Thursday, June 16, 2011
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…
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
A response to Lucent's June 6 testimony by William Parkinson at DEP hearing
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
The following letter to Gov. Chris Christie, written by former Holmdel Mayor Ernest Cote, now a resident of Asbury Park, was distributed to the media on June 15. Cote was mayor in 1992 at a time when the Township Committee allowed limited sewering of the AT&T Bell Labs site, now known as the Alcatel-Lucent property. Governor Christie, The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) is, inexplicably, considering adding the entirety (470+ acres) of the former Holmdel AT&T Bell Labs site to the sewer service area of the Bayshore Regional Sewage Authority (BRSA). In support of this irrational proposition, and in a selfish attempt to balloon the value of its land, Alcatel-Lucent (the French company that now owns the property) …
Tuesday, June 7, 2011
William Parkinson said to not include the Bell Labs properties in the sewer service area would be "unjust."
The real estate manager of the Alcatel-Lucent company read a statement for the record at the NJDEP public hearing on June 6. In it, he said the company maintains that its property was always supposed to be included in a sewer service area.
Cote refutes Alcatel-Lucent's claim that Holmdel always intended to include the 475-acre property in sewer service plan.
Former township Mayor and Councilman Ernest Cote returned to Holmdel politics Monday night to refute Alcatel-Lucent's claim that the township always intended to include the 475-Bell Labs tract in a sewer service area. Cote appeared as one of 22 people who gave public commentary to the NJDEP against proposed changes to the county wastewater management plan which would put several undeveloped Holmdel areas, such as Alcatel-Lucent, into a sewer service area. He said he would know what actually happened because he was mayor when the AT&T Corporation, the coporate predecessor to Alcatel-Lucent -- negotiated terms with the township and the Bayshore Regional Sewerage Authority for two pumping stations and 21,000 feet of sewer line. Cote, a …
Friday, May 20, 2011
Signatures being collected Saturday against DEP's sewering plan.
A petition drive by Holmdel residents to protest the DEP's plan to allow the entire Lucent and Garden State Arts Center tracts to be sewered will continue this weekend. Read the full story here. On Saturday morning, between 9 a.m. 11 a.m.: Volunteers were also talking last night about having a table for the petition at the paper shredding event on Sunday morning, behind Holmdel High School, but had not yet committed to do so. See details about the county-sponsored shredding event here.
Thursday, May 19, 2011
A petition drive to be held outside Thursday’s Township Committee Meeting
Concerned Holmdel residents will launch a petition drive at tonight’s Township Committee [May 19] meeting to support the governing body’s fight against the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s (DEP) plan to allow the entire Lucent and Garden State Arts Center tracts to be sewered. The petitions will be presented to the DEP at its June 6 public hearing in Manalapan. “The Township Committee negotiated in good faith with the DEP and the County,” said Mayor Patrick Impreveduto. “At the 11th hour, the DEP reversed itself and opened up the entire tracts to sewer service.” In 2001, the DEP and Monmouth County Board of Freeholders took over authority for municipal wastewater management plans, which include maps delineating where sewer …
Wednesday, May 4, 2011
Planning Board approves “rehabilitation” designation for Lucent building in long road back to ratables. Alcatel-Lucent sets deadline.
An important next step in restoring ratables on the Lucent property was approved by the Holmdel Planning Board on Tuesday evening, May 2 in Town Hall. Township planner Jennifer Beahm, of CME Associates, Howell, presented the Alcatel-Lucent Rehabilitation Determination Study for discussion and approval. Designating a formal need for “rehabilitation” of the former Bell Labs landmark will help bring the property back to utility for the township, according to Beahm. To underscore the overdue urgency of moving forward, Beahm sited what gets everyone's attention, tax revenue. “In 1997, Lucent paid $4.5 million in tax revenue to the town,” she said. “In 2006, it paid $3 million annually.” Today, Lucent generates $525,000, an 83% reduction. “There…
Wednesday, February 23, 2011
At the Township Committee meeting Thursday, officials said it was not too late to suggest ideas.
Questions about what exactly is being discussed behind closed doors for the redevelopment of nearly 500-acres of Alcatel Lucent property were brought up by two residents at a Township Committee meeting on Feb. 17. Mayor Patrick Impreveduto and Committeeman Eric Hinds, the two elected members who serve on the Lucent subcommittee, were not present. So it was up to Deputy Mayor Serena DiMaso, Committeeman Larry Fink, and Township Attorney Duane Davidson to assure members of the public that they will be informed and involved in public meetings as the talks unfold and wind their way through Planning and Zoning board meetings. Committeeman Rocco Pascucci was also present, though not shown in this video. Questions were asked by residents …
Saturday, February 19, 2011
A fascinating look at the construction of Bell Labs, beginning in 1959.
In these fascinating videos about the planning, construction and life of the Holmdel Bell Labs facility beginning in 1959 on Crawfords Corner Road, you will see amazing things. The story is told to the accompaniment of dramatic orchestral music. There are scenes of men precariously perched on the top of the property's water tower, the burning of the old buildings fomerly on the site, the historic Hendrickson house before it was moved off the land, and of course the inventions. The video is narrated in great style. The photography captures how Eero Saarinen's architectural vision included sunlight's effect on patterns of glass in the soaring atrium, movable walls that could expand workspaces, sunlit filled long corridors and windowless, …
Tuesday, January 4, 2011
Mayor Patrick Impreveduto describes priorities for the development of the Lucent site.
In his first remarks as Holmdel Township's Mayor, Patrick Impreveduto spoke of the danger of falling into complacency. He said the Committee must "lay the foundation for a future that is prosperous and sustainable." "Holmdel has taken some financial blows," he said. "I hate saying it, but I think Holmdel will take a few more blows before these hard times are done." See the video for an excerpt from his speech at the Township Committee Reorganization meeting Monday night.