leave for the property was sold and stores would be replacing them. Someone I knew who was handicap and lived with a elderly grandparent who recently died was told you have 3 months to find a new place that was almost 1 year ago!

    • JW P

      A friend of my father’s used to live there before he passed and told us the same horror story about 7 years ago. This is looking like a classic Lex Luthor-style real estate scam.

      • Frank Rizzo

        This style of housing is past it’s time and these shelters have an expiration, a shelf life of where they are no longer useable. Sooner or later they will crumble as they are not made to last as a house or structure of its day is. We have many social programs today where the destitute can be housed much more comfortable in modern structures.

      • JW P

        The thing about mobile homes is that they are 1) cheap and 2) easily movable- even in states of decay. Poor seniors need a place to live where they aren’t a burden on taxpayers if they don’t have to be or want to be. This isn’t some run-down redneck trailer park knee deep in meth heads. It’s a pretty decent place for people of modest means.

  • #@#.com

    Joe Scarpelli the former criminal felon Democrat Mayor of Brick and his Brick democrat party club members and planning boards and attorneys come around full circle.

    In New Jersey, Party Bosses Meld Politics and Business …

    http://www.nytimes.com/2006/01/01/…/01lynch.html?...

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    Jan 1, 2006 – It also had the help of John A. Lynch Jr., one of New Jersey’s political power brokers. … Jack S. Morris, had the friendship and support of Mr. Lynch, …. won approval from local officials, and the town’s mayor, Joseph Scarpelli, …

    Scarpelli pleads guilty to accepting bribes as mayor | tri …

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    • Trevor

      lol god forbid you left out that they were democrats

      • JJones

        Greed and big egos COMES IN BOTH SIDES !!!!!!!!!!!!

      • JJones

        Friends and families patronage jobs and big paying jobs and benifits BOTH SIDES GUILTY..

  • Average Joe

    Thanks but no….the last thing Brick needs is ANOTHER shopping center/strip mall. It will look like the Beachwood Shopping Center on Route 9 that they finally got permission to tear down. What an eyesore that was!

  • JJones

    Is this the same builder who changed the plans for foodtown mess ..and the town told him to go away ??? So now he wants to build some where else…..we dont need anymore retail plaza..too many empty or soon to be empty …

  • lazereye15

    don’t worry its all about the ratables.

  • jl

    I know someone that is living in the Laurelton Mobile Home Park in Brick & everyone is paying different lot rents, some of the people are paying under $400 a month & some a little over $400. The rest of the people are paying $525.00 a month for their lot. I heard that last year they were raised 5% & were notified in writing that they would be increased again by this June another 5%. So the people paying $525.00 a month will be paying $550.00 which is a lot of money for the little land that each mobile home owner has. There is no rent control in Brick. It’s not fair to the people that are paying $525.00 a month when some of the other people are paying below $400. They should raise the people that are paying $400 a month to $500 so it’s fair to the people that are already paying $525.00 a month with no water included, just garbage pick up 2x a week.