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of municipal complex


Added to tonight’s agenda:

Someone OPRAed the RFP:


To house the Borough’s new municipal complex, the Borough will require approximately 20,000 square feet (the “Borough Parcel”) for municipal offices, police station, and the municipal court. In addition the project shall include a 15,000 square feet of indoor recreation area to include basketball and other indoor sports. The Borough Parcel can either be in stand-alone structures or incorporated into a mixed use building and parking garage. An alternate option will be to relocate municipal offices, court, recreation and the police station to a new location. The respondent would be expected to construct the Borough Parcel as part of the development project. The exact location of the Borough Parcel in a manner that will be minimally disruptive to the Borough’s municipal operations, will be the subject of negotiations with the Selected Respondent.

The design of the Mixed Use Development will be in accordance with the Seaport Redevelopment Plan. However, the municipality is open to new design ideas that have an exemplary design aesthetic. The Borough is open to incorporating adjacent parcels that are owned privately to create a larger scale.

The Borough is encouraging development and redevelopment that preserves and protects the character of the original Seaport Redevelopment Plan. The site shall be redeveloped with a combination of recreational, municipal, governmental, parking and public uses. The selected redeveloper will be required to plan, design and ultimately develop this project in conformance with the Borough’s Redevelopment Plan. The Borough will consider alternative sites for the municipal offices, police station, recreation facilities and the municipal court.


I’m so glad I left Belmar. I’m just so tired of fighting.


  1. Oh god. I truly thought the new Walsifer administration was going to make some changes. Apparently not. Same DPW boss, same crooked police chief, same Merri Makers problems, etc, etc. I’m going to vote for Jim Beam just to try something new.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:11 am | Permalink
  2. Anonymous wrote:

    Get ready for the parking deck BS

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:30 am | Permalink
  3. Guest wrote:

    Doherty 2.0, but will only last 1 term. Lairs all of you!

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 11:55 am | Permalink
  4. Anonymous wrote:

    Once again, I will preface this by saying I was an anti-Doherty voice. So where Oh where are all those pro change, pro Walsifer people that were so vocal on this blog about how happy they were to see positive change. Cricket, cricket. You know who you are. Speak up. What say you now?? Same old, same old. Vote Jim Bean please for true change and oversight. Cricket, cricket.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 12:21 pm | Permalink
  5. Anonymous wrote:

    Put it to a referendum vote. Agree with #3. This is Doherty all over again. To the council persons up for election this year, speak up.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 12:29 pm | Permalink
  6. Anonymous wrote:

    Put it where Marina Grill is now or swap with Waterview Pavilion where it once was

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 1:14 pm | Permalink
  7. Anonymous wrote:

    Perhaps the new (unelected BA) is the driving force. Who’s he friends with? Is Ollie Klein’s for sale? Belmar Paint? Doughboys?

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 1:17 pm | Permalink
  8. Anonymous wrote:

    And, it will be FREE. Just like the pavilions and health care and college and so on and so on. FREE???? Nothing in life is FREE. Let’s raise taxes another 11%. No one spoke up the last time.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 2:43 pm | Permalink
  9. Anonymous wrote:

    No need for panic. Unlike the Brandywine deal which was almost jammed down our throats, this administration is going about this in the right way. This is a request for plans, which means multiple developers will have an opportunity to come in with a number of different plans to see if anything fits the Borough needs. Our city hall/police department is falling apart, hopefully a real parking garage is part of this. Let’s give this administration a chance to do things the right way. We do need new retables, we don’t need any more debt. Let’s see what proposals come forward. Let’s not jump to conclusions.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 2:53 pm | Permalink
  10. Deja Poo wrote:

    Fix the roof and the air conditioning. The building ain’t that old, so deal with it. What are they gonna do, sell the old building to pay for the new one? It’s not that simple.
    There are many among us who, occasionally, look around their house and think, Man I’d like a nicer house! But you can’t always get what you want. But if you try sometimes, you get what you need.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:02 pm | Permalink
  11. anonymous wrote:

    #10-Seriously?? The building is old and I have been in there and seen the leaks. Where there is water leaks there is MOLD!!! Why should the employees have to deal with the potential health issues. This is not their house it’s their employment and it’s not that easy these days to just up quit a job and find another one.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
  12. Pesky Pilot wrote:

    #9 I like your level headed tone. Everyone on the blog should take note.
    Unfortunately, if this takes place withing a “PILOT” area, there will be no ratebales, That was what Brian McGovern couldn’t quite understand.
    Contractors and developers do this for the money, not the pride that comes with doing your civic duty. They need to tighten the belt and make due. Fix what’s wrong with the building. If small children and teachers can live without AC, so can the cops and administrative people. Sorry folks.
    Tax payers shouldn’t he held accountable for the irresponsibility of deferred maintenance on the building.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
  13. I'm New Here wrote:

    The agenda they posted on Facebook around 3:00pm does not contain this new resolution. Could just be an oversight, but how hard is it to grab the same agenda that’s used on Get it together, new social media director. What are we paying you for?

