LONG BRANCH: A pier/ferry terminal project is still in the city's plans.
According to a recent public notice, the city is requesting qualifications for the second phase of work on the project.
"This would be for advanced design of the project," Long Branch Business Administrator Howard Woolley said. "We did preliminary design in the first phase but this would be more specific design."
Woolley said the city has funding from the Federal Transit Administration (FTA) to pay for the design work.
The pier would be located at the end of Laird Street and include restaurants, entertainment venues, retail stores, amusements, and a ferry service to Manhattan, officials have said.
The proposed ferry service would connect travelers directly to New York in about 40 minutes. Over the years there have been five pier structures built in Long Branch and the last pier was destroyed by a fire in 1987.
The problem is and has been the estimated price tag of about $100 million to construct the pier/ferry terminal.
However, Woolley said there may be some light at the end of the tunnel and getting the new design work completed could help.
"It would get us closer to be able to seek private or federal funding," Woolley said.
He said the FTA has said it does not have funding to help pay for the project but that there has been interest from private investors.
Sealed bids for the phase 2 design work will be opened on Oct. 28 and contract could be awarded by the end of the year.