New Beach Haven Borough Hall Open for Business

Mar 14, 2018
Photo by: Jack Reynolds

Beach Haven borough employees had a good reason to wake up with anticipatory feelings on Monday morning, as it was the first day they reported to work in their brand new municipal building, located at the site of the former facility at the corner of Bay and Engleside avenues. The old structure was lost to Superstorm Sandy in 2012, and since that time, the borough has been operating out of the old U.S. Coast Guard station on Pelham Avenue.

“The computers work, so that’s good news,” said Sherry Mason, borough manager/clerk. “We still have to work some of the kinks out, but that’s to be expected on the first day.”

There also will be plenty of ongoing work, as Mason pointed to several large piles of boxes.

“We have a lot of records to sort out,” she said. “But at least we’re in. Now all borough operations will be under one roof.”

Mason said the two-story building offers 16,000 square feet of space. The police department, court clerk and municipal courtroom/council meeting chambers are housed on the first floor. Mason’s office is on the second floor along with all other municipal departments – building/zoning, tax assessor/collector, public works, code enforcement and emergency management. There are also a conference room and lunch room. 

The $7.2 million building was funded mostly through $5 million in federal Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery funds through the state Economic Development Authority. Originally, 25 percent, or $1.25 million, of the loan was forgiven. But last summer, the borough learned that the entire loan would be forgiven. The remaining cost is being financed as a 30-year, low-interest loan.

Ground was broken in October 2016.

“We were originally looking to be in this past fall, but delays are to be expected with a project like this,” said Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis. “We got most of the moving done this past weekend. It really looks great in there. It was well worth the wait.”

The council’s first regular meeting in the new building will be Monday, April 9, at 7 p.m.

“It feels very comfortable,” said B.G. Braun, police records clerk. “We sure have a lot more room.”

— Eric Englund

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