Are the Rumors True; Will Amazon Come to Berkeley Township in the Old Beachwood / Pine Beach Plaza
I've been reading all about this on the local Facebook groups.
Ok, there are so many of you writing on Facebook groups with your positives and your negatives. One thing I know for sure, it won't be happening that soon.
If an Amazon warehouse and distribution center was to come to Berkeley Township so many different organizations and people would have to sign off on it. And, that's a clean-up site, which means in order to build on there, it has to be cleaned up from underneath. And that raises another question, are we as Berkeley Township residents paying for that?
There is a letter that is public on the Pine Beach Borough's page and Berkeley Township's website. In the public meeting notice, it states that there has been an amendment to the original "Town Center Redevelopment Plan." There's no mention of Amazon, but I guess because of a warehouse, Amazon?? I'm not sure. Why is everyone saying, "Amazon?"
I do know one thing. Driving from Bayville to Toms River, I pass Pine Beach and Beachwood, it looks horrible and we need something to look nice as we drive by. Wouldn't we all like to drive by the old Beachwood Plaza in Berkeley Township and see something nice? It was supposed to be a retail hub with a restaurant or two, but since the big box stores are disappearing because of online buying and Covid-19, it looks like the township opened it up to warehouses and distribution sites on that land, also.
If Amazon or another warehouse would come to Berkeley it could bring jobs to the area and it will clean it up. Imagine driving by and seeing nice landscaping and more lighting along Rt. 9. I know friends who wouldn't even buy in this area because they would have to drive through the area of Beachwood and Pine Beach. I love both of these towns including Bayville and for it to look like that, it just brings us all down including house prices.
The traffic is horrendous through that area most of the day and weekends, but if there was a way of bringing the traffic in another way or from the back of that property, that might help. Hopefully, there will be some ideas thrown out.
If you'd like to know more or express your opinions, a meeting will take place on August 23rd at 6 pm and your opinions will be heard. The meeting will take place in the main meeting room at the Berkeley Township Municipal Building at 627 Pinewald-Keswick Road in Bayville.
So many of our listeners put in their ideas on what should be there:
Laura in Toms River says a Home Depot, Lowe's, or a Home Store of some sort.
Janey Ann in Beachwood would love an Applebee's or Friday's.
Lucy and Larry both wrote me from Bayville saying they'd love to see a park with a walking trail with many trees.
What are your thoughts?
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