OCEANPORT: The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) is trying again to sell a piece of property in the borough.
FMERA has is requesting sealed bids for the Main Post Chapel (Building 500) after being unable to find any qualified purchasers through its usual request for offers to purchase (RFOTP) process. This is FMERA's third attempt to sell the property as RFOTPs were issued in March of 2014 and 2015, but no purchase and sale agreement was ever reached with a potential developer.
The chapel is located on 5 acres of land and includes a 16,732 building which houses a chapel, administrative wing, a classroom wing and a kitchen on Malterer Avenue in the Main Post Area of Fort Monmouth in Oceanport.
The property is in the Oceanport Horseneck Center and the Historic District, although the structure is not considered historic.
The reuse plan calls for the building to be reused as a house of worship. There are only 85 parking spaces at the site currently, so the successful bidder will be required to create 115 additional spaces as 200 are required.
Bids are due to FMERA by Oct. 7 so they can be scored and ranked. FMERA will look to reach a purchase and sale agreement with the top-ranked developer within 15 days after the board approves it. Closing would take place within 90 days of execution of the purchase and sale agreement.