Why So Many Demolitions?

This is a question asked often by long time property owners.

There are several answers:

1) The owner of an existing modest home wants to expand, but encounters the reality of new flood elevation regulations and construction codes.

2) A builder/developer purchases an older home in a prime location and pays a premium for the land.  The architect designs a home to take advantage of views and permitted square footage.

3) The current structure is a non-confirming use- for example a duplex in a residential zone.  In order for the property owner to make any size changes (referred to as cubic content in the zoning laws), the building must convert to current zoning.  The owners have to weigh the costs of a substantial remodel (typically including lifting the structure to meet elevation codes) versus building new.



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  1. Sylvia Maconaghy
    Posted February 9, 2017 at 11:20 am | Permalink

    I just learned that the Chateau in SH has been purchased with plans for demolition. It breaks my heart that this grand old lady will no longer be there. I’m sure there is a reason it is slated for demolition but I’ll miss seeing her on our walks down to the beach.

  2. Posted February 9, 2017 at 11:46 am | Permalink

    I was surprised by the news as well. It could be because of the ground floor living space- which does not meet the strict flood elevation codes. If a property is non-conforming, the Borough will require the structure to be brought up to code if major renovations are planned. Often forces an owner to build new rather than work with the existing home. Will likewise be sad to see it go!

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