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Mayor: New Sea Bright Pavilion/Library On Time And Under Budget

SEA BRIGHT: The borough's new beachfront pavilion is being built on time and under budget, according to Mayor Dina Long.

The Sea Bright Council awarded a $3.85 million contact to Kelso Construction Company, Inc., based out of Manasquan, earlier this year.

The borough received 10 bids for the project, but Kelso was deemed to be the lowest responsible bidder. The highest bid of $4.7 million was submitted by McCauley Construction Company, of Long Branch.

Nearly $5 million was bonded in anticipation of the project through a special election held last September. Over 500 people voted in the special election, with over 300 voting for to approve each of the three questions which asked them if they supported the bond ordinances for the construction of the pavilion and a new municipal building.

Long said work on the building is progressing well and that project is shaping up to be cheaper than anticipated. She said the original estimates for the project were around $4.3 million, so the project is under budget by about $450,000.

She said the borough also anticipated less parking revenue than it actually received this past summer. The borough anticipated $125,000 in parking revenue and received over $250,000. Those monies are being placed in the borough's surplus fund and will be used to help pay for the cost of the pavilion and the new municipal complex.

The $3.85 million price tag also includes a $175,000 contingency in the event of any unexpected construction problems.

The project is expected to be completed in May, 2018.

The pavilion will be located at the east part of the municipal parking lot where the main beach entrance is currently situated. It will be built at the sea wall and will have ramps that will take people from the building to the sea wall and down to the beach.

It will have two main floors and a lower level that will be used to enter the main structure and for storage of vehicles and materials. This lower level will also have beach badge sales booths.

The first floor will be built at the height of the sea wall and will have a library, community room and covered porch area. It will also have outdoor bathrooms and showers that can only be accessed from the outside and will be used for beach patrons.

The second floor will have meeting space for municipal meetings, multiple use space that can be used for community or private events and a warming kitchen.

There will also be a small floor above that will be used for storage.

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