Last week the Bradley Beach Chamber of Commerce invited two top professional planners to discuss redevelopment options on Main St. No exact location was discussed, but the meeting was to educate residents about redevelopment. Planner Dave Roberts of CMX showed the residents examples of other towns and outlined the full process a redevelopment plan must go through. Mr Roberts also talked about the qualifications an area must have to be designated “in need of redevelopment”. Rehabilitation is another option which will take away the power of eminent domain. There’s no doubt that something needs to be done to some of these buildings on Main St. and also two on McCabe Ave. The owners of the buildings must be accountable. They are bringing the surrounding homes value down because they refuse to maintain the property. If they can’t afford to upkeep the appearance so it doesn’t look like an eyesore, then sell. The towns elected officials should step in and address this problem. With all the lawn signs during election time, they did want this job, didn’t they?
Patrick Henry of the Atlantic Group stressed the need for a plan that everyone can live with. Everyone must be on the same page. Mr. Henry also discussed the funding. The municipality would use the newly increased property tax revenue from the project to pay the debts incurred from the project.
There are a few ways to look at making Main St. more appealing and the fastest way is to call out the property owners of these run-down buildings, like the one across from town hall, and advise them to clean up or get fined. Our standards must be high if we want a great Main St.