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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.

Jim May 05, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Is there room for invasive bamboo? Maybe the UN can figure it out?
Icdedppl 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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