New Point Boro Community/Recreation Center: What's Planned

A project to build an additional recreation center in Point Pleasant Boro took shape over the winter. Here are some of key elements of the plan:
  1. Point Boro paid $2.97 million in September for 860 Arnold Avenue, where developer Michael Granite once planned to build 24 townhouses. The property, near the turn into Point Pleasant Beach on Arnold Avenue, sat vacant for years with a builders’ trailer, where according to the borough the real estate market struggled.
  2. The property, formerly Blocks 113-1 and 113-9 were consolidated to form the new property – Block 113-1.01, located at 860 Arnold Avenue.
  3. The new facility would be in addition to the existing recreation center on River Avenue. However, the new site is on a 2.75-acre parcel, nearly 2.5 times the size of the other site.
  4. Point Boro intended to break ground on the property sometime in the spring, at which time the borough will also go out to bid on the construction.
  5. Point Boro could have the site completed and up and running by the end of 2014.
  6. Point Boro has been sending out surveys and gathering feedback.
  7. The current recreation facility is located on River Avenue in the borough and was built in 1955.
Casual Observer April 29, 2014 at 01:58 PM
King William wants his name on the building, and he's reaching into out pockets to make it happen. Funny how we have Democrats and Republicans in this town who bicker about the little things, but when it comes to pissing away millions of taxpayer dollars, all ofa sudden they sing kum-ba-ya. Screwing the taxpayers, somewthing we can all agree on. I didn't hear Sabosik or Depola raise any questions when the Mayor brought this to Council. The mayor told them to jump and those idiots said how high?
Victor April 29, 2014 at 03:58 PM
I truly hope that they don't name this center after him. That would be a real slap in the face to us taxpayers that had to pay for this knowing that it wasn't a necessary buy. Nice but not necessary.
Lifetime Local April 29, 2014 at 06:33 PM
It's amazing to me how some complain about taxes yet CHOOSE to live in Point Pleasant. I would gather those of you have not spent much time in the existing rec center on River Ave or have kids that do either as if you did, you probably would;t be complaining so much about a facility that will serve our children (and adults alike) well. Go move to Lacey, Forked River, or Manahawkin if you want lower taxes.
Peter Hagemeyer April 30, 2014 at 11:39 AM
I'm all for improving the town and it's quality of life for all residents. I think the Boro paid a little too much, but that's water under the bridge-gate. The council needs to create a budget for improving the land and building on it FIRST THING. As soon as the council finds money and budget, they can solicit architect bids. Next the council needs to write up a 10 year recreation plan that covers how to pay for it and operate it. Let me tell you what the new rec-center needs: four walls, a roof, a gym, hangout rooms, car parking, lots of bike parking, energy efficient electricity/ lights/heat, and solar panels on the top. There- planning OVER.


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