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Brick Will Maintain Parcel Preserved for Open Space Where 17 Homes Could Have Been Built

Open space off Princeton Avenue and Brushy Neck Drive in Brick, N.J. (Credit: Google Maps)

Open space off Princeton Avenue and Brushy Neck Drive in Brick, N.J. (Credit: Google Maps)

The purchase of a piece of land on which 17 homes could have been built has been formally preserved by Ocean County and Brick Township, with the township entering into an agreement with the county Tuesday night to maintain the site.

The parcel of land is divided into two lots between Brush Neck Drive and Green Hill Drive, just north of Princeton Avenue and south of Glen Ridge Court. According to the Ocean County tax board, the properties were previously owned by Howard and Elizabeth Gilbert. The two lots measure 5.3 acres and 3.69 acres, respectively from west to east. They are located within the township’s R15 zone, which allows single-family homes built on lots of 15,000 square feet.

The properties were acquired for $1,250,000, with the township having pledged $450,000 toward the purchase and the county footing the remainder of the cost. On Tuesday night, the township council voted unanimously to approve an agreement with the county that would place the property under Brick Township’s jurisdiction for management and maintenance.

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Mayor John Ducey said previously that the lots would likely fit about 17 additional homes if the land were to be sold to a developer. The township agreed to add the parcel to its recreation and open space inventory list, meaning it will not be able to be developed in the future.

The purchase was first discussed in June 21, and the property was jointly conveyed to the county and township earlier this year.