In the same week an application was filed with Brick officials to revive the idea for a mixed-use project including workspace for those in the building trades and apartments on Drum Point Road, an unrelated-but-similar proposal was made on another portion of the same main thoroughfare.
According to planning board filings, Kenneth Beck, the owner of the property at 251 Drum Point Road, is proposing the construction of a 5,000 square foot pole barn (contractor shop) with a gravel parking area, and a 2,500 square foot, two-story combination residential and commercial building with garage.
A “pole barn” is a building with what is known as post-frame construction. It uses large poles or posts buried in the ground or on a foundation to provide the vertical structural support, along with girts to provide horizontal support. The building style became popular in agriculture over the last century, as farming began to require large, covered storage areas for industrial equipment. The same construction concept can be used for buildings with non-agricultural uses.
The property in question, 251 Drum Point Road, is partially-undeveloped and partially developed with an aging residential home that appears to be unoccupied.
The project requires variance relief from the township’s planning board due to parking constraints; the required minimum number of parking spaces is 43 spaces, whereas 13 are proposed. Two of the spaces will fall below the minimum 10-foot stall width requirement.
A hearing on the proposal will be held Sept. 22 at 7 p.m. at the township municipal complex on Chambers Bridge Road.