Holmdel Road, Near Rt. 35, May See Changes

561 Holmdel Road is an undeveloped lot with one structure on it.
The new owner of land at 561 Holmdel Road, across from the Goddard School, has filed a proposal to subdivide the property into six housing lots.

HAZLET –Changes may be coming to some mostly vacant lots on Holmdel Road, near Route 35.

The owner of a parcel across from the Goddard School parking lot is seeking permission from the township for a major subdivision plan to build new houses.

Next door, a vacant lot across from the Park East parking lot has just been sold to a neighboring car dealership.

Ventura Partners of Holmdel has applied to the Hazlet Land Use Board to subdivide 1.1 acres of land at 561 Holmdel Road to create six residential single-family building lots in a residential zone. On the tax map, the land is identified as Block 215, Lots 8-10, and 23-25. The case will be considered by the board at an upcoming meeting and the public will have a chance to comment.

Three lots would be along Holmdel Road and three along Park Avenue, according to a preliminary plan prepared by site planner is Robert T. Kee, Jr. of Kee Engineering Enterprises in Matawan. Four of the lots would be 7,000 square feet, and the one with the existing white two-story brick building on site is proposed to be 10,000 square feet. But variances will be required for one lot sized at 6,000 square feet, which falls short of the minimum 7,000 square foot size required by ordinance. Also, lot width and frontage on that lot is only 60 feet, instead of the required 70 feet.

The landowner is Thomas Abbondante, listed as the managing member of Ventura Partners in paperwork filed at the planning and zoning office.

The land, owned by the Sickles family since 1960, was sold in 2017 by Jeffrey Sickles to Ventura Partners for $360,000. Hazlet landscaper Frank Rahm leases the lot for his business.

A vacant lot at the corner of Holmdel Road and Bayview Avenue, Hazlet.
A vacant lot at the corner of Holmdel Road and Bayview Avenue has been purchased by Buhler.

Next to the parcel, a cleared lot formerly owned by Nicholas Mariolis was sold to DGRC, LLC, a company associated with the Buhler Chrysler Jeep Dodge Ram car dealership. The 1.1-acre parcel, known on tax maps as Lot 215, Lot 4, sold for $600,000 on September 20, 2018. It is located in the township’s Building-Highway zone.

Buhler, through the DGRC company, also added two neighboring properties to its portfolio two months later, located on a street directly behind the dealership, next to its parking lot. Both were on the market. 18 Bayview was purchased for $312,000 on Nov. 8, 2018 and 20 Bayview Avenue was purchased for $180,000 on Nov. 16, 2018.

Another proposed development for Holmdel Road has been filed with the Land Use board. Shoreline Plaza is a residential/commercial concept for a vacant lot near the train station. Read more about it on Hazletonian.com

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