Long Branch: The last remaining building of the Tak Rescue Station 5 in West End in Long Branch was completely flattened by the storm surge that blasted through with Hurricane Sandy. The historic building was to be used as part of a proposed oceanfront development that has been mired in court proceedings that required the preservation of the structures.
Whatever remnants of the building that weren't swept away during Sandy, were scattered about the property and across Ocean Ave. over to Takanassee Lake. Remains such as woodwork, trim and splinters of beams was all that was left to it.
This remaining building had been exposed to the elements and storms and had even been partially destroyed by fire years back. There were several attempts to save the historic rescue station, but failed to get either funding or approvals. One of the 3 remaining buildings was moved earlier this year to a private residential property, and is the only building that was preserved.
The final departure of the historical relic will likely allow for a number of planned town homes to be constructed by the property owners at some point. Those who were trying to save them were worried something like this would eventually take place as there was no protection over the years from anything distructive that Mother Nature tossed at them.