TOMS RIVER, NJ – The Toms River Township Council on Wednesday voted in favor of purchasing a 7.14 acre lot on Silverton Road from its owner, Binyamin Bitel, of Brooklyn, NY.
The township council voted to buy the property through sale or to acquire it through eminent domain.
In doing so, the township is intent on preserving the property as open space, preventing it from being developed in the future.
Mayor Maurice Hill has been given the authorization to negotiate a sale with the owner. If that doesn’t work, he has been authorized to seize the land through eminent domain proceedings. The final purchase or seizure would have to be approved by the township council at a later date once negotiations have been completed.
The property is currently listed at $1.1 million.