2010-01-27 / Front Page

Millstone takes action after builder fails to make improvements

BY JANE MEGGITT Staff Writer

MILLSTONE — A local builder was found in default at the Jan. 20 Township Committee meeting for not completing work on a development. The default hearing concerned Block 50, lot 24 and 24.01, a subdivision off Millstone Road, previously known as the Bocra subdivision.

There is currently one nearly completed house in the three-lot development, according to Township Engineer Matt Shafai. The second lot contains the foundation of a home. The third lot is for sale. No one representing NJY Builders, the company in question, attended the hearing.

Township Attorney Duane Davison said the developer’s agreement signed Sept. 26, 2006, stated that improvements were to be done within two years. The performance bond issued by First Indemnity of America Insurance Co., Parsippany, on July 21, 2006, insured the improvements for the subdivision, he said. Davison said that two letters were sent certified mail, return receipt requested, both to NJY Builders and First Indemnity.

The second letter was sent because there was an improper caption on the original letter, Davison said. While two signed receipts were received from the insurance company, only the first receipt was returned from NJY Builders, he said. A phone call received from the builder’s attorney indicating the company would like to discuss the situation shows receipt of the letter, he said. Davison said there has been no other contact with the builder.

Shafai said he estimated the total cost of the work needed for completion was $284,307 and mainly consisted of road paving and drainage, as well as some swales that need to be constructed. The current road in the subdivision is gravel, he said.

“Nothing has happened in more than two and a half years, as far as the road is concerned,” he said.

The committee unanimously approved the authorization of the resolution declaring the developer to be in default. Davison said generally the insurance company will have the work completed after a town takes such action. If not, there will be litigation, he said.

NJY Builders, located in the township on Route 537, had emails from its website bounce back and its phone is disconnected. According to its website, the company was established in 2001 in Jackson by Rawlson Ramroop.

According to the website, “NJY Builders specializes in the design, planning and construction of new luxury custom homes in Ocean, Monmouth, and Mercer counties and now in Titusville, Florida. NJY Builders has built homes ranging from 3,800-7,500 square feet. As an experienced regional builder NJY Builders’ goal is to provide the highest standards of quality in the design and construction of new luxury homes.”

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