Architect Kevin Settembrino goes over the plans for two new municipal buildings in Sea Bright.
SEA BRIGHT: One of the borough's final steps in its recovery process from Superstorm Sandy is to rebuild what was lost over 4 years ago.
That step is about to be taken once the construction of two new municipal buildings commences. The most recent plans for these buildings, a beachfront pavilion and municipal complex, were unveiled to the public during a town hall-style meeting on Nov. 30 attended by about 50 residents and several borough officials.
Architect Kevin Settembrino went over the plans for both buildings so the public could see them and ask questions in advance of the borough soliciting bids for the projects in the next few months.
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.
The main change from the first design is that there are now more toilets in the interior bathrooms and the outdoor showers planned for the second floor have been removed.
The municipal complex will be located in the footprint of the old Sea Bright Police Department and fire house at the southern end of the municipal parking lot where police trailers are currently housed.
It will serve as meeting and vehicle storage space for the police, fire departments and EMS. Borough functions such as the clerk's office, planning and zoning and tax collection office will also be located in the complex.
The first floor will have seven bays for emergency vehicles including fire apparatus and ambulances. It will also have space for several police and fire functions including a booking room and holding cell. There will be several large bay doors on either side of the building and a parking lot for police vehicles to east.
The second floor will have additional offices, meetings rooms and storage space for the police and fire departments as well as the municipal offices. There will be a small floor above that all have mechanical and storage space.
Timeline For Construction:
Borough officials say they are at the end of a long planning process for the two buildings and are eager to take the next step.
"We're thankful we're at the point we are," Councilman Brian Kelly said. "We're approaching the end of the entire design and planning process."
Settembrino said the borough will go out to bid for the beachfront pavilion in late January and award a bid in late February. Construction will likely begin in the spring of 2017 and be completed in time for the start of the 2018 summer season.
The municipal complex is a little further behind in the planning and design process, so the borough will not likely solicit bids for it before April. A bid is likely to be awarded in May with construction beginning shortly thereafter. The complex will likely be finished by the end of 2018, Settembrino said.
* Word On The Shore requested PDFs of the designs shown off during the town hall meeting and we'll be posting them in a separate article as soon as we receive them.