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Hearing on 14 Proposed Homes in Brick’s Camp Osborn Neighborhood Rescheduled

Homes proposed for a portion of the Camp Osborn neighborhood. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Homes proposed for a portion of the Camp Osborn neighborhood. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

A hearing on a plan for 14 homes to be built in a portion of the Camp Osborn neighborhood has been pushed back to Aug. 19 after the township’s Board of Adjustment ran out of time at a meeting Wednesday night.

A hearing on whether the 14 homes should be approved for a site where 32 bungalows stood before they were destroyed in Superstorm Sandy has been rescheduled for Aug. 19. An application on a proposed contractor storage yard off Mantoloking Road took the entire length of the Board of Adjustment meeting Wednesday. Board chairman Harvey Langer offered apologies to Camp Osborn residents who wished to speak about the project, as well as to Bob Osborn, the owner of the tract of property who traveled to Brick from his home in Maryland to attend the meeting.

Though the number of homes proposed for the site is half the number that used to exist on the plot of land, residents from Lyndhurst Drive are opposing the application. The residents’ attorney, Edward F. Liston, has attempted to make a case that the 14 homes make the area too dense.

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Osborn, who operated the neighborhood under a land-lease agreement prior to Sandy, is being represented by Brick attorney John Jackson. Osborn is planning to develop his portion of Camp Osborn – the southernmost portion of the area – with 14 single-family homes designed by local architect Paul Barlo and sell off the homes and the land. The 1,780 square foot homes will feature three bedrooms and stand on pilings with parking located underneath. Residents would own both the land and the home, like in any other neighborhood, and a homeowners’ association would be responsible for a clam-shell road and some aesthetic landscaping, as well as beach access.

Unlike the bungalow neighborhood that once was located in the Camp, the new homes would be fully accessible to fire trucks, public works vehicles and school buses.

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