TOMS RIVER – A Totowa contractor has obtained a $212,800 contract from Toms River to demolish the remaining buildings on the website of Joey Harrison’s Surf Membership, because the township strikes nearer to buying the Ortley Seaside property.
Two Brothers Contracting Inc. was awarded the contract at a particular township council assembly. A piece of the construction of the previous nightclub, together with about 30 pilings beneath the constructing, nonetheless stay on the positioning.
Mayor Maurice B. “Mo” Hill Jr. mentioned he believes the township will full the acquisition of the Surf Membership property by the tip of December.
He mentioned the worth for the demolition got here again “decrease than we thought,” and that the township has sufficient cash to finish demolition of the construction.
The township is predicted to pay about $8 million to buy the previous nightclub, which is situated on the oceanfront in Ortley, together with two adjoining properties, together with a 100-space parking zone.
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The cash will probably be part of the roughly $8 million that will probably be used to buy the Surf Membership website in Ortley Seaside, and two adjoining properties, together with a parking zone. The state is predicted to pay the massive majority of the associated fee — $6.6 million — which can come from Blue Acres funds utilized by New Jersey to buy land within the flood plain.
Council members agreed in August to make use of $685,000 in open area funds to assist purchase the property.
Earlier this 12 months, Toms River agreed to promote two parcels of land to Ocean County for $1.88 million, to boost the cash vital to finish the acquisition. The township has not but closed on the sale with the county, however Hill mentioned the closing could be very shut.
The lands Toms River is promoting to the county to accumulate the Surf Membership embrace about 82 acres that will probably be added to the 427-acre Cattus Island county park, and about 86 acres adjoining to Ocean County Faculty.
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What — if something — is constructed on the oceanfront land will rely on what’s permitted by the state Division of Environmental Safety. The Surf Membership seaside will function an extension of the township’s public seaside in Ortley Seaside.
The township plans to increase the boardwalk to the Surf Membership property.
The Surf Membership and the adjoining parcels have been valued at $9.44 million by the township earlier than superstorm Sandy struck, based on tax data offered by Lawrence E. Bathgate II, the lawyer representing Joseph Sr. and Dolores Barcellona. The Barcellonas personal the Surf Membership and adjoining properties.
Bathgate famous that beneath the Blue Acre program, the valuation date for purchases is about at Oct. 28, 2012 — the day earlier than Sandy struck the Jersey Shore. Sandy precipitated unprecedented harm in Ortley Seaside, damaging or destroying the massive majority of properties within the small barrier island neighborhood.
The Surf Membership, which Joseph Barcellona Sr. bought in 1973, was destroyed. A neighboring condominium constructing was additionally destroyed. Watch the demolition of the primary a part of the constructing within the video above.
Bathgate mentioned the Barcellonas would obtain $7.3 million for the properties beneath the cope with the township.
The Ortley Seaside Voters and Taxpayers Affiliation has been advocating for the acquisition of the Surf Membership even earlier than Sandy hit the Shore. Final 12 months the group agreed to spend as much as $10,000 to rent a mediator to assist the township and the Barcellonas attain an settlement on the sale.
Flooded however repaired through the December 1992 nor’easter, the surf membership had survived dozens of storms till superstorm Sandy destroyed it.
Jean Mikle covers Toms River and a number of other different Ocean County cities, and has been writing about native authorities and politics on the Jersey Shore for practically 36 years. A finalist for the 2010 Pulitzer Prize in public service, she’s additionally passionate concerning the Shore’s storied music scene. Contact her: @jeanmikle, 732-643-4050, [email protected]
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