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Neighboring Residents Suing Brick to Stop Rebuilding of Camp Osborn Parcel

Homes proposed for Brick's Camp Osborn neighborhood. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Homes proposed for Brick’s Camp Osborn neighborhood. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Several residents of Lyndhurst Drive are suing the Brick Township Board of Adjustment over the board’s approval late last year of a plan to build 13 homes where 32 bungalows once stood before being destroyed in Superstorm Sandy.

The former land-lease parcel that is the subject of the lawsuit was the southernmost portion of Camp Osborn, which burnt to the ground after an electrical fire was fueled by natural gas leaks.

The neighbors, who vigorously fought the proposal at a number of hearings in 2015, have said the number of homes proposed for the is too dense. Though 32 homes once existed on the site, current zoning calls for lots of 7,500 square feet, amounting to about six homes per acre. The Board of Adjustment approved a variance sought by former property owner Robert Osborn that would allow about 10 homes per acre.


Osborn, who leased the land to the residents whose homes were built on the plot of land, died in March. His family quickly sold the property for $3.1 million to RTS IV, a company based in Totowa, Passaic County. Shorebeat was unable to contact a representative from the company, which shares an address with a real estate investment firm.

In their lawsuit, a copy of which was obtained by Shorebeat through an Open Public Records Act request, the residents claim through their attorney that the decision to allow the homes to be built was “arbitrary, capricious, unreasonable, oppressive, unlawful and against the great weight of the evidence presented” during the hearing on the matter.

Camp Osborn, Brick, N.J., in the days following Sandy. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Camp Osborn, Brick, N.J., in the days following Sandy. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Edward Liston, the attorney representing the Lyndhurst Drive residents, argued before the board that granting a a variance to set aside the density requirements for the lot constituted an illegal rezoning of the property. John Jackson, the Brick attorney who represented Osborn, successfully argued that the proposed group of homes was “consistent with the history and the charm of the area that was there,” and reiterated on numerous occasions that the number of homes was reduced by more than half of what existed on the lot prior to Sandy.

The lawsuit requests a judge to reverse the Board of Adjustment’s decision, deny Osborn’s application and award his clients attorney fees.

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  • Glenn

    Way to go Lyndhurst Dr residents, helping to restore the shore. Thanks for further delays so the wounds of Sandy can continue to be rubbed, with sand.

  • jo jo ormaz

    “rezoning of the property” – there’s a term,,,, just wait until people read about Princeton Ave and Midstreams area next then Drum point and Mantoloking Road – previously approved by the Board – Council and Mayor..”
    To add, what the people may not realize is , once all of those damaged Sandy homes are rebuilt and repaired, will follow the Tax re-assessment. which means,,, the “Land” will increase it’s value along with the construction of the home,, which means a TAX increase again ! because the land value went up and the home values are back on board. Barrier Island people will see a $ 3,000.00 – 5,000.00 spike folks on the in-land will see a $800.00 – 2,800.00 hit !
    Just think, a small 900 square foot home in Brick will be worth $10,000.00 a year in Property Taxes… ! We can see it now, people from all over would want to buy a 1950’s 2 bedroom 900 square ft. shore bungalow off of Brick Boulevard -Chambers Bridge road and pay $10K a year in Taxes,,, keep dragging out the redevelopment of Brick, sooner or later it will catch up to everyone.. Oh, this also incudes renters, when Taxes goes up so do the Rentals, $2,000.00 +++ a month will become a reality check for the many.

    • Scott

      JOJO not sure what you are talking about. The land on the barrier Island has already been assessed at the pre Sandy levels. We got a break for a year or 2. Once all the house are rebuilt the 10% fall off in assessment values should bring in more money. Does not mean taxes will go down but not sure where you are getting this $3000 to $5000 spike. Please point me in the direction to find that information.

      • Kellahers_225K_funbags

        Once you RAISE YOUR HOME… or the ones next to you RAISE THEIR HOMES…
        TOMS RIVER HAD NO PROBLEM “”ADJUSTING PROPERTY TAXES “”UPWARD”” with the speed and direction of a German V-2 Rocket once the home is raised and the CO is issued….

  • Surfrider

    Considering what was there…the old Camp Osborn…..and what is now proposed….is vastly different and upscale from the ol days…Tough call….I see both sides……

  • Frank Rizzo

    Essentially there would be a wall of buildings in the center strip…….why not one high rise with parking instead of all these homes.

  • Mike

    The houses on Lyndhurst Dr are packed just as tightly as those in the picture

  • JJ

    The point is the zoning board caved in to the the developer… again. They granted yet another variance and rezoned the area. Bad precedent to be setting.

  • Spell Check

    Why couldn’t commercial use been thought of could have made a local Boardwalk bussiness for all to enjoy and create actual tax dollars with work and expansion instead it’s a couple homes most residents can’t afford.