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Reconfigured Rand's Plaza Approved

Back parking lot will be redesigned.

The back parking lot of Rand's Shopping Plaza will be reconfigured with nine fewer parking spaces, thanks to an applicant's request for better safety at a day care center there.

The day care center came before the Toms River Planning Board recently to request permission for a new parking lot design.

The day care is located in the back portion of the plaza, not the part that is adjacent Hooper Avenue.

Attorney Joseph Michelini noted the board had approved a daycare in this exact same building in 2007. Now a new owner was seeking to take over the site after a period of vacancy, and the board was shown plans of what was previously approved and the applicant’s proposal.

The only major change from the prior proposal was the elimination nine parking spaces north of the building, which the applicant’s engineer Richard Butryn said was being proposed for safety reasons are the parking spaces are close to where cars drop off the children.

Butryn said parking in rear of the center is almost never filled to capacity. He also noted since the 2007 application the lot owner installed five spaces on the western portion of the shopping center and 13 spaces near another business in the center so even with the loss of nine spaces the center still has nine more spaces than what the board approved in 2007.

The board unanimously approved the applicant’s request.

. July 14, 2012 at 12:26 PM
Maybe something needs to be done about the way people speed through the back part of that parking lot also.
1stcav July 14, 2012 at 01:29 PM
They had speed bumps installed, Maybe the Child Care Center shouldn't be there at all...it was a busy sight before the center was re-opened. poor planning by the PLANNING board , me thinks. Just because there WAS one (2007 ), doesn't mean there SHOULD be one ( 2012 ) ...TODAY.. People are killed in O.C. on roadways that were ONCE deemed SAFE because of these cell phones and texting while driving..Alot worse in 2012 as in 2007....just saying THINGS have changed and SO should this planning Board...Poor choice in a busy lot for Tot care.....I wouldn't put MY child in THIS situation at ALL.......
CHANGE_TR July 14, 2012 at 01:55 PM
I have to agree...the speed bumps are not going to fix the problem. That's not a good location for a daycare
Laci July 14, 2012 at 03:06 PM
Those speed bumps are still there as I drove over them yesterday. As far as another day care located there, 2 nice sized ones just recently opened up in Toms River. One on 571 and Old Freehold Road by TR North and the other on Church Road.
Martin July 14, 2012 at 06:25 PM
Almost every day care center is on a busy road (note 571, Church Rd. examples above). The back of the strip mall is safer than them. Kids are fenced in. The cops would catch the speeders if they could have radar on private property. Mall owner and store owners should report license plate numbers of speeders. Half of TR cuts through mall lots to avoid traffic on Hooper, 37, etc., thanks to political hacks on the planning board who OKd these dangerous short cuts.
Mr. ? July 15, 2012 at 01:48 AM
Have you ever seen that set up? What a disgrace, that a day care was ever approved there. Would you put your kids in a fenced in area in the middle of a parking lot? No wonder it failed the first time! Removing nine spaces will do nothing. Better to surround that day care with concrete barriers, and maybe then..... But then again, as someone said, so much for approvals by the TR Planning Board.
Mr. ? July 15, 2012 at 01:57 AM
Forgot!... the outside play area should have been situated on the west side of the building in between the back of the sub shop building and the daycare building itself, thereby keeping the children out of any direct forward line of traffic flow. You would think there would be state regulation creating setbacks and buffers between parking and traffic and play areas of at least 20 ,30 feet or more!! Very bad planning
Paul E Taylor Jr July 15, 2012 at 11:06 AM
having a day care center at that shopping center is a disaster waiting to happen. Hooper Ave there is total hell. Just to cut 9 parking spaces for safety is not enough, PERIOD
George July 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM
"The board unanimously approved the applicant’s request." So much for the Planning Board's oversight of a dangerous situation it created!


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