WEST LONG BRANCH: The owners of the Carriage Square Shopping Center are looking to rebuild soon after a fire severely damaged the building last year.
An early November fire started in the roof of one of the stores and caused smoke damage to nearly every store in the shopping center located at 175 Monmouth Road. The center contains store such as Dak Lak Coffee Roasting, Jersey Mikes and Carvel.
Fortunately, the owner is "eager to reopen," according to West Long Branch Zoning Officer James Miller.
"The owner is still working with their insurance adjusters," Miller said this week.
Miller said that process is nearly complete and that the next step is for the owner to finalize his architectural plans for the building.
"They're going to redo some units and modernize it," Miller said.
The owner will not need to receive approval from either the West Long Branch Planning Board or Zoning Board of Adjustment before rebuilding.
Miller said all of the tenants have expressed an interest in returning to the shopping center once it is repaired.
Some of the tenants have temporarily relocated to nearby spaces in West Long Branch such as Arts Embroidery and Anna's Flowers & Gifts.
Miller did not have an exact timeline for when the shopping center will reopen.
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