Ventnor residents told the Planning Board they don’t want another sober living home in their neighborhood.
The current owners of 211 N. Suffolk Ave. in Ventnor Heights want to sell their 3-unit property as a triplex, in this single-family residential zone.
Could the property be sold to the Hansen Foundation? They’re well known for building so-called ‘Recovery Homes’.
The Hansen Foundation could turn the property into a sober living home. Could potentially house between 18-36 people going through various stages of recovery.
The non-profit, Hansen Foundation runs several sober living homes in the Atlantic City and Ventnor areas. They also run Enlightened Cafe in Ventnor.
NOTE: Ole Hansen and Sons owns and operates the Downbeach Express toll road in Margate.
Hansen Foundation: striving to be a national leader in Recovery Housing for those affected by drug addiction.
Real Estate agents and brokers quietly fear that too many ‘sober homes’ will hurt Downbeach and Atlantic City property values. Few agents have openly commented on the issue. QUESTION: Must Real Estate agents disclose sober home locations to interested neighborhood buyers? WATCH VIDEO BELOW >
Watch Atlantic City Residents Question Hansen Recovery Homes.
Neighbors believe the building has always been a triplex. But that’s not enough for the Ventnor Planning & Zoning Board. They need definitive proof. Like an official document. So far, current owners can’t prove their property’s been used as a multi-family residence since before 1947.
Ventnor’s Master Plan recommends a reduction density. That means LESS multi-family, and MORE single family.
The building is three-stories high with three apartments, each with separate utilities and meters. Property currently assessed for $277,100.
Growth of sober living homes along the Jersey Shore. Especially Ventnor & Atlantic City. ‘They are problematic’, says Ventnor Commissioners.
Why are we building recovery homes in the middle of tourism destinations? Shore towns like Ventnor risk becoming a social services magnet like Atlantic City. Half-way housing along the seashore.
Ventnor Commissioners say: ‘there’s nothing we can do to stop it’.
Hansen Foundation always on the look-out for motivated sellers. Distressed sellers. Relatively low cost of acquiring large properties in Ventnor.
Hansen Foundation changing fabric of small neighborhoods in Ventnor and Atlantic City.
The Business of Sober Living Homes. Hansen Foundation and others enjoying substantial taxpayer assistance to develop more homes in both Ventnor and Atlantic City. Is Margate vulnerable too?
State of NJ filed a lawsuit against The Hansen Foundation. They’re not complying with state regulations. NJ State says Hansen Foundation operating sober homes as ‘rooming houses’. Tenants pay a fee to live there. That’s a no-no.
Hansen Foundation operates ‘Serenity House’ in the North Beach neighborhood of Ventnor. Other sober homes can be found on Weymouth, Lafayette, Frankfort and Cornwall Ave. Some are large beach-block single-family homes.
Before selling to Hansen, owners must confirm it was a triplex (3 family units) before 1947. Hansen likely has no interest in converting property into a single family home.