OCEANPORT: A large chunk of Fort Monmouth property located in the borough will soon be available through the request for offers to purchase (RFOTP) process.
The land consists of a 28-acre parcel, a chapel, an administrative building and a recreation center located in the Oceanport Reuse Area of the former fort.
The 28-acre parcel, known as the Squier Complex, includes 7 buildings slated for office, research and development or educational use. The county had targeted one of the buildings for demolition so it could be used as a new Monmouth County Shelter, but has since opted to build at an alternate location not located at Fort Monmouth.
The chapel is a 16,372 sq. ft. structure that contains a 600-seat sanctuary, administrative and classroom areas located across the street from the Squier Complex. Originally, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) issued an RFOTP for the chapel in December. However, after one of the proposals received was deemed non-compliant with the sales rules and the other was withdrawn, FMERA decided to include the chapel as part of a larger RFOTP.
The administrative building and recreation center are both targeted for demolition in the Fort Monmouth Reuse Plan so they can be replaced with office or high tech industry uses.
The FMERA Board passed a resolution allowing the land to be made available through the RFOTP process at its Aug. 20 meeting.
The resolution states that FMERA staff has "received specific interest in the Squier Complex for redevelopment purposes for educational use and (the recreation center) for redevelopment purposes and potential reuse as a small entertainment or recreational use catering to the various uses in development near the site.
FMERA should be releasing an RFOTP for the properties in the next month or two.