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Lakewood, NJ - Toms River Buys Land On Lakewood Border To Prevent Future Jewish Development

Published on: April 15, 2016 03:23 PM
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Lakewood, NJ - 56 acres of land in the northern section of Toms River adjacent to Lakewood are in the process of being sold to the Township of Toms River which plans to reserve the land for open space.

Township administrator Paul J. Shives told the Asbury Park Press that the township will need to float a bond to finance the purchase because the town’s Open Space Trust Fund does not have $10.3 million needed to acquire the parcels which belong to several different owners and are currently zoned for rural highway business use. 

The Toms River town council voted unanimously in favor or an ordinance to allocate money for the purchase at a meeting held on Tuesday night and also introduced a second measure authorizing the township to acquire the land either by purchasing it or by exercising its right of eminent domain.

Shives acknowledged that the purchase was a precautionary measure, meant to curtail further development in the northern portion of the township which still has lots available for development.

“We have no immediate recreation needs for it,” admitted Shives. “Once open space is gone, it’s not coming back.”

The land in question is located off of Route 9 between Riverwood Drive and Cox Cro Road.  Residents in the area have complained about real estate agents from the Jewish community aggressively soliciting them to sell their homes, prompting the township council to vote to ban real estate solicitations in the area for the next five years.

This week’s vote is the second time that Toms River has moved to purchase property in an effort to block development.  The owner of a 7.2 acre property on Locust Street located near the Lakewood border found his plans to erect a legal synagogue on his land facing potential obstacles when the township amended its land use regulation and changed the parcel’s zoning in 2014.

While the synagogue plans would have likely been grandfathered in because they had been submitted before the changes were made, the owner sold the property to the township for just over $1.5 million.

A public hearing on the land acquisition has been scheduled for Tuesday, April 26.


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 Apr 15, 2016 at 04:09 PM Anonymous Says:

Great idea!!!! Kudos

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 Apr 15, 2016 at 04:19 PM Realist77 Says:

Unfortunately Jews are not always the best neighbors. If they acted like mentchen it would be a different story. Disregard for building codes, multi family dwelling, traffic etc....

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 Apr 15, 2016 at 04:32 PM The Professor Says:

The real estate agents who tried to scare the Toms River homeowners into selling for fear that Jews were going to surround them were using the same despicable, unethical tactics used 50 years earlier in parts of Brooklyn such as Canarsie - except that the undesirables were then people of color. Blockbusting is illegal in New York State. I applaud the Toms River government for their actions. The next thing is for the federal and state governments to launch a thorough investigation of the various entitlement programs to weed out and prosecute those who are gaming the system. It's my tax dollars, and those of others who observe law, that are paying in part for greed and selfishness ("ez kumpt Mir) on the part of some who illegally manipulate facts, numbers and events to get on a gravy train.

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 Apr 15, 2016 at 05:15 PM schmaltzy Says:

Read the commentary of the Netziv on Shir Hashirim who maintains that when Jews expand too much into the suburbs they cause further enmity by the nachrim around us. The frum world would do well to heed this. But it sadly does not.

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 Apr 15, 2016 at 06:31 PM AuthenticSatmar Says:

If the word jew was replaced with African Americans and Shul with Church, the ACLU, and the DOJ would be in outrage.

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 Apr 16, 2016 at 10:10 PM Mark Levin Says:

The funny thing about this is the fardurbineh sonay Yisroel yemach sh'mom are going to have their taxes go up because they were keeping the yiddin out.

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 Apr 16, 2016 at 11:21 PM MrSmith Says:

"NYC to buy 10 more buildings in Brownsville Brooklyn to prevent Blacks from expanding in Brooklyn" How would that headline fly?

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 Apr 17, 2016 at 08:24 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Mark Levin Says:

The funny thing about this is the fardurbineh sonay Yisroel yemach sh'mom are going to have their taxes go up because they were keeping the yiddin out.

No, they'll have a much lower burden for medicaid, section 8 and special Ed. Their taxes will stay down.

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 Apr 17, 2016 at 11:32 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #7  
MrSmith Says:

"NYC to buy 10 more buildings in Brownsville Brooklyn to prevent Blacks from expanding in Brooklyn" How would that headline fly?

Here's another take on it, "Blacks use block-busting tactics to illegally move into Monsey." How would that fly with you?

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 Apr 17, 2016 at 11:48 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #5  
AuthenticSatmar Says:

If the word jew was replaced with African Americans and Shul with Church, the ACLU, and the DOJ would be in outrage.

Ok my satmar friend so let me flip your words back to you. Picture that 100 afruacn american families decide to purchase homes smack in middle of Kiras yoel. Would the community be OK with that?

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 Apr 17, 2016 at 12:59 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Mark Levin Says:

The funny thing about this is the fardurbineh sonay Yisroel yemach sh'mom are going to have their taxes go up because they were keeping the yiddin out.

Quite the opposite—they'll save on Medicare, Medicaid, food stamps, housing subsidies, etc., etc. If the man of the family is a full-time learner and he and his wife have many children, there is no way that they will not be a burden on taxpayers.

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 Apr 17, 2016 at 01:03 PM WiseDude Says:

Reply to #6  
Mark Levin Says:

The funny thing about this is the fardurbineh sonay Yisroel yemach sh'mom are going to have their taxes go up because they were keeping the yiddin out.

It's worth it.

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