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Township Officials Meet with Alcatel-Lucent Contract Buyers

The purpose was a simple "meet and greet," said the mayor.

Mayor Patrick Impreveduto gave a brief statement at Thursday's Township Committee meeting about a recent meeting between township officials and the people involved with the purchase of the 473-acre Alcatel-Lucent property on Crawfords Corner Road in Holmdel. He characterized it as a "meet and greet."

He said Elsie Sterling Oversight LLC will have a concept plan to present in coming weeks, and that their mission was unchanged as previously reported in the media.  Read Holmdel Patch's exclusive conversation with Elsie Sterling Howard on Feb. 28.

Also at the April 5 meeting, the Committee passed a resolution authorizing the Commitee and Planning Board to undertake a study that would describe the vacant Bell Labs property as "an an area in need of redevelopment" under Local Redevelopment and Housing Laws. Officials said is was a "modest change" to the existing rehabilitation draft already done, and the public will have a chance to express their opinions on it when it is finished.

The township's last Redevelopment Plan for the property was scrapped in December 20, 2011 after the township a last-minute letter of protest from an Alcatel-Lucent attorney. Stephen Eisdorfer of Hill Wallack LLP of Princeton NJ called Holmdel township's proposed redevelopment plan "unlawful" under the Local Redevelopment and Housing Law" and "poorly thought through and dysfunctional."

For more about how communities develop Redevelopment Plans, see our report on Rutgers professor Clinton Andrews' Dec. 13 2011 lecture before the Citizens for Informed Land Use in Holmdel.

For more articles on all reported developments at the site, see special section "Alcatel-Lucent Property Stories on Holmdel Patch."

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