Earlier in June, the board agreed that the three adjoining lots, which includes the former school, an empty one story structure containing a former dry cleaning business and a vacant lot which once housed a pharmacy, are located in an area in need of redevelopment. The board also agreed that the lots met the criteria for the use of eminent domain.
Councilman Marc Leckstein said at the July 5 Sea Bright Council meeting that the resolution passed by the board will soon be sent to council for possible action. If the council were to accept the resolution, the next step would be to create a redevelopment plan for the land, and if that were ultimately adopted, it would be considered a zoning overlay.
If the borough were to exercise eminent domain, it could either take ownership of the land and develop the property or bring in a redeveloper to buy the property from the current owners at just compensation, Leckstein explained. All three lots are owned by different entities.
Leckstein said that if eminent domain were used by the borough it would not be detrimental because all three lots are uninhabited.
"No residents are being impacted by this project if it goes forward," Leckstein said.