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Plans for Township-Owned Strip Mall Up in the Air

No interest by real estate brokers in the site in latest bidding process

Civic Plaza in Brick (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Civic Plaza in Brick (Photo: Daniel Nee)
Brick officials are open to either leasing or selling a township-owned strip mall on Chambers Bridge Road after learning that no bidders responded to a search for real estate services.

The township council sought bids for professional real estate services on Dec. 10, 2013 and Jan. 24, 2014 for Civic Plaza, but received no responses, according to Business Administrator Scott Pezarras.

Last week, the council voted in favor of allowing Pezarras' office to negotiate directly with real estate agencies, allowable under state law when a bidding process does not draw interest.

Civic Plaza, located east of the township municipal complex off the eastbound lanes of Chambers Bridge, is a strip mall owned by the township. The site has been a subject of debate in township government over the past several years, as to whether or not the site should be sold or leased out to generate recurring revenue.

"I don’t think we can discuss at this time what the solid plan is, because I’m not positive if there is a solid plan on the future of Civic Plaza," Council President Susan Lydecker said at the Feb. 18 council meeting.

Township officials said they would be open to either leasing or selling the property, depending on which option generates interest.

"If we have a licensed real estate service, a broker, and somebody’s interested, we have an avenue to get that rented out or purchased," Lydecker said.

Mayor John Ducey said one of the building's tenants had not paid rent for years but moved out Jan. 31, making way for a leasing opportunity in a prime location in the strip mall, facing the street.

"They finally moved out," said Ducey. "We want to see if that draws a tenant in there which may fill up the rest of the units."

The lack of action at the building drew ire from one resident at the council meeting.

"That’s becoming another Foodtown, period," said George Scott.

In the past, township officials have estimated the building could produce as much as $400,000 per year in revenue, but contracts with real estate brokers with the aim of leasing storefronts at the site have never panned out.

The property was purchased by the township about a decade ago for $960,000. Brick currently owns the site free and clear - there are no mortgages or bonds associated with the site that remain.
NJS455 February 27, 2014 at 12:25 AM
I find this argument irrelevant to this article but I do find it quite funny. In the state of NJ while on a BLS ambulance regardless of your title you can only act as BLS protocol states which does not allow medics,doctors,nurses to do anything that an emt is not allowed to do while on a BLS rig. What I do find relevant is the fact that the paid ems now has an office in this strip mall which is another loss of possible rent from a renter. Why cant they operate from their building or even an office in town hall? I am not a member of either but what I can say is I worked with the volunteers on a particular call who were very professional and outgoing. One volunteer was a medical student while the other was very knowledgable in the medical field and a college student for a different major and these guys were fantastic.
WMS826 February 27, 2014 at 01:11 AM
The building in question is still needed I believe. Maybe the county could use it for a satellite office. The fire districts we pay tax to rent space on Brick Blvd, why are they not in this building for free or reduced rent. If the EMS people need it then let them use it. That is what the building was supposed to do, add office space to the town.
BBW February 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM
NJS455, the posts like some took a turn. Sometimes these posts take a twist and bring out the good and bad.. In this case we got stuck with WMS826 who as he said is just another EMT with a stethoscope. I am not a volunteer but the only reason we really needed a paid EMT is the amount of senior citizens in this town and the need for increased emergency medical transport. We once paid Alert Ambulance to handle day calls but I guess that didn't work out as Alert pulled crews from our area to cover other calls. I think the town got greedy about getting money from medical insurance. Never found how much that paid off for the town. But I didn't know that the Paid squad is taking up space at the Center. Now that is interesting regarding the strip mall that we own. It even creates another bone of contention. By the way, the senior citizens are not to blame, but old age has created increased need for medical care opening up local medical care as a new industry. While NYC is closing hospitals, the areas in NJ and other states with retirement areas are building hospitals and care centers. Maybe the discussion over ambulance needs to be put up on a separate board. But I think that would bring out the worst of the posts like WMS826. By the way WMS826 is not a paramedic, he is just a Basic.
BBW February 27, 2014 at 11:04 AM
NJS455, the posts like some took a turn. Sometimes these posts take a twist and bring out the good and bad.. In this case we got stuck with WMS826 who as he said is just another EMT with a stethoscope. I am not a volunteer but the only reason we really needed a paid EMT is the amount of senior citizens in this town and the need for increased emergency medical transport. We once paid Alert Ambulance to handle day calls but I guess that didn't work out as Alert pulled crews from our area to cover other calls. I think the town got greedy about getting money from medical insurance. Never found how much that paid off for the town. But I didn't know that the Paid squad is taking up space at the Center. Now that is interesting regarding the strip mall that we own. It even creates another bone of contention. By the way, the senior citizens are not to blame, but old age has created increased need for medical care opening up local medical care as a new industry. While NYC is closing hospitals, the areas in NJ and other states with retirement areas are building hospitals and care centers. Maybe the discussion over ambulance needs to be put up on a separate board. But I think that would bring out the worst of the posts like WMS826. By the way WMS826 is not a paramedic, he is just a Basic.

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