This evening at 6:00 pm, a new proposal for Eagle Ridge Golf Course will be heard at the township planning board meeting (231 Third St).
GDMS Holdings LLC, a frum development company, will present plans to build 556 homes with basement apartments – 1,112 families -, on the former golf course. The development is named “The Parke”, which will include bike paths, parks and open space, four community centers, and a shopping center.
Eagle Ridge is located near the intersection of Cross & Prospect Street. During rush hour the traffic is so bad at that intersection, that having an additional 1,000 vehicles added to the mix will make it and its surrounding roads a complete gridlock. Some online hate groups are opposed to this plan simply because they are against the growth of Lakewood. But some local residents, who have nothing against a new development, are simply concerned about the traffic it will create. Lawyers of the neighboring adult community, as well as residents who would be affected by the traffic, are pushing to have contingencies restored in the Master Plan that would require the builders to implement road improvements to the surrounding areas, so that the roads could handle the influx of traffic ensuing from it. Those improvements would entail adding a 3rd (left-turning) lane to Cross Street, and a traffic light at the Prospect/Cross intersection.
The board meeting, which is open to the public, is likely to be a heated one.
Separate from the planned board meeting, there was also a request for an injunction (“restraining order”) to prevent GDMS Holdings from moving forward with their application to develop Eagle Ridge Golf Course was filed today. The judge, Judge Marlene Lynch Ford, granted the request. Oral arguments are scheduled for 2:30pm today at the Ocean County Superior Court (118 Washington Street in Toms River, 2nd floor, Courtroom #1.)
If the judge issues an injunction, that means all township planning board meetings will be postponed (I.e. the entire project will be put on hold) until the legal battles are fully settled in court. It can take up to a few days for the judge to issue a ruling on the injunction.