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Former Fort Monmouth Commissary Now For Sale

OCEANPORT: The first of several new pieces of Fort Monmouth property located in the borough has been made available to developers.

The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) has issued a request for offers to purchase (RFOTP) the former Fort Monmouth Commissary in the Oceanport Reuse Area of the fort.

The commissary is a 53,700-square-foot building built in 1998 that was used as a grocery store by the Army when the fort was still open. It is located on a 6-acre parcel of land which also includes a 215-space parking lot.

The building was envisioned as a grocery store in the Fort Monmouth Reuse Plan, but FMERA Executive Director Bruce Steadman has 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 RFOTP states that FMERA is "expanding the redevelopment possibilities for the commissary to include non-retail commercial uses, including but not limited to office, research and development and technology-related uses."

If a developer wishes to build anything other than a retail use, an amendment would need to be made to the Fort Monmouth Reuse Plan.

FMERA does not yet own the property where the commissary is located, but is currently negotiating a Phase 2 Economic Development Conveyance Agreement with the Army. Once that agreement is reached, it would make FMERA the owner of the property and several others in Oceanport and Eatontown. The agreement is expected to be reached at some point this summer.

Responses to the commissary RFOTP are due on Aug. 17, and a developer would likely be selected in the fall or winter.

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