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PHOTO GALLERY: Sign Of The Times: Bayville's Barren Retail Landscape

The Route 9 commercial corridor in Bayville is studded with empty buildings, long-vacant lots

 

Visitors heading down Route 9 South into Bayville are greeted by a "Welcome to Berkeley Township" sign as they pass the boundary line between Pine Beach and the township.

But the view after the sign isn't pretty. The decaying Beachwood Shopping Center - with its sagging roofs, boarded-up, long-vacant stores and battered parking lot full of weeds - is the next thing they see.

Despite the state Planning Commission's long-sought approval of the township's massive redevelopment plan in early July, the site remains untouched.

Although retail seems to be booming just a few miles down Route 9 in nearby Lacey Township, that is not the case in Berkeley.

The Baywick and Berkeley plazas are the only larger mall-like complexes along the Route 9 corridor in Bayville.

What's your take on the retail situation along Route 9? How do you think it could be improved? Tell us in the comments section below!

MrSaturdayNightSpecial October 09, 2012 at 03:15 AM
I'll just leave this link here from last November... http://berkeley-nj.patch.com/articles/carmen-amato I see no change!
skizma October 09, 2012 at 10:56 AM
uhhhh Route 9 itself is the problem. The road has never been improved to meet the demands of the residents and traffic. It's not big enough to handle the influx of customers. That road stinks to drive on.
Limo Bob October 09, 2012 at 08:22 PM
I said you got that right...sure got that right... Sorry, I couldn't resist...and I agree Mr.
Dennis Schmieder October 09, 2012 at 09:22 PM
Lived in Bayville for 38 years. It seems in the mid-90s the town got onto the slippery slope to disfunction. Retired, left the town, left the county, left the state. and never even looked back over my shoulder. Settled in a town with a historic past as well as a bright future. Get out as soon as you can! D.S. Pawleys Island, South Carolina.
Debbie November 17, 2012 at 05:08 PM
So whats wrong with Shoprite? Not everyone can afford Wegmans, (maybe that's why we live in Bayville/Beachwood and not Monmouth County.) And as for decent restaurants, every time we find a decent one around here it goes out of business. If you drive Rt 9 through Beachwood and Bayville you'll find the one thing we have an abundance of is liquor stores and bars, Thats the sad part. Yes we could benefit from nicer retail stores but instead of putting up more "mini malls" that will go half empty, the currently unoccupied ones should be restored or demolished.

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