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Brick Residents Urge County to Buy Fire Company’s Property

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Open land near the Pioneer Hose fire company in Brick, N.J. (Credit: Fight to Preserve Remaining Open Space in Brick Township/Facebook)
Open land near the Pioneer Hose fire company in Brick, N.J. (Credit: Fight to Preserve Remaining Open Space in Brick Township/Facebook)

Ocean County officials say an application, if made, will be reviewed to see if acreage owned by one of the township’s fire companies qualifies to be purchased by the county’s Natural Lands Trust. But they also criticized township officials for passing a resolution last month urging either the county or a private group to make the purchase.

The 11 acre property, owned by the Pioneer Hose Fire Company, was set to be sold to a real estate developer last year, but the deal fell through. While the sale was pending, neighboring residents began urging the fire company to consider selling it to a preservation group since it would prevent overdevelopment in their neighborhood off Drum Point Road and would extend an area already preserved as open space by the township.

The fire company wants to sell the tract to raise funds for new facilities.

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“We have a very old building, we need lots of renovations, and we needed a six-bay addition,” said Vincent Pischettola, a member of the fire company who addressed the county freeholder board this week. “All that costs about $800,000.”

Freeholder Director Jack Kelly said the fire company can make an application to a committee that reviews open space purchases, but the company’s desire to make money will not sway the decision either way.

“What they will consider is if it is a good purchase for our open lands project,” said Kelly. “What we would not consider is why you want to sell it and what your needs are. If the property you want to sell makes sense for our open space program, I’m sure it would be recommended to our governing body.”

Freeholder John C. Bartlett (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Freeholder John C. Bartlett (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Earlier this year, the Brick Township council passed a resolution recommending the county purchase the land, which elicited some blowback from Freeholder John C. Bartlett, who has shepherded the county’s open space efforts over the years.

“The township did not have an interest in acquiring the extra six acres it self, and essentially kicked the ball down the road,” said Bartlett. “Brick probably shouldn’t have done that.”

Bartlett said Brick should have proposed becoming a partner in a potential purchase.

“When someone puts money on the table, it makes it a much better deal,” said Bartlett. “I guess we will be in touch with Brick, but this became a public discussion before it probably should have.”

Mayor John Ducey has said he does not favor the township investing money in the property.

“My administration is not interested in purchasing additional land,” said Ducey. “We see how that has worked out for us in the past.”

Ducey cited the cost of the Traders Cove Marina and Foodtown acquisitions as reasons why he would not be open to using township funds to preserve the site.

Kelly, as well as Bartlett, advised the fire company to make its application to the Natural Lands Trust and emphasize the positive reasons why the land should be preserved – especially the fact that it backs up to an existing tract of open space.

“You can walk from the back of my house, through their property, through the Green Acres property,” said Jessica Dykman, one of the neighboring homeowners. “It’s an amenity to us as Brick Township residents.”

“I don’t know what will happen, but I do know it should go to the proper review first,” said Kelly.


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  • Smokin

    Traders cove is turning a profit !! And foodtown property should have been sold for 4 million…

  • Mike Gant

    These freeholders have to go. We want the county to buy it because as a town we cannot afford to pay for more land purchases. Its time to get the freeholders out of here and get some new people in.

  • jo jo ormaz

    Hey folks- let’s all read a passage together on this one: “qualifies to be purchased by the county’s Natural Lands Trust. But they also criticized township officials for passing a resolution last month urging either the county or a private group to make the purchase.”

    – So what you are telling everyone in Brick is, That the – Town Council and The Mayor passed a resolution to open the sale up – to “either someone in the county OR a PRIVATE GROUP !!!
    Gee – I wonder …. ”What- Group” would love to purchase land in Brick …..?? put up more condos more rentals…?? perhaps.. that is the Brick way isn’t it?

  • jo jo ormaz

    afterwards it goes on………… ” 11 acre property was set to be sold to a real estate developer last year, but the deal fell through……” [ there’s a reason why ? in there somewhere…. ]


    “My administration is not interested in purchasing additional land,” said Ducey. “We see how that has worked out for us in the past.”

    Yeah, we see that,,, yet the Foodtown lot gets dragged out year after year as a pawn in the public eye… settle the lawsuit,,,, get a business to come in, – such as a Corporation to Buy and Develop the land – Put up a Marriott or Sheraton – buy up the Marina across the street – marina dining, marine park,,,[ you can charge a visitors tax and make money ]… get M&M Realty Partners to manage it [ their end of the deal ] – turn it into a 4-6 million dollar a year profit for the Township and lower the taxes in Brick – while funding the Board of Education… !!
    instead of chasing people out of town with higher taxes..!! If you want to win the next election Mayor,,,, meet with Starkey who runs the town and cut every deal possible and make it happen…… There’s over 1500 homes up for sale in Brick… ! [ why are they leaving – TAXES!!] … more than half are owned by single adults with no children…. do you have any clue what will happen when they move out ,,,, how many kids will flood the school system…? do you realize the damage that you are causing in this town” the public read those flyers from the last election – in the mail everyday – stabilize taxes, well where are they ?? The public is waiting !!!!!!!!!!
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    The only thing that is working is Traders Cove, it’s making money!!!, it’s a family place it turned into a success !! and you can double your profits there- it’s still possible!! turn it into a 1 – 2 million dollar a year money maker… ! you have an advisory board- let them figure it out ! you need to get aggressive and make things happen this year Mayor and Council….!!!