At the Dec. 12, Ventnor Commission Meeting, officials hosted a public hearing over the semi-secretive purchase of 6510-12 Ventnor Ave.
The mixed-use, business district building was gutted by fire this past July 2019. The charred remains quickly hauled away. Exact cause of fire not yet shared with public.
At issue: an ‘anonymous’ buyer wants to acquire that now vacant sliver of land. Interested buyer placing multiple calls to property owner / Margate Real Estate broker, DJ Gluck.
Ventnor Commissioner Lance Landgraf says proposed use by potential new owners would ‘most definitely not be in best interest of the city.’ Would probably be tax exempt too, according to Ventnor City Solicitor.
That’s why we gotta buy it. Like right now. WTF?
Will City of Ventnor need to buy up any property that might be of interest to this ‘anonymous’ buyer and their unwelcome operation?
During the Dec. 12 City meeting, Commissioner Landgraf admitted: we (as the city) don’t support the use a potential buyer might place there.
Landgraf would not share who the anonymous buyer is, and what type of operation they would likely run in that spot.
Ventnor Ordinance 2019-22 was adopted on Dec 12, 2019.
Ventnor taxpayers will be forced to pay for buying that land, and will forgo tax ratables. Deal will take property off the tax roles. Approx $10,000 per year.
Landgraf not big fan of online chatter about this deal. Can’t blame him. Must be tough to lose control of the local narrative.
During public comment, one particular resident asked if Ventnor officials (Landgraf Kriebel and Holtzman) have any financial interest in the current owner of that property.
For his day job, Landgraf is Zoning Czar at the infamous CRDA, Casino Reinvestment Development Authority in Atlantic City.
Ventnor Commissioner Landgraf channeling Nancy Pelosi: when sale is complete, more info will be shared.
A miniature park in that dark space would be partially hidden from police view. Fears that it could it become a ‘needle’ park.
Landgraf: proposed use by new owners would ‘most definitely not be in best interest of city.’
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SUMMARY: The pending purchase by Ventnor of 6510-12 Ventnor Ave to create a pocket park…. looks like a smoke screen to us. A defensive deal to keep parcel away from a particular, potential buyer who wants to build something… the city DOESN’T want.
Would owner Gluck do dis-service to Ventnor by selling property to buyer that Ventnor doesn’t want?
Should Gluck hold onto land until suitable buyer comes along? Why force Ventnor to buy something that will likely just sit there for years to come?
Will this particular, anonymous buyer ever consider buying properties in Margate? We doubt it.
What do YOU think? Leave a comment below. Local officials are watching…