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Sea Bright Awards Contract For Fire House, Police Department Demolition

SEA BRIGHT: The borough's fire and police department buildings will be demolished soon following the award of a contract to carry out the work.

The Sea Bright Council awarded a contract during its June 3 meeting to Titan Demolition & Salvage, LLC, of Woodbridge, to perform the work.

Titan was one of four bids received by the borough clerk was deemed to be the lowest responsible bidder with a project price of $38,745.

The council originally went out to bid for the work on April 25 and received 9 bids. However, the council decided at its last meeting to reject all bids due to "bid specification discrepancies" and authorized the borough clerk to re-advertise for bids on May 22.

Both structures were heavily damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 and the police and firefighters have been unable to use them since that time. Both departments have been operating out of temporary homes.

The demolition of the structures will clear the way for a new municipal complex that will house the police and fire departments. The 9,100-square-foot complex will be located in the same footprint as the old buildings would be about the size of the old police department and fire house combined.

It would also house the borough's Emergency Management Services and Office of Emergency Management. Other municipal functions could also be housed there, but those decisions have not yet been finalized.

The total cost of the building is estimated to be about $6.7 million, but the borough is hoping FEMA will pay for as much as 90 percent of the cost.

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