By Ian Lazarus on December 6th, 2010
For years building lots were being built on and single houses were being torn down to build larger singles and townhomes. In the last year or so somewhat newer duplexes and twins are being torn down to make way for even larger stuctures in Sea Isle City and Avalon. New ordinances in Sea Isle City give landowners less restrictions for density if they build commercial/ retail on the first level. New trends and new ways to build a mousetrap are always evolving at the Jersey Shore.
Read on. . . Thanks, Ian
By CAITLIN DINEEN Press of A.C. Staff | Mon December 6, 2010
A smaller house sits next to a larger home under struction at 70th and Landis. Tear downs and rebuilding is the norm on barrier islands like Sea Isle City since there are no more empty lots available for development. Photo: DALE GERHARD
Mayor Leonard Desiderio drove around Sea Isle City on a chilly fall day, pointing out homes and businesses that were slated for demolition - not because anything was wrong with them, but because there is nowhere else to build on the crowded island.
A 2008 ordinance that allows commercial properties to be rebuilt with retail or commercial space on the first floor and condominiums or apartments above has been the driving force behind recent demolition and construction in Sea Isle, Desiderio said.
"Like most barrier islands, whatever is on the land is not really worth that much," Desiderio said.
During the driving tour, Desiderio pointed out older homes that did not fit with the new, more modern character of the city.
While Sea Isle has seen an influx in the amount of buildings being torn down, real estate agents said the concept of buying old to build new ones is nothing new.