A vacant piece of land steps from the Hazlet Train Station could become a shopping plaza with apartments centered around a community pool, under a developer’s proposal recently submitted to the township.
Shoreline Plaza, LLC of Woodbridge has submitted a site plan and drawings to build three buildings on 17,102 square feet at 645 Holmdel Road. The residential component of the proposal is for 29 apartments: 21 units would be 2-bedroom, and 8 units would be 1-bedroom. The commercial retail building would be 2,965 square feet.
The proposal will be reviewed by Hazlet’s township engineer and then forwarded to the Hazlet Land Use board, which will hold a public hearing.
Though it is nothing but a scrubby field today, the location has always been a busy location in Hazlet’s history. Located on a stagecoach line in the 19th century along the Holmdel-Keyport Turnpike, it was once the site of a hotel and tavern, a general store, and then the red Swartzel’s farm and garden complex of wooden buildings, according to Images of America: Hazlet Township by William B. Longo.
The new project would be built on the 83,500 square foot irregular lot, known on the tax map as Block 229, Lot 1. It is in the BN2 neighborhood commercial zone. The new use will require water and sewer hookups, and a stormwater management plan. Variances will be sought because, according to the site plan application filed with the Hazlet Zoning/Planning Land Use office on Dec. 4, the use, 44-foot height and density are not permitted in the zone.
The plans call for 81 parking places, buffers, lighting and landscaping. Some trees may be removed.
The land owner is Samuel S.H. Ahne, Esq. of Morganville, owner of Hanahne Realty of New York, who purchased the property in 2001 for $360,000 from Elizabeth Mason, who lived on nearby Brailley Lane.
According to documents, the applicant is the longtime Woodbridge-based developer Ralph Mocci, who has developed multiple plazas and projects in Middlesex County. His office is at 241 Main Street, Woodbridge.
The site planner is John McDonough & Associates.