From left: Osborn Dunes homeowners association board members John Malone, Joe DeIntinis and Dan Redmond; Matt Walters of Walters; unit owner and original Camp Osborn community member Jack Osborn; Dave Eareckson, Osborn Dunes project engineer; HOA board member Albert Santana; Brick Mayor John Ducey, unit owner Joe Squillaro; Councilwoman Heather deJong and Ed Walters of Walters were on hand Oct. 29 to break ground on the 67-unit Osborn Dunes housing development in Brick Township. — Courtesy: Walters
By Joshua Burd
Walters has broken ground on a project that will bring 67 new homes to Brick Township, helping revitalize a stretch of the town’s barrier island section that was ravaged by Hurricane Sandy.
The firm said the site, located between Mantoloking and Normandy Beach, is formerly home to Camp Osborn’s single-family bungalows that were destroyed by the tidal surge and fire after the October 2012 superstorm. Plans for the new development call for a series of two-story, oceanside duplexes designed to meet federal flood guidelines and elevated above the floodplain, while they’ll be constructed to withstand severe weather and flooding.
In the process, the new Osborn Dunes will double the square footage of usable living space that existed in the pre-Sandy homes, Walters said. The Barnegat-based developer joined local officials on Oct. 29 to mark the groundbreaking and the 10-year anniversary of the storm, noting that it’s working on behalf of the local homeowners association.
The project is the latest Jersey Shore development for Walters, which has built affordable housing communities throughout New Jersey, including age-restricted developments in Barnegat, Toms River, Stafford and Seaside Heights.