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Hazlet Zoning Board to Hear Holmdel Road Strip Mall Application

The proposed mall would be on a vacant property near Route 35, bordered by Holmdel Road, Bayview Avenue and Park Avenue.

A local business owner is looking to build a strip mall off of Holmdel Road near Route 35. 

The property, which is currently vacant, is located behind the Exxon on Route 35 and is bordered by Holmdel Road, Bayview Avenue and Park Avenue. The fourth side of the property backs up to single family homes. 

Nicholas Mariolis, the property owner, is proposing 10,000 square foot strip mall with a total of eight separate units. Strip malls, defined as any establishment with more than two commercial businesses in the same structure, are prohibited in that zone.

The project would also require set back and parking lot variances. According to the public notice, the plans include a 37-foot setback for the principal building setback on Bayview Avenue where 50 feet is required and 51 parking spots where 70 would be typically required. 

Any approval given by the board would be subject to a subsequent site plan approval, according to the public notice. The completed application, maps and papers are on file in the office of the Hazlet Zoning Board of Adjustment Secretary.

The application will be heard at the board's Tuesday, April 9 meeting at 7 p.m. at town hall, 1766 Union Avenue in Hazlet. The meeting is open to the public.

Debbie Busse March 28, 2013 at 01:04 PM
arent there enough vacant buildings for new stores? stop building already
Debbie March 28, 2013 at 01:18 PM
My EXACT thoughts. How about utilizing existing vacancies! Keep the space open and work on revitalizing the miles to strip malls lining RT35, RT36, even RT9. We need 2013 ideas and actions for economic viability and growth, not more retail space which would provide a majority of low-paying, minimum wage jobs.
lisa March 28, 2013 at 01:58 PM
I also wholeheartly agree.Occupy the vacant stores and office spaces first, we have enough of them.. Stop the building and land grabbing ...
Nathan Boulman March 28, 2013 at 02:20 PM
While I agree with the comments, unfortunately you can't tell an investor how they should spend their money. That is how our economy works.
Martin B. Brilliant March 28, 2013 at 02:38 PM
Ah, but the zoning laws allow us to tell investors how they can not spend their money. That's how our government works to regulate the economy. The property owner needs variances to build the strip mall. Circumstances do not justify granting those variances. The property owner is still allowed to develop the property as single family homes.
gongshow22 March 28, 2013 at 04:21 PM
I agree. There are so many vacant buildings. They are an eyesore.
Nathan Boulman March 28, 2013 at 04:46 PM
Mr. Brilliant, while it's true that the government controls the zoning, would we rather have a vacant lot or good commercial ratables on a busy main road. By the way, why do you bring up single family homes, there is no mention at all of that in this article?
MaryAnn O'Keefe March 28, 2013 at 05:05 PM
I will tell you why. As a daily reader of the Patch this guy is against any building. I saw stuff he wrote about Holmdel now he getting involved in Hazlet. Why don't you go live on an island.
truth March 28, 2013 at 05:25 PM
lol worst location ever
Martin B. Brilliant March 28, 2013 at 06:15 PM
Mr. Boulman, please read the second paragraph again. "The fourth side of the property backs up to single family homes." I bring it up because the government has to allow the owner to develop the property in some way, strip malls are prohibited, but there are single family homes on the same block, so I would guess that single family homes are permitted. If that's so, then the owner can't complain about not being allowed to build a strip mall because there are alternative ways to develop the property.
Susan S March 28, 2013 at 06:22 PM
I think I'd actually rather see a vacant lot than more empty buildings. Can't people just rent an already available space for their unique frozen yogurt shop?
Martin B. Brilliant March 28, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I don't think the property owner wants to create a unique frozen yogurt shop. Rather, he owns this property and he wants to develop it in some way that will generate a profit. I think we're trying to warn him that he won't generate a profit by building more empty storefronts. But maybe he's looking ahead, hoping for an economic recovery, and he wants to build now when costs are lower.
Jim March 28, 2013 at 08:52 PM
If there was a need for retail space the variance would make far more sense but as there is a glut of open strip mall space actually on 35 itself not hiding off the major commercial road this would be a silly variance.
james anton March 28, 2013 at 09:23 PM
we really dont need it !! there are plenty of vacant buildings in the area .
Roslyn March 28, 2013 at 09:57 PM
Stop the building!!! There are plenty of vacant buildings on rte 35 already.
Jeff March 29, 2013 at 01:37 AM
This isn't against building, this is against zoning variances in an area where there's no need for them. There are plenty of available strip-mall locations ON Rt. 35, where traffic will not be impacted, and neither will the homes abutting this property. When the owner bought the property, they knew what it was zoned as. There's already enough traffic there between the jughandle and Park East, compounding it with a strip mall is NOT the answer.
Holmdel Repub March 29, 2013 at 12:07 PM
Owned by the same family who own shore point motel and I believe park east. Probably looking to expand that corner. Even if they rent 1/2 of the proposed stores, probably better than having a vacant lot even with the cost of putting up the structure. Stinks for those people in the adjacent houses.
Dawn Benson March 29, 2013 at 04:13 PM
That construction will bring down the property values in the neighborhood!
Jeff March 29, 2013 at 11:50 PM
That's why it's not zoned for strip malls. Hopefully the people in the adjacent houses show up to protest it.
@JB_Kane April 09, 2013 at 03:42 PM
I am curious, what would be in this strip mall?

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