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LB School District Accepts Offer to Convert Historic School to Apartments

LONG BRANCH: The city school district has found an interested bidder for one of its non-operational school buildings.

Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said the board of education has received an offer for the old Star of the Sea Lyceum School, on the corner of Chelsea Avenue and Third Avenue.

Salvatore said a walkthrough and inspection of the building must be completed before a contract with the developer can be signed.

The Star of the Sea School previously served as an elementary school for the Star of the Sea Church, until it was closed in 1986 for lack of attendance. The Long Branch Board of Education (BOE) purchased the property in 1994. It was built in 1900 and has many modern amenities including and auditorium and gym.

Salvatore said the developer's intention is to convert the school to apartments. He said the school will not be demolished and that the developer will remediate the interior of the building.

He said any money the district receives from the sale of the building will go to existing projects and will be used for tax relief.

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