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:23 pm | Permalink
  14. OLD MAN wrote:

    #9 No need to panic? These people don’t realize we are broke. Repair not replace. City hall is not falling apart. . Needs fixing …..Let’s jump to conclusions and say these guys are just as bad as the others.
    Vote in Jim Bean.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:29 pm | Permalink
  15. admin wrote:

    Why is this on the Consent Agenda? This is by no definition a “routine” matter.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:46 pm | Permalink
  16. Jim Bean wrote:

    #9 – You say to just wait; things are different. I don’t see it. Debt has gone up, the budget has gone up, taxes have gone up, and now the Mayor wants to give away more of the borough’s property in exchange for a new building and garage. AKA, more people and tourists. The last time we gave something away it was the marina and now we have a huge bar with boat parking. I loved our little marina. Now it’s just another bar in Belmar. The marina can’t fill up the slips and nobody at town hall can figure out why. Taxpayers didn’t benefit one bit from this private public partnership.

    I have no problem with moving forward, I just don’t understand why we can’t solve the current crises (budget, debt, pavilions, 8th ave crossing, quality of life issues, taxes) before giving away more borough property just so we can get a new building. Nothing is free. Something will have to be given that is unseen at this time.

    In every one of these projects the taxpayers lose and politicians with their connected re-developers win. I don’t trust them.

    Please don’t tell me to wait and see #9. I’m not jumping to conclusion when the Mayor is asking for proposals to give away borough property in the name of re-development.

    When will the taxpayers of Belmar see some real relief?

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 3:57 pm | Permalink
  17. Aileen wrote:

    I can’t make it tonight. Please get answers folks and report back. Thank you!

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 4:27 pm | Permalink
  18. nobody important wrote:

    Put a second story on the existing building. More space, New roof, New AC units.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 5:27 pm | Permalink
  19. Anonymous wrote:

    If you get the right deal with a developer, and it is done right, the town pays nothing. It has to be in the best interest of the town. So let’s wait and see what the proposals will be.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm | Permalink
  20. legion wrote:

    A building constructed in 1985 is not old. The present Borough Hall has not been maintained properly. So fix it and save money.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 8:05 pm | Permalink
  21. I believe wrote:

    #19 – ssshhh. Is that you Mayor Doherty? Don’t worry your secret is safe with me. I still believe the pavilions will be free just as I believe your comments now. The right deal is always a win win for everyone.

    Tuesday, August 6, 2019 at 8:52 pm | Permalink
  22. Average Joe wrote:

    #19 That has to be the worst(way below avaerge ) accurate statement so far

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 4:44 am | Permalink
  23. ANONYMOUS wrote:

    Does anyone believe that Mark doesn’t have this already laid out in his head and knows exactly who is going to get what? This is just to perfect. It is written to match an exact proposal he already saw and wants to take.

    They mention this twice

    An alternate option will be to relocate municipal offices, court, recreation and the police station to a new location.


    The Borough will consider alternative sites for the municipal offices, police station, recreation facilities and the municipal court.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 7:25 am | Permalink
  24. ANONYMOUS wrote:

    and this

    The Borough is open to incorporating adjacent parcels that are owned privately to create a larger scale.

    this deal is already done.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 7:31 am | Permalink
  25. eugene creamer wrote:

    it may be interesting to see the level of redeveloper interest without housing … there is No residential use in the RFP.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 8:32 am | Permalink
  26. I'm New Here wrote:

    In the beginning of the council meeting, the Mayor did say, “One of the developers wants to run New York Waterways boats from here for commuters into Manhattan…they’re looking for a parking garage.” So it seems that yes, the council has already been speaking to multiple developers. He went on to say they won’t do anything behind closed doors, but it seems they already started off that way.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:01 am | Permalink
  27. Guest wrote:

    19 – “pay noting” is the nonsense this and the prior administration sells this project on. Yes, the borough gets a new building, but we lose (or sell off) 2 acres of borough owned Real estate. That’s probably 4-6 million gone!

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 11:17 am | Permalink
  28. Guest wrote:

    #26. I hope you are right. I would be all for that plan.

    Wednesday, August 7, 2019 at 8:26 pm | Permalink
  29. Concerned taxpayer wrote:

    Now Merri-makers has a designated parking spot in front of the Taylor Pavilion according to the note posted on their windshield over the weekend!
    When did we give away that revenue ? Will La Dolce Vita get a spot too – or any beach employee ?!?!?
    Stop the hemorrhaging of revenue like this and redevelopment with tax abatements! Many of us live in structures older than the town hall and fix them – not replace them. Stop building and pay off our debts !
    How can we start a referendum to stop this redevelopment bonanza for builders and their connected culprits in Belmar???

    Thursday, August 8, 2019 at 2:17 pm | Permalink
  30. Marina spots wrote:

    #16 – looks to me like the Marina is full. Of Trump supporters. Maybe the town just needs to advertise to more Republicans. Looks like they, and their flags, are taking over the Marina with no problems.

    Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 9:37 pm | Permalink
  31. BIG ONES wrote:

    Marina DEPLORABLES ARE SPEAKING OUT FOR THE QUALITY OF LIFE AT THE MARINA, with the marina grill and 9th ave pier, it’s not pleasant traveling to your boat. Good luck parking.

    Monday, August 12, 2019 at 2:13 pm | Permalink
  32. Mike Seebeck wrote:

    Hey can I get some help from you smart people out blogiverse what is a “FINANCIAL CAPABOROUGH” mentioned several times in our RFP

    Tuesday, August 13, 2019 at 1:50 pm | Permalink

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