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Historic Long Branch School Finds A Bidder

LONG BRANCH: One of the oldest buildings owned by the district was put out to auction this week and has found a bidder.

An auction for the Church Street School, a building listed on the National Register of Historic Places, was held on Oct. 8 and a bid was made, according to Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said.

"We are happy to announce a bid was made," Salvatore said. "The board will review the final bid at the (Oct. 15 Long Branch) board meeting."

Salvatore did not reveal who the successful bidder was, how much they will be buying the school for or what they plan to do with it.

The developer would likely have to preserve some portion of the school because of its place on the National Register of Historic Places.

The 16,634 square-foot building is located at 465 Church Street on a 1.45-acre lot.

Previous attempts by the school district to sell the building failed, with zero bidders coming forward during the district's two attempts. The Church Street School, which has been abandoned for a number of years, was built in 1891 and was the home of the North Long Branch School- Primary No. 3.

Salvatore has said the school is in need of major repairs that the district is not looking to make itself, and its sale would be a bump in revenue for the district.

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