The Survey - Thanks for your patience. The survey results are below. Respondents' comments will be added soon. Please send your comments regarding the CAFRA application directly to the DEP: Kevin J. Broderick, NJ Dept of Environmental Protection, Land Use Regulation Program, PO Box 439, 501 E. State St., Trenton, NJ 08625-0439
Restore Radioís Questionnaire on AP Redevelopment - 88.1 FM 8 Ė 10 PM Thurs
The following questions are intended to measure how area residents feel about the plans for Asbury Parkís Waterfront Redevelopment. Name (Optional)___________________
148 responses out of 1100 circulated (22 were received after the deadline and so are not included) for a response rate of 13%.
9. *Plans to cover the 56 acres of waterfront 100% with buildings, rather than leave some pervious (uncovered) land for water drainage? a) very favorable (4), b) favorable (5), c) opposed (60), d) strongly opposed (64), or e) donít care (12)
10. The planís provision that property owners in the waterfront redevelopment area make up the environmental difference by limiting coverage of their property to 65%? a) very favorable (2), b) favorable (9), c) opposed (22), d) strongly opposed (55), or e) donít care (56) *Negotiations between the DEP and the applicant have changed the context of the latter 2 questions. The DEP will probably allow 80% coverage overall. This decision is hinged on AP filing for Urban Center designation. Pervious surface is needed to allow rainwater to find its way beneath the earthís surface and replenish ground water sources.
11. The planís provision that property owners in the waterfront redevelopment area (WRA) cannot develop their own properties unless they negotiate a sale and repurchase of the lot Ė as an approved sub-developer? a) very favorable (3), b) favorable (6), c) opposed (22), d) strongly opposed (64), or e) donít care (52)
12. Allowing the development rights holder up to 30 years to decide whether or not it wants a property in the WRA? a) very favorable (1), b) would approve a shorter time period (38), c) opposed (25), d) strongly opposed (63), or e) donít care (17)
13. Plan to permanently sell Convention Hall, the Paramount, the 5 Pavilions, the Casino, the Power Plant and The Palace to the redevelopment rights holder. a) very favorable (9), b) favorable (4), c) opposed (57), d) strongly opposed (64), or 3) donít care (8)
14. Plan to move founder James Bradleyís statue to a new island in the middle of Kingsley Avenue? a) very favorable, b) favorable (6), c) opposed (36), d) strongly opposed (43), or e) donít care (53) [138 responses]
15. Plan to cutback the entertainment zone south to the Casino area? (This places the Stone Pony outside of the entertainment district, leading the way for it to be moved to the Casino area.) a) very favorable (9), b) favorable (12), c) opposed (57), d) strongly opposed (42), or e) donít care (19)
16. Plans to dead end Lake Ave, Asburyís first street bordering Ocean Grove. a) very favorable, b) favorable, c) opposed, d) strongly opposed, or e) donít care 4 yes/ 100 no
17. Do you Agree or Disagree with the demolition of the following buildings Ė
a) The Belmont Hotel, A Ė D, 120 disagree b) The Atlantic, A Ė D 114 disagree, c) The Jersey Apartments (the 2nd oldest apartment house in A.P.) A Ė D 116 disagree, d) The Britwood Court Ė A - D, 118 disagree e) the Virginian Apts., A Ė D,114 disagree f) The Fast Lane, A Ė D 112 disagree, g) The Baronet Theater, A Ė D 117 dis, h) Asbury Lanes (bowling alley), A Ė D 118 dis, i) the Lyric Theater, A-D 112 dis, j) the Stone Pony 113 dis, A Ė D, k) 2 homes belonging to Gokberk and Kary at 207 & 209, 6th & Webb, A Ė D 118 dis, l) the historic home owned by the Karpinskiís at corner of 7th Ave & Webb 119 dis. A-D Ė Comments: ________________________________________
18. This question measures your level of confidence in the plan in light of the chief city official who negotiated the plan, city manager Terrance Weldon, pleading guilty to extorting money from developers doing business with Ocean Twp where he was mayor, in return for letting the developer build more units. What confidence do you have that A.P.ís plan has been drawn in the best interests of the residents of Asbury Park? a) extremely confident (3), b) confident (11), c) not confident (45), d) extremely doubtful (67), e) donít care. (13)
19. This question measures your confidence in the council, which is responsible for implementing the plan through dual roles as government and as the Redevelopment Council. 1a) council member Kate Mellina continues a close personal friendship with Terrance Weldon. Do you feel this is, a) perfectly fine (7), b) ok (4), c) rather she didnít (36), d) irresponsible behavior for an elected official (45) e) donít care (40)
2a) Council member John Loffredo has multiple roles -- sitting on the Redevelopment Council, as the councilís sole representative to the Technical Review Committee and its sole representative to the Planning Board. All of these bodies call for his participation in secret planning and negotiations, as well as public votes, opinions on waterfront development plans and timetables. Loffredo earns his living from real estate commissions on houses; very frequently those sales are in Asbury Park. Do you feel a) this is perfectly fine (11), b) this is ok (3), c) youíd rather he didnít accept listings in Asbury (8), d) youíd rather another council member perform these duties (33), e) this is a conflict of interest for an elected official (85), f) you donít care (1) 141 responses
*CAFRA is the stateís opportunity to intervene in development plans that affect the environmentally sensitive coastal areas. It does not take property out of use, like the Green Acres program has done. It is more to provide a balance between the natural environment and development.
Restore Radio focused on CAFRA during shows on 9/11, 9/18, 9/25 and 10/2. Please click here to comment on this survey.