Friday, December 14, 2012
County says it hopes to open the facility in the spring of 2013.
Dormant now for more than a year, Fort Monmouth's Teen Center and its pool in Tinton Falls will see new life next year under the ownership of Monmouth County. This week the Fort Monmouth Economic Revilatization Authority approved the transfer of the property to the county under a Notice of Interest program, where the Army conveys a property to an entity at no cost, for the good of the public. Coutny Freeholder Lillian Burry, who is a member of the board of FMERA, thanked the board for its approval of the NOI and said the facility will be regional. "We're anxious to have it opened and functioning in late spring," she said. Though the county won't pay for the property directly, it will come with costs. As part of FMERA's developer agreement …
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
In a later interview, Rep. Declan O'Scanlon clarified his earlier remarks about the role proximity will play in selecting who gets into Fort Monmouth housing.
(see bolded text for update) State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon today clarified a statement that came from the governor's office Monday night, regarding housing for displaced Sandy victims. According to O'Scanlon, the Sandy housing units at Fort Monmouth will all be temporary and will initially total 180 (this includes the 45 currently being prepared for move in on Dec. 20). O'Scanlon told Patch this includes 42 units on Megill Drive in Eatontown and 130 in the lodge area of Oceanport (pictured here), "give or take 10 units." "That might be able to be expanded by another couple of hundred units if the need arises," he said, adding that the expansion would come in the lodge area. All units would only be available for about 18 months. O'…
Saturday, October 27, 2012
Register for limited capacity tour scheduled for Nov. 1
The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) will be giving the public a chance to tour Fort Monmouth and answer questions about its redevelopment plan. The bus tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and it will leave from the Visitor Center on Oceanport Avenue. The limited capacity of the buses will only allow 60 community members to take the tour, so FMERA is asking interested residents to act quickly. Residents should express their interest by e-mailing FMERAINFO@njeda.com as soon as possible. Members of the public will be able to reserve a seat on the bus on a first-come, first-serve basis and will receive an e-mail from the FMERA office confirming their attendance.
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Eatontown residents, officials angered over approval to house DPW and 13 of its vehicles
Even as some residents remain angry, county and local officials are holding up a recent negotiation over a former Fort Monmouth property as an example of collaboration verses parochialism. On Wednesday the board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority approved a resolution to lease the former Fort Monmouth motor pool as the new home of the county's department of public works. About a dozen Eatontown residents came to voice their anger over what they see as a quality of life issue in their backyards. Despite the opposition, a resolution to award a lease of the property to the county was approved by all members of the board, except Eatontown Mayor Gerald Tarantolo, who abstained pending environmental concerns raised by …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Local governments, schools and non-profits stand to benefit from a new formula.
Everybody loves a discount, especially in a down real estate market. Locals are keeping a keen eye toward Fort Monmouth and it's wealth of possibilities, not just for business, but for education, government and the non-profit sector. Local officials will have one more chance to influence a formula for acquiring fort properties for public use when they meet next week with the head of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA). At FMERA's annual meeting this week the board attempted to pass a resolution that would change the way properties are transferred to public entities -- like a former child development center that could go to the Tinton Falls school system -- which would ultimately affect how these properties are …
Wednesday, September 12, 2012
The redevelopment authority will move into temporary spaces in Eatontown and Oceanport.
The people in charge of Fort Monmouth's future are moving their offices next week with hopes to be in their permanent main post digs in the new year. The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) will move to two separate temporary offices: one in Eatontown near the Sheraton Hotel and one on Army property located on the east side of Oceanport Avenue near Horseneck Point Road. A statement from the authority regarding the move: FMERA will be moving its marketing and real estate operations to its new office at 15 Christopher Way, Eatontown, beginning on September 20, 2012. The temporary location is fully accessible to members of the public, and FMERA’s telephone number remains the same: (732) 720-6350. The remainder of the …
Thursday, August 30, 2012
Fort redevelopers promise to bring in big employers to the fort. Here's who you need to call if you want your small business to be in on the action.
When Goldman Sachs set up its new headquarters in Battery Park City in 2009, it brought with it 8,000 employees who needed an eye doctor, a dry cleaner and someone to make them a cheeseburger, fries and a shake combo. To keep its employees humming the financial giant created a small town of sorts, surrounding its 43-story building with a mix of retail and service businesses. And since Goldman is in the business of banking and not sandwiches, it fostered the growth of those small businesses by providing the real estate and the customers. In Monmouth County, the people behind the transformation of Fort Monmouth, from military installation into live/work/play community, are banking on a similar phenomenon, albeit on a much smaller scale, …
Friday, August 17, 2012
Former Patterson hospital in Oceanport could get new life while planned housing would be moved.
Oceanport may become home to a new health care facility and "wellness campus," if a former Army hospital is converted. But the change will not come without an alteration to the plan that residents and stakeholders have come to know. The board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) took an official step on Wednesday toward changing its reuse plan to accommodate the reuse of an Army medical clinic once slated for the dumpster. The board wants to amend the 2008 Fort Monmouth Reuse and Redevelopment Plan in order to reuse the 118,000 square foot space instead of planned residential development on the 16-acre parcel. If a resolution to amend the plan is approved by the board, the housing will be relocated to other …
Thursday, July 19, 2012
Economic Revitalization Authority enters lease with Army for office space on fort property
What began as a routine approval of a short term lease agreement with the Army for office space on Fort Monmouth property turned into a protracted discussion of transparency Wednesday night. The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) moved to approve a lease agreement that would turn the former post library into office and meeting space for the local redevelopment authority. But when Eatontown resident Bob English asked about the security plan for public access when the revitalization authority holds its public meetings there, he touched off a hot button issue for many who wonder, as one resident put it, "what is happening behind the curtain." Shrouded in confidential real estate dealings and state government processes …