Zoning Board failed Visions residents

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To the editor:

As residents of the failed Visions project in Absecon, we are deeply disappointed in the Zoning Board’s decision not to approve AB Vision’s application to lift the age restriction. Doing so would have been the first step in creating a new beginning for a project that could be a community asset rather than an eyesore.

What was once envisioned as a thriving active adult community has become a nightmare for its handful of homeowners and for the city. With the few number of units completed and occupied, the association cannot afford to maintain or operate the common elements, including the clubhouse, landscaping, lighting, open space and routine maintenance. 

So much has been published over the last several years about the failure of 55-and-over communities, and we are a living example. We live in a development that has no future, and one that is simply not viable. We are unable to sell our homes, finance or refinance our homes, and have suffered emotional stress and severe financial loss with no relief in sight.

AB Visions, which now owns the unfinished portion of our development, has developed a thoughtful plan for Visions that is fair and equitable, would enable the development to start up again and be completed, and would give us an opportunity to move on if we chose to do so.

Since the failure of Visions, the city has proposed nothing. They have put forth no plan and have offered the handful of residents at Visions no relief. We pay our taxes and we are entitled to look to Absecon leadership for a plan to remedy this failed development.

At this point doing nothing is not an option. The city had an opportunity to rectify this.  Instead, the Zoning Board chose to ignore current court decisions, judges’ rulings and documented facts and relied on unfounded speculation rather than taking the necessary and appropriate step to ensure that the project can move forward and be completed.  

Absecon has a responsibility to us and to its taxpayers to acknowledge the failure of this project and act accordingly. On Dec. 18, the Zoning Board failed to live up to that responsibility.

Bern and Barbara Roswell


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