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Code Enforcement Action Coming On Beachwood Shopping Center?

Officials toured Route 9 site last week

Township officials went behind closed doors at the Oct. 23 Township Council meeting to discuss possible actions against the owners of the battered Beachwood Shopping Center.

Township Council President James J. Byrnes and Mayor Carmen F. Amato Jr. declined to discuss just what action would be taken during a break before going into executive session.

The owners of the site on Route 9 South are going to "get a letter," Byrnes said.

"I think it's an unsightly structure," Brynes said.

Byrnes, Amato, Township Councilwoman Judy Noonan, Councilman John Bacchione, Township Administrator Fred Ebenau, Township Engineer Alan Dittenhoffer, and construction, code enforcement and fire officials toured the site last week to review the conditions and the buildings, the mayor said.

The massive, dilapidated shopping center has long been a headache for more than one township administration.  The state Planning Commission in July approved the township's long-sought redevelopment plan.

Developer Donato Donofrio is the redeveloper of record, but has yet to sign a contract with the owners of the site.

The 142-acre site is still currently owned by Priscilla Oughton, daughter of the late James E. Johnson, who built the shopping center decades ago.

Estimates to clean up the asphalt plant behind the defunct shopping center, remove asbestos from the buildings and raze the site have ranged as high as $50 million, Amato said.

"Removal will be costly," he has said.

Amato said Tuesday that Byrnes had spoken to D.J. Donofrio, son of developer Donato Donofrio and was told the family still had an interest in redeveloping the site.

DOMINICK PETERSON October 26, 2012 at 06:27 AM
He rarely ever bought anything new. his biggest thrill was to buy something second hand that was worth a fortune, and buy it at an auction for peanuts. Government auctions , county auctions , garage sales , estate sales . He was unsuspecting to the average person who would never suspect that he was a multi millionaire, when our money was worth something. His death and Eugenes death left the remainder of his family in a terrible mess.ll everyone sees is that he must have left a fortune to the his heirs... NO .. what he left them was a headache . Imagine if you will ... Trying to live up to the image of your father if your father was Benjamin Franklin , or Thomas Alva Edison . Or your father was Statavarius the greatest violin maker in the world , and you cant play a friggin note! Or you havent the slightest idea what makes electricity work or how it does what it does ... you just use it ... Many of you own a modern aotomobile and yet you cant fix it ... it takes special training . Jimmy Johnson was no different and possibly more important to the developement of Ocean County, more than any single individual in the history of ...well History itself.
DOMINICK PETERSON October 26, 2012 at 06:39 AM
please prdon my typing . i made a few typos... His death and Eugenes death left the remainder of his family in a terrible mess!! Everyone sees is like he must have left a fortune to the his heirs... NO .. what he left them was a headache . Imagine if you will ... Trying to live up to the image of your father if your father was Benjamin Franklin , or Thomas Alva Edison . Or your father was Statavarius the greatest violin maker in the world , and you cant play a friggin note! Or you havent the slightest idea what makes electricity work or how it does what it does ... you just use it ... Many of you own a modern automobile and yet you cant fix it ... it takes special training . Jimmy Johnson was no different and possibly the most important person in the developement of Ocean County, more than any single individual in the history of ...well History itself. That scrawney little man, who had so much contempt of court, he bit a Judge right before my eyes. Why ..Because He was right and the Judge was an asshole and Jimmy couldnt take the logic of an educated fool! I dont think Jimmy went passed the seventh grade.
DOMINICK PETERSON October 26, 2012 at 06:45 AM
I read every post ... yes the shopping center, that once had a Foodfair , where I won a spaghetti eating ,and met Chubby Checker. is falling apart. Nobody likes it ... The property has a great deal of value just the way it is . and 50 million dollars sounds like a lot of money ... but our money aint worth shit anymore and the Dollar buys what 50 cents buys now . The property WAS worth a lot more before the USA took a dump and the economy bottomed out . Now most of you cant sell your house , because you bought it for X amount and now its worth 40% less... Well there you go... Simple as that .. Your not selling... You dont want to take a loss... Why would Jimmys daughter do anything less. Even if she didnt have any of Jimmys street smarts for any of his holdings . The timing isnt right for the sale . She may surprise you all one day and knock it all down , and , build a newer bigger better Mall . Bigger and better than the Ocean County Mall . Or . Just clear the land ... and sit on it . The value of the scrap steel alone would cover most of the demolition , the parking lot could be crushed into aggregate for roads , more recycling. My point is even if Jimmy Johnson wasnt your cup of tea ... the man was a genius . A raw uneducated man that could out smart the best of them!
Marina October 28, 2012 at 12:33 AM
Google Pricilla Oughton.....She lives in Ft Lauderdale and Islamarada (Keys) Florida. Belongs to the Ft Lauderdale Yaught club. Owns 4+ businesses. Although NOT a NJ resident she donates alot to the NJ GOP.
KFRY November 28, 2012 at 02:52 AM
Heard of the Johnsons, who is Toughill?

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