Holmdel’s consultant calls for Bell Labs demolition; McMansions, Golf Course
Received today: the recently issued consultant’s report commissioned by the Holmdel Township Committee on the future of the Bell Labs property. REVA Partners were engaged by the town government, and have proposed a series of recommendations that will “enhance the Holmdel Community as a whole and add to the Township’s tax base.”
Ignoring completely the international significance of the Eer0 Saarinen-designed Bell Labs building and the Sasaki-designed landscape, the recommendations nowhere indicate knowledge or review of the Bell Labs charrette findings (see previous posts, and downloadable Charrette Report). Instead, the consultant states that the building, “by current construction standards is considered inadequate” and should be demolished.
Calling for “the property (to be) developed in an environmentally friendly manner fitting the character of the community,” the consultant recommends that the Township create and adopt a Redevelopment Plan that calls for development of:
- Private 18 Hole Golf Course
- Privately owned homes buffering the golf course on 4-5 acres of property approximately $2-3 Million in price.
- 150 Age Restricted (50 & Older) detached homes
- A State of the Art Equestrian Center
- Two-Three Story municipally occupied buildings that encompass the Township offices, Library, Police Department and potentially the Fire Department and EMS.
- World Class Community Center with an indoor pool, Senior Center, basketball courts, tennis courts and a revolving stage that could be used indoor or outdoor. When the stage faces outdoors it turns into an Amphitheater for concerts or plays in the park.
- 100,000-150,000 square feet of Professional/Medical Offices.
- Ancillary retail within the area of the municipal complex and community center.
- Movie Studio – this would create jobs for Holmdel residents, tie into Holmdel’s Theater program, providing a setting for movies to be filmed on and an educational opportunity for Holmdel residents/students.
“There are several charming characteristics to this property,” says the report, “one being the two ponds that are located on either side of the “Ring Road”. One of the ponds is inhabited by bass fish, while the other one has a white bridge crossing it, providing a wonderful setting for weddings or to watch the sunset. Both ponds complement the large tracks of wooded areas and acres of open land located on the remainder of the site, adding to the peaceful nature of the property and tying into the character of Holmdel. While at the southern most portion of the property, there are several former baseball fields that provide a park-like and picturesque setting.”
The recommendations suggest the town consider applying for New Jersey Smart Growth grants, and also explore outright purchase of the property using Green Acres and/or state Economic Development Authority funding.
Here’s the holmdel-lucent-redevelopment-report-01-26-9. Let the reader understand.