SEA BRIGHT: Two of the oldest buildings in the borough will soon be demolished.
The Sea Bright Council adopted a resolution during its April 7 meeting that authorized the receipt of bids for the demolition of the police department and fire department buildings at 1099 East Ocean Ave.
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.
The final design and cost of the municipal complex has not yet been set but the council has agreed on the conceptual design of the building.