EATONTOWN: Fort Monmouth is closer than ever to reopening to public traffic.
The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) adopted a resolution during its July meeting that will convey County Road 537, also known as the Avenue of Memories, to Monmouth County. The Avenue of Memories includes Saltzman Avenue, Sherrill Avenue and Wilson Avenue.
This conveyance remains subject to financing through Monmouth County and FMERA's closing with the Army for the Main Post area which stretches between Eatontown and Oceanport. FMERA is hoping to acquire the land through the Monmouth County Improvement Authority financing for an amount not to exceed $35 million this fall.
FMERA is working to finalize the purchase of the Phase 2 property from the Army in the month of November; the County of Monmouth expects to open the Avenue of Memories, which traverses the Phase 2 property from Route 35 in Eatontown to Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport, soon after FMERA's closing with the Army," said Verginia Pellerin of the New Jersey Economic Development Authority.
Pellerin said the County is working to prepare the road for vehicular use, including re-striping, fencing, and improvements to the street and curbs for safety purposes.
FMERA will work with the county to make sure the former fort buildings along the avenue are patrolled and protected by video surveillance. It is not clear at this time if they county or the local police departments will patrol the road at this time.