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Jay Coffey

Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Borough of Oceanport
315 E. Main Street
Oceanport, NJ 07757

Tel: 732.222.8221
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Mayor's Message

March/April 2019

I joined about 50 Oceanport residents for a bus tour of Fort Monmouth on Saturday, March 16th and I believe that if there are more bus tours of this type more Oceanport residents should take advantage of this unique opportunity to get a first-hand look at what has --- and what hasn’t --- taken place in furtherance of the Fort’s redevelopment since the Fort’s closure. By all accounts, those who participated were pleased with what they saw and heard.

The Fort Monmouth property is comprised of approximately 1100 acres, all of which are within the borders of Oceanport, Tinton Falls, and Eatontown. About 430 acres are located within the Borough of Oceanport. When the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority was created by our state legislators in 2010 (over Oceanport’s objections), FMERA was designated as the entity charged with the duty of redeveloping the entire parcel. Boiled down to its essential elements, the net effect of this legislation was that FMERA became the property owner (subject to numerous restrictions) of what was formerly as Fort Monmouth. FMERA’s development of the property is subject to what is known as the “Fort Monmouth Reuse and Redevelopment Plan” which was drawn up and approved in 2008 by another state- created agency called the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Planning Authority (FMERPA). If you’ve been here a while, you may remember the series of public charettes conducted by FMERPA in Oceanport, Tinton Falls, and Eatontown as this Reuse Plan was being constructed. The final document is mind-numbingly long and data intensive. What is most important to remember about this Reuse Plan, however, is its mandate that 720 residential units have to be built in the Oceanport section and that the State of New Jersey’s affordable housing regulations - requiring that 20% of the units must be affordable housing units - apply to the entirety of the property.

The Oceanport section, also known as the Main Post, includes the “400 District” (which is the right hand side of Oceanport Avenue as you head towards Little Silver), the Marina Parcel (where the restaurant is), Barker’s Circle (the dormitory like buildings across the street from Riverside Avenue which includes the site of our current police station), the Allison Hall Parcel (where the big “golf balls” used to be along Oceanport Avenue), the Lodging Parcel (to the west of Allison Hall and scheduled to be sold by FMERA to Somerset Development for the development of 185 residential living units), East Gate (68 old officers’ quarters units which are being offered for sale right now), Liberty Walk (48 rental units comprised of what was previously non-commissioned officers housing), the Squier Hall parcel (proposed site of a satellite campus of New Jersey City University), the MacCafee Complex (45 acres and a 100,000 sf building which is set to go out for bid shortly as a Green Tech Campus or Research Park), the Nurses’ Quarters (3.75 acres just off of Main Street that is slotted for 24 residential units), the Warehouse District (8 acres for non-residential use), the Post Office District (6 acres for non-residential use) and the Commissary-PX parcel (6 acres for non-residential use).

Several parcels have already been sold and, because they have been sold, they are considered to be part of Oceanport and can be found on our tax rolls. These properties include Russel Hall, Liberty Walk, East Gate, the Oceanport Municipal Complex, Everlasting Life Church, Family Promise and Acute Care. Right now, the Fort Monmouth property is a hodge-podge of County owned property, Army owned property, FMERA owned property and privately-owned property. When it is complete, because of the great number of commercial properties and the large number of residential units within the 430 acres, it will most likely have a different feel and different vibe than the rest of Oceanport. Given the fact that its full development will increase our town’s land mass and housing stock by a third, it is important that Oceanport’s citizens be aware of what is happening on the Fort property. To that end, more of us should be attending planning board, municipal council and FMERA meetings. Change is not always good, but it’s not always bad, either. The more we educate ourselves about these changes, the better prepared we will be to shape them and ensure that our community continues to thrive.

Finally, I would like to apologize to Ryan Chiavo, the second-place award winner in the Borough’s annual calendar contest. Her name was printed incorrectly on the back of our Borough calendar and for that we are sorry. Next year, we will put Buddy Brocklebank in charge of the contest to ensure that a similar mistake is not made.


Honorable Jay Coffey
Mayor, Oceanport Borough, NJ