Belmar planning board heard a presentation from Chefs International that would replace the existing
marina building with a new one at the Sept. 4 council meeting.
Chefs International, based in Point Pleasant Beach, is the company that operates the 9th Ave Pier and mini golf
course, both located at the marina.
The planning board will now form an ad-hoc committee to oversee changes to the building’s aesthetics, which many board members were largely unimpressed with, in order to reach a compromise with the developers.
This is not the first time Belmar residents have been unimpressed with a design from Architect Greg Sonnenfeld, of Sonnenfeld & Trocchia Architects, in Holmdel. The Sonnenfeld firm also drew the plans for the controversial 5th ave beach 2 story pavilion, the 8th ave ocean front mini golf and changing rooms, and the 10th ave police,first aide and lifeguard building. All 3 designs were not approved, and have not been built.The Belmar beach front continues to have temporary trailers for the beach front since Super storm Sandy.
The building drawing seemed very nice from the sides that face the water, but the rear of the building or back of the house that would face motorist on route 35 or those coming over the expansive Belmar Shark river bridge would see a much less impressive backside view according to the plans shown by Sonnenfeld & Trocchia Architects, Holmdel NJ.
Some very nice photos of the buildings plans and overall view over looking the Shark River can be seen here.
You can read more about it here http://starnewsgroup.com/weekly/2015/01.15.15/major_marina_01.15.15_60631.html
The entire video proceeding of the planning board meeting can be viewed here
Our Belmar marina is beautiful and any bar restaurant being added to the marina should look equally beautiful from all vantage points, not just from the revenue generating marina view