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Developer Proposes 14 Homes to Replace Day Camp on Herbertsville Road

The former Olde Riverside School & Camp at 561 Herbertsville Road, Brick, N.J. (Credit: Google Maps)

The former Olde Riverside School & Camp at 561 Herbertsville Road, Brick, N.J. (Credit: Google Maps)

A developer is seeking approval from Brick Township’s zoning board to build 13 homes and a stormwater retention basin on the site where a longtime daycare and children’s camp was located.

Though the Olde Riverside School & Camp existed on the site at the corner of Herbertsville and Winding River roads for decades, the property is zones in the rural multifamily district. Theoretically, it is estimated that approximately 30 dwelling units could be built on the site in apartment or condominium structures, however the developer is seeking a variance to lessen the density of the zoning and build single-family homes instead.

According to public records, the development firm, 561 Herbertsville LLC, is owned by Tzvi Ciner, of Royal Oak, Mich. The applicant is identified as Larry Freimark, of Southfield, Mich. The LLC is being represented by local attorney John Paul Doyle. The property was purchased by the Michigan-based company in Oct. 2019 for $500,000.

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According to a filing with the township’s Board of Adjustment, the developer is seeking approval of a use variance that would create 15 lots, each exceeding more than 10,000 square feet. Of those parcels, 14 would be developed with homes while the last would contain a stormwater management basin. The new homes would conform to an equivalent of the township’s R-10 residential zone.

Because the developer is seeking a change of use – placing single-family homes in a multifamily zone – a use variance is required. This type of variance is subject to a number of legal criteria which must be met and needs a supermajority of board members supporting it to pass.

The hearing will be held May 5, 2021 at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Information on the application and related documents will be posted on the Board of Adjustment’s website.