Ocean County Board of Commissioners Announce Partnership with Berkeley Township – Good Luck Point – 2 Houses repurposed for affordable housing

Thu Dec 09 2021 17:00:00 GMT+0000 (Coordinated Universal Time)

Two houses located on Good Luck Point in Berkeley Township that came into Ocean County ownership as part of a hazard mitigation plan will be repurposed for affordable housing.

"I am happy to announce a partnership with Berkeley Township to save these homes and be able to use them in other areas for families," said Ocean County Commissioner Virginia E. Haines, liaison to the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust program. "We are planning to enter into an agreement with Berkeley Township where we donate the structures and the township is responsible for relocating them.

"I am not aware of this being done elsewhere," Haines said. "This partnership brings the benefit of affordable home ownership to someone or a family. What could be better?"

Ocean County acquired properties within the Good Luck Point section of Berkeley Township for flood mitigation purposes under the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust Fund Program.

"Some of these properties include structures scheduled for demolition," Haines said. "Working with Berkeley Township, we have identified two single-family ranch homes that are in good condition and could be repurposed."

The township, under the agreement, will work with a nonprofit to have the structures moved and transported to their Manitou Park affordable housing project.

The single-family ranch houses are located on Beach Avenue and Dorrance Drive.

When Superstorm Sandy roared ashore on Oct. 29, 2012, Good Luck Point was one of the areas in Ocean County that suffered catastrophic damage. Since that time, Ocean County has been working to acquire properties there under the Federal Emergency Management Administration's Hazard Mitigation Grant program. So far, 15 properties have been acquired.

In addition to those properties, the County has sought to expand the Good Luck Point project area through direct acquisition of properties using funds from the County open space preservation program.

The property located on Beach Avenue is surrounded by existing county Natural Lands Trust property and the other on Dorrance Drive is adjacent to a lot acquired by the County under the FEMA Hazard Mitigation Grant.

"The purchase is helping in our land preservation efforts and also to help with hazard mitigation in the future should we ever see another major storm," Haines said. "It makes far more sense to save these homes if they are in good condition and allow for a future use, than to demolish them, when they have a value for someone."

The Ocean County Board of Commissioners is scheduled to pass a resolution at its Dec. 15 public meeting authorizing the agreement of the donation of the structures to Berkeley Township.
The details of the transfer however are still being worked out.

Upon removal of the homes any remaining improvements on the properties will be demolished and the sites will be returned to natural states. Bulkheading at the Dorrance Drive property will be maintained until it can be safely restored to a natural shoreline.