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Vacant Downtown Sea Bright Building Still Standing

SEA BRIGHT: The demolition of a long-vacant downtown borough building has been delayed.

Christina Galinos, the owner of 1054 Ocean Ave., the building which currently has a Bubakoo's Burritos on the first floor and apartments on the second floor, came before the Sea Bright Council on May 2 to ask why her neighbor's building has not been demolished.

"I've owned this property for about four years and I've been extremely patient and I've spoken to different people in the community...and I've been told the building is going to be taken down but it just never happens," Galinos said. "It's really very frustrating."

She said her building is being damaged as a result of water runoff from her neighboring property that is affecting her tenants.

Her neighboring property is 1056 Ocean Ave., a building located in downtown Sea Bright that has been vacant before Hurricane Sandy hit the borough.

The borough has been trying to get the owners of the building to demolish the building for several years, but nothing has happened. The property is owned by Jo-Ann and James Adams of 1184 Ocean Ave., according to property records. Jo-Ann Adams is a former mayor of Sea Bright.

Code enforcement recently deemed the building unsafe, so now the borough has the option of hiring a contractor to demolish it. However, that process has hit a snag.

"The Monmouth County Construction Board of Appeals has granted the owner more time and I'm not quite sure of the timeframe on that, but it's certainly very problematic for Ms. Galinos," Borough Administrator Joseph Verruni said at the council meeting.

Adams appealed the order of the borough's construction official to the board and it was granted. There are certain steps the owner must take in order to appease the board, but if she does not, the matter will be taken back before the board.


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