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Sea Bright Looks To Take Next Step In Municipal Complex Construction

SEA BRIGHT: The construction of the borough's new municipal complex appears to finally be on the horizon.

The Sea Bright Council will hold a special meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 30 to possibly award a bid for the project.

The borough received 14 bids for the work with lowest bid submitted by Hassert Construction for $7.6 million. There are bid alternates which would lower the base bid price by omitting certain features of the complex or changing materials such as going from an aluminum roof to fiberglass shingles.

The borough had anticipated that the cost of the building would not exceed $7.9 million as that was the amount voters approved via a bond ordinance referendum back in 2016.

There is always a chance that the council will choose any of the submitted proposals and put the project out to bid a second time.

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

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