OCEANPORT: Seven buildings on the borough's side of the former Fort Monmouth are now available to interested bidders.
The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) has issued a request for offers to purchase (RFOTP) Barker Circle, a 19.5-acre parcel located just off Oceanport Avenue in the Main Post.
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 RFOTP states that FMERA will also accept proposals for the five buildings that also envision their reuse for "office/research and development, institutional and/or health care related uses." It will also accept proposals for the firehouse and Kaplan Hall for commercial, retail or office/research and development uses.
"Bidders may also propose a museum or arts center use in Kaplan Hall, as originally called for in the Reuse Plan," the RFOTP states.
The property is located in the fort's National Register Historic District and the buildings are considered historic and subject to preservation guidelines.
FMERA will only accept proposals of up to 75 housing units for Barker Circle in "any or all of the five main buildings."
A 2015 resolution passed by FMERA allowing the RFOTP for the property to be issued stated that the authority has received "specific interest" in the area for renovation as housing and for "alternate commercial uses."
Bids for the property are due to FMERA by June 2 and will then reviewed and scored. The highest-scoring bidder will then enter into negotiations with FMERA to enter into a purchase and sale and redevelopment agreement either later this year or early 2018.