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Lucent Development Plan Presentation Draws 125 People

Watch the video to hear Somerset Development's plans for structures on the 475-acre tract.

Ralph Zucker of Somerset Development, the man who would like to turn the vacant Alcatel-Lucent building into an animated space filled with medical-related offices, a few retail shops, apartments and cafes received a respectful reception from a crowd of more than 125 people last night at the Community Center.  

In a half-hour long presentation with slides, Zucker outlined his plan for the historic Eero Saarinen-designed building, a health club or data center, and 30 homes on one-acre lots, a plan that has been in the works for three and a half years.

New tonight was mention of his intention to employ the energy efficiencies of solar panels (lots of them) for the site. After a suggestion by a resident, he said he'd like to look into creating bike and pedestrian paths.  

And he revealed that his plan included the township library and other municipal offices, a special request by the Township Committee, "to make it a complete town center," said Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso. 

The proposed plan has been worked out in partnership with Holmdel Township officials, who are trying to guide the future usage of the site into one that fits best with the town's character. Somerset Development is in private contract talks with Alcatel Lucent. 

Check Holmdel Patch in coming days for more highlights from the June 15 presentation.

Jonathan June 16, 2011 at 01:53 PM
Too many Holmdel residents still think that the plans are to put hundreds and hundreds of homes on the Lucent property, but that simply isnt' true anymore. The developer and the town have agreed to NO MORE than 30 homes... which is really nothing when you think about it. Holmdel used to get millions of dollars in tax revenue from this property, and now it's just a few hundred thousand dollars. Let's get this plan moving forward!
Tony Orsini June 16, 2011 at 07:02 PM
Now we're talki' turkey. But how many residential units IN the building? Will they be age restricted?
Matthew W. Roberts June 16, 2011 at 07:30 PM
Having grown up less than a mile away from a thriving Bell Labs (1960-70s), I really hope it is preserved. It sounds like it is heading that way finally.
Elise Donovan June 17, 2011 at 01:14 AM
If we're going to have offices, retail, residential, and Township facilities, then I think it would be great if the developer and the Township worked out a plan for a shuttle bus. It could run from the property ("Town Center") in a loop out to Rt. 35, up 35 stopping at the Commons/Cedar Village and then Village Grande, on up to the train station, and then back along Holmdel and Crawfords Corner Road to the Lucent property. If the retail partners were involved (it would bring them customers) along with the developer, it might be able to be provided free of charge.
Jennifer August 04, 2011 at 06:21 PM
I want to know how they are going to guarantee any of what Mr. Zucker says actually happens. He did a huge groundbreaking in Woodbridge in 2006 on just such a multipurpose project, and there is still nothing there, and no "ratables". He is always touting himself as the developer of Woodbridge Commons, but there is nothing there. What has he ACTUALLY built, besides multifamily housing and an "age-restricted" community that he is asking to lift the age restriction on? What is to stop him from demolishing the building - "Oh, we didn't realize it has deteriorated so much" ? What is to stop him from flipping the property to the (non-taxable) Yeshiva? those 100 units would make great apartments for (nontaxable) Yeshiva students and their small families. When they are ready for bigger housing, well, they can just sue for more density since the whole property has been approved for sewerage, and there is approval for housing outside the ring. Mr. Zucker is being sued by Lakewood taxpayers for just such a property-flip. Mr. Zucker was on the planning committee for Lakewood, and approved every available lot for high-density building. Mr. Zucker is affiliated with the Chabad house, which is looking for a "permanent home" for their hebrew school and "growing congregation" since they are currently operating out of the firehouse on Main Street. Connect the dots. ZERO tax revenue. Lots of building. Or, as in Woodbridge, no building, no tax revenue. Hmmm. Which do we hope for?
Jennifer August 04, 2011 at 07:04 PM
Sorry, Wood-ridge. Westmont Station is the development. I recommend people look at the Lakewood View and the Lakewood Scoop and Google Ralp Zucker to get a better feel for his reputation on his own turf.

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