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Construction Begins on 120 Unit Apartment Complex off Brick Boulevard

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Clearing treed from the future site of 'The Boulevard at Brick' apartment complex. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Clearing treed from the future site of ‘The Boulevard at Brick’ apartment complex. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Crews began clearing trees from a large plot of land between Brick Boulevard and Hooper Avenue, the first step in the construction of a 120 unit apartment complex planned to be built on the site.

Known as “The Boulevard at Brick,” the complex will include 120 residential apartment units, a clubhouse at least 5,000 square feet in area and a pool at least 3,000 square feet in area. The lot is owned by 135 Brick Boulevard, LLC.

The complex received planning board approval in 2013 and briefly caused controversy when the Fair Share Housing Center, a nonprofit group that often initiates legal action over affordable housing issues, threatened to sue Brick Township over a deed restriction that banned Section 8 subsidized rentals in the complex. Such a deed restriction is, in fact, illegal under federal housing laws and was removed, though John Jackson, an attorney for the developer, said units would be priced high enough where Section 8 tenants would not likely be attracted to live there. A one-bedroom unit, Jackson said at the time, would lease for about $1,400 per month.

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The builder also paid a fee of about $440,000 to avoid having to designate units in the complex for affordable housing tenants; the money was deposited into a township account for future affordable housing initiatives as required by state law. Tenants will be screened using both financial and criminal background checks, and a management company will be hired as on-site representatives to oversee the complex’s operation.

The complex was initially proposed as a senior development, but the age restriction component was removed after the developer took advantage of a state law passed in the wake of the 2008 economic downturn that allowed unbuilt or unsold real estate development projects with age restrictions to convert their units to general real estate.

This week, numerous residents have contacted Brick Shorebeat asking about the removal of trees, a question that was also raised at Tuesday’s township council meeting.

“I just don’t want to see it going from trees to totally bare without anything being replaced,” said George Scott, a township resident who serves on Brick’s property maintenance board.

Joanne Bergin, the township’s business administrator, said plans for all new developments in town go through the Shade Tree Commission and also must adhere to landscaping requirements.

“As a new development, obviously clearing was required, but the planning board incorporates not only their comments but general landscaping requirements for replacing and covering the landscape,” Bergin said. “That’s all done at the planning board level when they receive approval.”


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  • Joseph Woolston Brick

    Great Brick needed another apartment complex like we need another hole in the head! I’m sure it will be full of section 8 people, drugs and gangs a year after it starts renting, isn’t Maple Leaf and Waterside Gardens giving us enough problems already?,You know what else? We are always ranting and screaming at other countries for taking down their forests when we ourselves will take down a forest big or small in a blink of an eye. Don’t we have a planning board? What are they planning? Turning Brick into a North Jersey town, barren with every inch covered with housing and roads?

    • Beach N8iv

      It’s been that way for years. I remember when you could drive from Brick Plaza to Mantoloking along Mantoloking road and see, maybe, two dozen houses. It gradually grew and then Scarpelli started turning the township into Newark when he was mayor and it’s been downhill ever since.

  • lazereye

    Hey jackson i am sure you don’t live in this town so you don’t care and it was supposed to be 55 and over then they changed their minds and the board agreed to change it

  • SoWhat?

    The town harrassed my friend for removing a big tree in his yard when he installed a pool. Builders clear cut tens of acres and the town yawns.

  • Frank Rizzo

    Great idea….after all….rentals are great for a community….no way in heck will this bring problems….no way in heck will this bring more kids to the school system….the builder just builds as cheaply as possible…turns it over to the association…then runs with his money…and does nothing to ease the impact on the community.

  • JJones

    What a mess…more apartments on Brick Blvd…so close to the school.,..

  • bricktohell

    this will only raise our taxes and decrease the value of homes in the area.its just the same old garden apts which bring in what no one wants.builder,landowner,mayor,council dont care ,dont live by and just suck $ from it. come to brick its going downhill fast

    • JW

      Sutton Village and the Woods at Laurel on Burnt Tavern Rd are just fine. By the looks of it these won’t be the teeny tiny units that nobody has any use for. They’re spacious and upscale if anything.

  • Diane

    One more reason to stay out of Brick.