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.