Vacant Lot Near Hazlet Train Station Eyed for New Plaza

An architectural rendering of the retail/residential plaza being planned for a vacant lot at 645 Holmdel Road, pending township approval.
An architectural rendering of the retail/residential plaza proposed for a vacant lot at 645 Holmdel Road, pending township approval. Holmdel Road is on the left; the train station lot and tracks are north.
(Image courtesy office of Hazlet Zoning/Planning Land Use)

Updated Oct. 3, 2019: A notice was posted today on the township website that the Shoreline Plaza public hearing has been carried to Nov. 7. See this link.

HAZLET –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. Two of the buildings will be all-residential.The commercial retail building would be 2,965 square feet with retail on the ground floor and residences above with a rooftop terrace.

The proposal was scheduled to be heard by the Hazlet Land Use board on Oct. 3, but on that day it was announced it would instead be moved to Nov. 7.

The large vacant lot located off Holmdel Road where a plaza is proposed. In the background, left, is the Hazlet Train Station. Homes on the Boyd Rd. cul-de-sac are can be seen.

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 property is described on tax maps as Block 229, Lot 1. A Sept. 18 legal notice published in the Asbury Park Press by the applicant’s attorney, Allan Weiss, incorrectly described the property as Block 299, Lot 1.

The new project would be built on the 83,500 square foot irregular lot in the BN2 neighborhood commercial zone. The new use will require water and sewer hookups, and a stormwater management plan. Variances will be sought for permitted use and building height. The Applicant is also seeking bulk “C” variances for rear yard setback, lot coverage, accessory structure side yard setback, and accessory structure rear yard setback.

The residential portion of the proposed project is centered around a community pool.
(Image courtesy office of Hazlet Planning/Zoning Land Use)

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.

3 thoughts on “Vacant Lot Near Hazlet Train Station Eyed for New Plaza

  1. Heard the former head of the NJEDA talk on Transit Hubs & Transit Villages last year – it’s happening all over NJ & is especially attractive to Millennials & beleaguered car commuters. A Transit Village is planned for the redeveloping Ft. Monmouth near the Little Silver Train Station, too. Already successful in Linden, Rahway, Cranford & elsewhere.
    Congrats on this exciting new & much needed website! Since the county daily stopped covering hyperlocal news, citizens are sadly left largely in the dark. Sites like Hazletonian are the remedy. This one is particularly attractive, comprehensive, & readable. I know Christina to be a top flight, highly respected, first class serious newswoman with years of in-the-trenches experience. Have subscribed, will stay tuned, & look forward to what’s to come!

  2. Such a good piece of land, surprised that no one did anything with it all these years. Never saw a property centered around a communal pool like that.

  3. How about housing for us on disability income SS trying to live in a senior bldg when where only in our 50’s..800$$ a month to live off of help single person and have to feel like not wanted with 62yrs and older people…plus now most places will only take u put u on there 3 or 5yr list once your 62 yrs old..please consider thank you

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