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FMERA Says It Has 'Specific Interest' In 4 Oceanport Fort Monmouth Properties

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OCEANPORT: Four Fort Monmouth properties located in the borough will soon be made available to developers.

The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) has passed a resolution which will make the Barker Circle Complex, the Lodging Area, Allison Hall and the Commissary Building available through the request for offers to purchase (RFOTP) process.

All four RFOTPS will be issued at the same time, according to FMERA officials.

The Barker Circle Complex parcel includes a group of five barracks buildings as well as the Main Post Firehouse and Kaplan Hall, which originally served as a movie theater and was later converted into a museum. The barracks are envisioned as 75 housing units in the Fort Monmouth Reuse Plan, while the other two buildings were thought of as future public and civil uses. Oceanport is currently leasing the firehouse as a temporary home for its police department.

The resolution states that FMERA has received "specific interest" in the area for renovation as housing and for "alternate commercial uses."

Allison Hall is a 36,665-square-foot historic building located north of the Main Gate designated for office use in the reuse plan. It is bordered on the south by four buildings which are slated for demolition and replacement by a boutique hotel. The resolution states that the Allison Hall and the surrounding lands be combined into one RFOTP so that it could repurposed for an alternate commercial use.

The Lodging Area consists of eight housing buildings located adjacent to Parker's Creek. Two of the buildings were used by FEMA from 2013-2014 to house families displaced by Sandy. The reuse plan designates three of the buildings as housing and the remainder as a boutique hotel and spa with a waterfront promenade. One of the buildings is pledged to the Affordable Housing Alliance for "supportive housing."

FMERA states that two parties have expressed interest in purchasing the Lodging Area not for housing, but for health, wellness and conference uses and the other for a non-profit use. The resolution states that any development of the property must include the planned waterfront promenade.

The Commissary is a 53,700-square-foot building built in 1998 that was envisioned as a grocery store in the Fort Monmouth Reuse Plan. However, FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman said the authority has not received any interest in the building as a grocery store because of its smaller size and the fact that it does not have frontage on a major thoroughfare.

The resolution states that FMERA has recently received interest from developers to use the building for office/research and development.

The RFOTPs for the four parcels should be issued in the next few months.

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