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Oceanport Borough Hall Could Be Demolished Soon

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OCEANPORT: With the move to Fort Monmouth coming closer to fruition, the borough is making preparations to have the old borough hall demolished.

The council unanimously passed a resolution to execute a purchase, sale and redevelopment agreement with FMERA for the purchase of the 13.25-acre property that will become the new municipal complex. The purchase price has not yet been released.

With the agreement in place, Borough Administrator Ray Poerio said one of the borough's next important steps is to demolish and then sell the old borough hall site at the corner of Myrtle Avenue and Monmouth Boulevard. The building was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy and forced the borough to move all the functions that were housed there to other areas including the police department and council chambers.

"I'd like to get the ball rolling on the demolition of the old borough hall," Poerio said. "At the next council meeting I will seek authorization from you to be able to demo that building."

In 2015 Maser Consulting began preparing all the demolition bid documents for the borough so the process could move quickly. Poerio said the 250 boxes inside the building will be removed later this month to make way for the demo.

Irace asked if it would be cheaper to have the purchaser of the building handle the demolition, but Poerio said the borough has already told FEMA that the demolition would be handled before it was sold.

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