New Beach Haven Borough Hall Opening in Early 2018

Nov 15, 2017

When the New Year begins, Beach Haven will begin relocating employees inside the new municipal building undergoing construction at the site of the old facility lost to Superstorm Sandy in 2012. Since Sandy, the borough has been operating out of the old U.S. Coast Guard station on Pelham Avenue.

At the Nov. 13 borough council meeting, Acting Manager/Borough Clerk Sherry Mason said much interior work was recently completed at the two-story facility, located at the corner of Bay and Engleside avenues.

“We have been having bi-weekly meetings to get progress updates,” said Mason, who noted that most of the insulation and Sheetrock have been installed.

“The second floor received a final coat of paint,” she said. “The exterior columns and the cedar siding is complete. The elevator has been installed. Seventy-five percent of the door frames are up, and 95 percent of the window trim is complete.”

The $7.2 million project is 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.

The borough was looking to have it completed by this fall.

“But when the EDA is involved, projects usually take longer,” said Mayor Nancy Taggart Davis. “With such a big grant, they have to make sure that everything is done correctly. But considering what EDA has done for us, it was worth the wait.”

Anticipating a fall opening, the borough had ordered a cornerstone with the date 2017.

“Now we’re going to have to change it to 2018,” she said.

Councilman Don Kakstis said that Hurricane Harvey actually impacted the project.

“There was a company in Houston that was supplying ceramic tiles,” he said. “They wound up coming three or four weeks later than originally planned.”

Davis said once all employees are settled in, the borough will hold a dedication ceremony.

— Eric Englund

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