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Walters to Build 67 Oceanside Homes on Barrier Island in South Mantoloking
BRICK, N.J. (Oct., 20, 2022) — A groundbreaking ceremony to mark the start of construction for Osborn Dunes is slated for Saturday, October 29 at 11 a.m. at the intersection of Shell Road and Route 35 North in the barrier island section of Brick Township. Walters, an award-winning developer based in Barnegat, plans to redevelop the site, formerly known as Camp Osborn, into 67 oceanside homes.
“This important redevelopment project will transform the area to create smarter, safer coastal homes that meet FEMA’s flood guidelines,” said Ed Walters Jr., president and founder of Walters.
Located on the barrier island between Mantoloking and Normandy Beach, Camp Osborn was once a community consisting of single-family bungalows. The homes were destroyed by the hurricane surge and fire following Superstorm Sandy’s devastation. What remained was an empty stretch of sand between the lanes of northbound Route 35 and the ocean.
After a decade of negotiating various proposals, the town, property owners, and other government agencies involved have reached a solution and are finally taking steps toward a new beginning.
“We worked with the township to develop a plan for duplex units to overcome the spatial limitation and the need to allow all owners to return,” said John Malone, president of Osborn Dunes at South Mantoloking, the HOA responsible for the new development.
“Once the final site plan was approved by the Township and all the 67 owners, we then had to negotiate easements to allow for roads and other legal matters.”
When the necessary governmental and legal approvals were completed, the task of selecting a developer got underway. “We evaluated multiple developers and chose Walters based on their knowledge of our community, extensive experience building in a shore environment, professionalism, and competitive price,” Malone said.
The newly rebuilt two-story duplexes will be superior to the original bungalows in every way. Each unit will double the square footage of usable living space and be elevated above the floodplain, also providing parking under the unit, according to Malone. “Safety is most important, which is why they will be constructed to withstand severe weather and flooding. In addition to being designed for year-round use, they will be environmentally superior.”
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