A marina that successfully sought permission to expand and improve its property in 2020 is now seeking permission to tweak the project before it gets underway.
Safe Harbor Marina, formerly known as the Manasquan River Club, is a large marina located at the end of Riverside Drive in the township’s Herbertsville section. Its proximity to Manasquan Inlet – without the task of transiting the Point Pleasant Canal – has earned it a reputation as an excellent option for anglers seeking to quickly get to the fishing grounds.
The 2020 approval was granted after the marina appeared before the township’s planning board to seek permission to construct three new buildings that would have been used for boat storage, service and office space. The buildings would have been constructed on the existing property with no expansion, and would have come in the form of three structures measuring about 10,000 feet each. The marina currently houses a single-story masonry building with a large area for boat storage in the rear of the building and a large parking area toward the east end of the property. There is also a bath house and swimming pool on the premises.
The marina is seeking to use its new building to offer indoor boat storage, office space, and a ship’s store.
The revised plan would develop an almost identical footprint to the previously-approved expansion, however all of the services that would have been spread out among the three buildings will now be condensed into a single building with an area of 30,150 square feet. A maintenance building would also be added to an existing 2,800 square foot structure. The marina itself is located on a sprawling 2.9-acre parcel that juts out into the Manasquan River west of the Route 70 bridge.
The large building would stand 37-feet tall, well under the maximum height limit of 48-feet. Though the property is located within the R7.5 single-family residential zone, marinas are conditionally permitted as part of an “overlay zone,” recognizing that many of the township’s marinas are surrounded by residential neighborhoods.
A few minor variances are required for the plan to be approved, including the addition of five extra parking spaces beyond what is required, a 15-foot width between bulkheads where 25-feet is normally required, and 9-foot wide parking stalls where 10-feet is normally required.
The marina’s application was initially scheduled to have been heard last week, however representatives from the company rescheduled their appearance before the board. The application is now set to be presented at the board’s April 5 meeting.