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New Plans for Civic Plaza

Building no longer for sale after potential buyer fell through

Civic Plaza is no longer for sale.

The township-owned shopping plaza on Chambers Bridge Road, which currently houses the recreation office, was put up for sale in January, but negotiations with a potential buyer fell through, officials said this week.

Now, the decision has been made to retain the strip mall.

"We're going to rent it out at market rate," Councilman Jim Fozman said this week, adding that the township may also look to relocate the senior center there from its current location at the VFW hall on Adamston Road.

Mayor Stephen C. Acropolis said this week, however, that moving the senior center there is "not something we're absolutely going to do," and he may favor renting the entire strip mall out to tenants at market price.

Until the debt service on the building is paid for later this year, Acropolis said, units in the shopping center cannot be rented out since the building was paid for with tax-free bonds. But after it is paid off, the township can rent space to whoever it wants.

"Whatever we do is probably going to happen this year," the mayor said, adding that leasing space in the building could generate up to $400,000 in income each year.

The township currently pays about $40,000 to the VFW for housing its senior center there, which includes a Meals on Wheels program.

If the senior center was moved to Civic Plaza, a commercial kitchen would have to be installed there, said Acropolis. Another option could be relocating the seniors to the Brick PAL building on Drum Point Road, which is already owned by the township and has a working kitchen.

Civic Plaza was purchased by the township about a decade ago for $960,000. Though no exact figures were made public, officials hinted at the time they put the building up for sale that an appraisal indicated it could fetch in the $2 million neighborhood today.

califwino May 04, 2012 at 11:01 AM
Considering the traffic on Chambers Bridge (and probably more once new housing is completed) might think real hard about moving Senior Center there.
Annie Moore May 04, 2012 at 11:33 AM
That's the FIRST thing that came to mind. I agree. Not a great idea to move the Senior Center there.
DragonMom May 04, 2012 at 12:34 PM
We dont need more stores & strip malls thats for sure in Brick. What we need is a save place for young teens & teens to have without being in a orginized sport or club that they can go to socialize dances, watch movies , plan trips etc, A Community Center for the youth is whats needed, alot of services for our Seniors NOT so much for our youth, BUT will complain when the kids get into trouble. What about a indoor water park for locals creating jobs for the teens, NOT having to go to Pt. Plsnt. Or Seaside ( keep buisness in our own town) & will be opened all year round.
Not So Dumb May 04, 2012 at 02:15 PM
Yeah, deprive Veterans from doing service to veterans, who by the way are mostly SENIORS. The VFW has space for meetings, workshops, and events taht could be sponsored by the senior center and the VFW has a full kitchen for necessary usage.
Mr. McMurphy May 04, 2012 at 02:36 PM
Sell it and get out of the real estate business. Renting and developing.
DragonMom May 04, 2012 at 03:18 PM
but dont these things already exsist? Very Proud military family with lots of generations of veterans, NOT trying to take away what is out there, Just thinking of our futher with our young people, they need places to go to keep them out of trouble & keep them busy, maybe involve some volunteer services to our seniors,venterans ( or disabled Young People that could use a peer in their lives) There Just isnt enough services or places for our young people to go. They are the Future, Please think of them.
Joseph Woolston Brick May 04, 2012 at 04:00 PM
Wait until the town can rent out the place, then install new traffic lights at it with red light cameras and turn that place into a gold mine!
Mark Good May 04, 2012 at 04:05 PM
i thought the brick PAL was on donated property there was a sign there for years i think it said for Micheal Milano i think for a park
VBallsMommy May 04, 2012 at 05:05 PM
And the facility at The VFW is pretty nice,,, and BIG.
Jim May 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Is there room for invasive bamboo? Maybe the UN can figure it out?
GT May 06, 2012 at 09:24 AM
Should the township really be in the (Landlord Bussiness? ) Time will tell. If time tells us NO, then back on the market it should go !!!
Mrgrumpass May 07, 2012 at 02:06 PM
I would like to know when the town began boat storage at the plaza. There is a privately own boat and trailer parked at the plaza and I want to know why? And how much we the town are being paid. This is not acceptable.
just a idea May 07, 2012 at 03:22 PM
What about a I Play America?
smart1 May 08, 2012 at 12:31 PM
Like the Idea of a Indoor water park/ I play ammerica with also attacked canoeing when the weather is nice. Will get local people working , bring money into our towm & on rainy summer days can steal away vacations in Point Or seaside. We already have plenty of hotel along Rt 70 will give something for those guest to enjoy & possible even make a weekend trip just for that. Great Idea!!

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