Brick officials are taking the next step in the redevelopment of the former Foodtown lot on Route 70.
Though generally considered a formality, the township council voted unanimously Tuesday night to send the new proposal for the site – an indoor sports complex, retail and a restaurant – to the planning board for review. The planning board review is required since the original redevelopment plan for the site called for a full-service hotel to be constructed at the site.
Under state redevelopment law, the planning board must review the modified proposed use of the plot of land, then send its approval to the township council. The council must then vote in favor of modifying its ordinance that calls for the hotel, and change it to accommodate the new plan.
“The council is the redevelopment authority, but the plan still has to go before the planning board,” said Mayor John Ducey.
Ducey said the project is still awaiting approval under the state Coastal Area Facilities Review Act, an environmental approval process required before construction can commence in coastal areas.