OCEANPORT: The borough has applied for and received an open space grant to help with the construction of a new municipal complex.
Borough Administrator Ray Poerio announced at the December Oceanport Council meeting that the borough will be receiving a $200,000 grant for the renovation of the senior community center. The center will be one of five buildings that will make up the new municipal complex at Fort Monmouth. The borough does not currently have a senior center and the seniors currently meet at the Blackberry Bay Park pavilion.
Poerio thanked the Monmouth County Board of Chosen Freeholders for granting the borough's request.
"I can't thank Tom Arnone enough," Poerio said. "He has been a champion for Oceanport when it comes to this area and certainly Lillian Burry who is the chair of the open space committee."
The freeholders will be on hand at a future council meeting to present a check to the Oceanport Council.
This is the second grant the borough has received from the board. Earlier this year, Poerio announced that the borough was given a $250,000 grant that will be used toward the acquisition of the municipal complex for the preservation of open space.
The borough will apply for the grant again in 2018 for the development of a park at the complex.