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Cleaning Up Brick: Banks In Court Over Foreclosures, Derelict Home Set for Demolition

A home on South Beverly Drive in Brick, exposed to the elements. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A home on South Beverly Drive in Brick, exposed to the elements. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Brick officials are aggressively enforcing several measures passed by the township council earlier this year that hold banks responsible for the properties they acquire through foreclosure proceedings. Meanwhile, the newly-created Property Maintenance Board is moving forward on ordering that homes which pose a safety hazard be demolished for the good of the community.

Brick Mayor John Ducey said banks voluntarily filled out the registration applications required under the ordinance 470 foreclosed properties in town, while 60 did not, prompting violation notices to be written. Of the 60, all of them ultimately registered, Ducey said.

Following the registration effort, Brick code enforcement officers cited 10 banks for failure to maintain properties they own. Two complied with the law voluntarily after the summons was issued, Ducey said, and eight cases are currently working their way through the court system now.


Quality-of-life issues such as abandoned properties has been a central issue for Ducey since becoming mayor in 2014.

“It’s bringing down morale in the town,” said Ducey, of the derelict homes that dot certain neighborhoods that are otherwise neatly-kept. “People have to live next to a house like that, and it’s not fair.”

A home on South Beverly Drive in the Herbertsville section of town may earn the dubious distinction of being the first to be demolished under a separate ordinance that created the property maintenance board and gives it the power to recommend a home be demolished. Such an order was entered for the home at 126 South Beverly Drive in May, and the council will hold a hearing required by law and take an ultimate vote to solicit bids for demolition.

In the case of the South Beverly home, the roof partially blew off during Superstorm Sandy, and to this day, only a tattered blue tarp has been added. Weeds and overgrowth have overtaken the side and backyards. A pool – still covered from six years ago – is an annual mosquito breeding ground. Bats fly in and out. Raccoons patrol the grounds and, presumably, the interior, leaving their dead prey in neighboring yards.

Neighbors who have been able to look inside say mold is thickly caked on the walls.

Residents had been asking the township to intercede on their behalf on the topic of home for the six years it has been abandoned – much of that time owned by a bank – before the process was streamlined with the creation of the property maintenance board.

“It kind of drags on, but we’re moving forward,” Ducey said. “On our next agenda, the council will have the house, which will be demolished by the town.”

A hearing is required before the council can vote on the home’s final fate.

  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    I wish the powers that be in Brick would go after all the abandoned businesses on Rt 88 East as forceful as they are going after the Sandy homes. Especially the gas stations that have been sitting empty for decades. It’s time for the town to use eminent domain, demolish the buildings and then auction off the properties. That part of RT 88 is starting to look like a ghetto, not something us Midstreams section residents are liking one bit. They should put extensive pressure on Lukoil who is still in business. I called Lukoil and they said they had a person who took over the station, had plans, especially for the store in the middle of the pumps and I was told Brick gave them so much grief with building permits and inspections they guy abandoned the plans to reopen, I actually talked to the guy, he said Brick was preventing him from doing anything and everything to improve the Lukoil site If this is true, why?

  • Mark Story Jenks

    That house in the photo is right next to me. The bank went ahead and got a structural engineer to say the house is still sound. Rumor has it they plan to put a new roof and siding on it. The roof was wide open for over two years before they even bothered to cover it. There is no way that house is structurally sound.
    They seem to be ignoring the township, and plan to go ahead and try to save it. I don’t see how it is possible, as the mold and mildew has penetrated right down to the core of the timbers.

  • Mark Story Jenks

    I hope the mayor and the Property Maintenance Board stick to their guns.

  • KMC

    It’s not just the homes that are abandoned. There are so many homes in my neighborhood that have gotten so run down. No one cuts their lawns. Trees are overgrown. They don’t take pride in their homes. People park their cars on the lawn. It’s awful. Brick is definitely not what it used to be.

    • Marley

      I agree 100 percent. I can’t believe that most people keep their garbage and recycling cans in their front yard. Some people keep them at the curb 24/7.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Tear them down. Clean up the lots and remove homes that will bring more school kids and worse..more rentals and landlords.

  • Chief Wahoo

    Looks like a Depression …..470 foreclosures. In just one little town. ……don’t believe what you are bring told by Christie. Obama. Ducey. Or any other public taker. …….WAKE UP !!

  • Chief Wahoo

    Dimon vs. Ducey. That’s not a fair fight ……I know who I would bet my foreclosed house on. ….the banks run this joint…..and that includes Bricktucky.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Crush them….clean up the town..lower our class room sizes…improve our school ratings with less kids…especially less section eight kids…and make the town into what Wall Twp is.