WHAT CAN BE Accomplished?: Aerial check out of downtown Seashore Haven exhibits Bay Avenue, which serves as the borough’s key company artery. How to make it a lot more flourishing is on the borough council’s agenda. (Image by Jack Reynolds)
Determining the potential of the principal business enterprise district in Beach Haven has been a subject matter on and off the back again burner for several years, and at a meeting Monday night time, Nov. 8, the borough council commenced what appears to be like a collection of discussions on the issue.
The subject surfaced not long ago when the council proposed a new zoning ordinance, but tabled it after critics complained it was way too intrusive. The new ordinance would prohibit many works by using in the small business zone together Bay Avenue, such as one-loved ones detached dwellings, multi-loved ones detached dwellings, two-family detached dwellings and accommodations and motels. The spot addresses 12th Avenue to Pearl Avenue and stretches in close proximity to the Holgate border.
Residences would be permitted, but they could be located only previously mentioned professional models that occupy at least the entire to start with ground.
But a important place of contention was the stipulation that if an individual wanted to offer a small business, the residence would continue to be a company and could not be transformed into a household dwelling.
At that time, Councilwoman Nancy Taggart Davis experienced stated the function of the ordinance was to try to keep continuity in Beach front Haven.
“Soon we are heading to be just like the (Prolonged Seashore) township and just have solitary-loved ones properties on key street with a enterprise listed here and there,” she said at the time. “The notion of retaining a retail enterprise where there is presently a retail business with a condo earlier mentioned lets for some type of company kind of ambiance, but also housing as nicely. Numerous small towns are completely dropping their small business districts. A single matter that makes Beach Haven special is the point that we do have a small business district that is walkable. We are starting to get rid of that.”
Jim Maley, who serves with Emily Givens as redevelopment counsel for the borough, stated at Monday’s meeting that breaking up a enterprise district with intermittent properties “doesn’t truly operate.”
“Beach Haven is in a special circumstance in that you want to sustain a small-town appeal even though preserving a flourishing company spot,” he explained. “If corporations are likely to endure, they’re heading to have to attract men and women.”
Maley said the borough could designate some parts in town for redevelopment or rehabilitation, in which incentives this kind of as tax abatements could be provided. He explained this kind of packages in his hometown of Collingswood, where by he serves as mayor, and Ocean City have turned their places into flourishing districts.
“Mixed uses can work, where by you have organizations on the very first flooring and residences on top,” he explained. “That is a widespread development in advancement.”
Ken Muha, a member of the land use board, reported very couple of corporations in the borough keep open up 12 months ’round, and Seaside Haven should really give incentives to assistance organizations execute that.
“For illustration, corporations are dependable for obtaining trash gathered,” claimed Muha. “We’re accountable for owning our trash gathered,” he mentioned. “Maybe the borough could select up our trash to obtain a way to assistance us out.”
Margie Stewart, a co-proprietor of Uncle Will’s, explained what may well have labored for Ocean Metropolis and Collingswood does not mean it would operate for Seaside Haven.
“Ocean City has its individual higher faculty and is not on a barrier island, like we are,” she mentioned. “We want a practical company district. Our block is one particular of the busiest on the Island. But to succeed, we have to have more than just promises.”
Resident Howard Buerkle claimed with Beach front Haven’s tiny wintertime populace, preserving lots of 12 months-spherical firms would be pretty challenging. But he stated summertime has its issues, far too.
“And then all through the summer, when you get on the Island (in Ship Base), you strike 33 website traffic lights prior to you get to Beach Haven, and it can take about 40 minutes,” he reported. “They should really fix the sequence of the lights so you really don’t have to make as several stops.”
Resident Amanda Stress explained Seashore Haven “still presents so a great deal charm.”
“But the firms need assist, most likely as a result of tax abatements,” she mentioned.
Borough Manager Sherry Mason claimed a further assembly to explore the subject matter will take place in the in the vicinity of potential.
— Eric Englund