The Belmar Borough Council on Wednesday approved a resolution to move its $7.1 million boardwalk redevelopment plan to its Planning Board for review.
The vote was 3-1. Councilman Brian Magovern was absent. Councilman James Bean cast the sole vote against.The move is the next in the process to realizing a goal of building a pair of two-story pavilions to replace the four destroyed by Superstorm Sandy. The Planning Board will review the plan, checking against land use law, and will send its recommendations back to the council.
The Planning Board is expected to take up the issue at a special meeting on Sept. 24, officials said.
The council two weeks ago approved a $7.1 million bond ordinance to forward the plan over the objections of a group that has threatened to sue the borough if the plans go through.
The group, which calls themselves “Let The Citizens Decide,’’ favors instead that the council put the redevelopment plan on the ballot as a referendum.
Mayor Matt Doherty, who backs the redevelopment plan, said the borough is moving ahead with the plans.
“They’ve (Let The Citizens Decide) had their say and now it’s time to move on,’’ Doherty has said.
The plan calls for rebuilding the Taylor pavilion at 5th Avenue near Silver Lake and another pavilion at 10th Avenue. Both structures would be two stories tall, according to the plans. The previous structures were single stories.
After public outcry, the borough scrapped its original plans to have another two-story pavilion at 8th Avenue, with a rooftop mini-golf facility.
The 10th Avenue pavilion would have lifeguard and other storage on its beach level, with roll-up doors. The boardwalk, or first floor, would house 815 square feet for concessions, and rooms for a police substation, EMS with exam room, and lifeguard office, the plans say.
The Taylor Pavilion is proposed with a second-floor room available for community events as a banquet room. The room will include a kitchen, bathroom and balcony, to accommodate 200 people within the 4,300-square-foot room. The first-floor will have a 1,400 square-foot concession space, badge sales, seniors’ club storage, a women’s club kitchen, a coat-room and lobby, according to the plans.