A Clue to What Alcatel-Lucent's New Buyer is Proposing?
A company spokeswoman refers to ideas in a 2009 township document.
When asked what the new potential buyer has in mind for the Lucent-Alcatel tract on Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel, Lucent-Alcatel spokeswoman Mary Ward said she was bound by confidentiality agreements and would not comment.
But she did mention a certain township document that might hold a clue.
"We are not commenting on the plans this purchaser has for the property other than to say that we believe the new purchaser’s plan is closer to what was advocated in the REVA report commissioned by the town of Holmdel," said Ward in an emailed statement to Patch on Thursday.
The REVA report is a 10-page document produced for the Holmdel Township Committee in January 2009 by REVA Partners Beth Gorin and Steve Monetti. It includes some recommended uses for the property. (A copy of the report in PDF format is attached to this article.)
The Holmdel Township Mayor and Deputy Mayor say they have been told the potential buyer has some retail, sports fields and some kind of athletic center in mind. One Township Committeeman said the concept includes golf.
Several of the REVA Partners recommendations mention related uses in the report.
Among the recommendations is a private 18-hole golf course with private homes buffering the golf course on 4-5 acres of property, a state-of-the-art equestrian center, 150 age-restricted homes, a township office center, community center with amphitheater, medical offices, retail, movie studio, and multi-use synthetic playing fields.
REVA Partners envisioned a walking trail/running path to run along the property's edge and potentially continue along the brook.
"It is Reva Partners opinion that most of the 473 acres remain accesible to the entire Holmdel community to enjoy as parks, ball fields and open space."
Despite what is in the report, and who eventually buys the property, the township has final say on how the property is used, said Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso on Thursday. The township is finalizing its redevelopment report, which, for example, will not permit large housing development.