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Ground Broken in Brick at Future Tudor Village Site

Lt. Gov. in town for ceremony

Township and state officials gathered for the ceremonial groundbreaking of the Tudor Village community Friday afternoon.

The development, which will be nestled in the woods off Route 70 near the Bancroft Neurohealth site, will include 12 apartments, nine of which will be set aside for individuals with developmental or intellectual disabilities.

Tudor Village is being built by Brick-based Homes Now Inc., a nonprofit company, and several partners. The project has received both state and federal grant funding.

Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno, who was on hand for the groundbreaking ceremony, said the Brick project is one of the first of its kind in the state and is in line with Gov. Chris Christie's call for the mentally disabled to be assimilated into the community rather than institutionalized.

Guadagno said when she took office, New Jersey had the second-highest number of institutionalized people of any state in the country.

"We knew ... that we were going to have to find a safe, secure state-of-the-art place to put people who should be assimilated into our society and not instutionalized," said Guadagno. "When I heard about Tudor Village and everything it was, I had to come."

"People said it couldn't be done, but it can be done if we all get together and single-mindedly understand that the goal is to find safe and secure homes for the most vulnerable in our society," she said.

Tudor Village will also include housing for low-income veterans, officials said.

Those with mental disabilities living at the facility will receive round-the-clock care by The Arc of Ocean County.

Most who spoke at the groundbreaking ceremony credited Carol Wolfe, President of Homes Now, for getting the project off the ground.

Last year, Homes Now entered into a payment in lieu of taxes (PILOT) agreement with the township. Under the PILOT agreement, the facility will make an annual payment to the township despite being exempt from traditional property taxes. PILOT agreements are common in situations when a tax exempt organization or complex owns property. They usually pay close to what a market rate tax payment would be.

The site of the future complex has already been cleared and construction is set to begin soon.

Anthony September 15, 2012 at 05:21 PM
Oh and by the way, these ARC run homes are already all over Brick and most likely in your neighborhood. But I'm sure you already knew that because of all the problems they create and how they influence your daily life oh so much.
Typical Obama Voter September 16, 2012 at 12:32 AM
The caption should read...." The tax payers are broke, the town is broke, the county is broke, the state is broke, the federal government is broke. But keep digging the hole so we can get deeper and deeper in debt"......The reason they are all smiling is because they are thinking about how much money their friends and families are making off of these tax payer funded schemes.......
Anthony September 16, 2012 at 02:20 AM
"Tudor Village is being built by Brick-based Homes Now Inc., a nonprofit company, and several partners. The project has received both state and federal grant funding." Stop crying
Tired of the BS September 16, 2012 at 02:34 AM
And many people with physical & mental disabilities already live in Brick & have for many years. What's the point you are trying make?
Daniel Nee September 16, 2012 at 04:52 AM
Alright. This one has gone far enough. Look, I live in Herbertsville. I'm duly acquainted with Maple Leaf and the problems associated with that development ("Section 8," etc.) and the entire situation over there. I see it with my own eyes driving down the road every day. And we've never shied away from reporting on the issues over there and in similar developments in town. If we did, we wouldn't have any credibility. We don't ignore even the most uncomfortable of realities here. That said, Tudor Village in no way, shape or form - in our wildest imaginations - parallels that situation or similar ones whatsoever. It's a rather small community targeted at a very specific demographic, and it's also in an isolated block off Route 70 nobody will ever notice. With that, comments are being closed on this one. Carry on.

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