SEA ISLE CITY – Plans for a new municipal building on JFK Boulevard combining City Hall, municipal court, the construction office, police and the volunteer fire department operations will be presented to the public next week.
The proposed project will be the topic of a presentation to the planning board at 7 p.m. on Monday, June 10 and at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, June 11 to city council. Both presentations will be held at the Sea Isle City Public School at 4501 Park Road.
City operations were moved to the school after Hurricane Sandy, which flooded City hall and the Public Safety Building. In a press release, officials said the city had already planned to replace the facilities so it was not worth investing in repairs, especially since they were below required flood elevation standards.
Prior to Hurricane Sandy, the city was in the process of performing an evaluation of public facilities. That evaluation identified several deficiencies within the existing City Hall and Public Safety Building, including space, access, mechanical, electrical and mold issues.
Prior to the storm, the administration recommended capital improvements and/or replacement of these facilities – and planned on advancing the projects in several years.
Following several planning sessions in the fall and winter, city council authorized the administration to proceed with development of designs for a new City Hall to be constructed on the footprint of the existing Public Safety Building. The new municipal building will house all functions previously operated out of City Hall, along with the municipal court, construction office, police department and volunteer fire department.
Garrison Architects of Marlton has developed plans for the facility. The plans are being presented to the public before the development of construction documents.
The city also recently completed a paving project behind the public school.
The work was done by Garden State General Construction of Rio Grande at a cost of $95,000. The contractor built a stone surface lot and paved drive from 45th to 46th streets behind the school.
Officials said a majority of the work is eligible for 75 percent reimbursement from FEMA, as the work was required due to relocation of city operations after Hurricane Sandy.