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Believe It or Not, the Army Still Owns Fort Monmouth, Though Not for Long

Redevelopers could reach agreement with the Army this week.

Fort Monmouth redevelopers could leap a major hurdle this week toward making the property a new home for civilian businesses, jobs and tax revenue.

On Wednesday, the board of the (FMERA) will meet for its monthly public meeting where it is scheduled to vote on approval of a (MOA) with the Army, one of the key pieces the state authority needs to move forward with plans for sale and redevelopment of the land.

As it stands now, the 1,100+ acre property sits virtually unoccupied behind the brick, steel and barbed wire fences erected when the site was an operational Army installation. Thoughmore than a month ago, it still owns the property.

FMERA, the local redevelopment authority, has been to create new businesses and jobs to replace those lost when the Army began its exodus. Still, without the MOA it is since it doesn't actually have possession of the property yet.

If the board signs the MOA this week, the next step will be getting the Department of Defense to and redevelopment project.

The meeting will be held at the Tinton Falls Municipal Complex at 7 p.m. The public is invited to attend.

Toby Stark October 19, 2011 at 02:05 PM
Could a DOD sign off take 10+ years??
Shannon K. Winning October 19, 2011 at 02:46 PM
Patch answers a reader question: If the federal govt still owns the property why is suneagles charging nj sales tax? The government has issued a one year, no-cost lease to the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority, a state entity, which has contracted Atlantic Golf to run the place for that period. Atlantic Golf will pay a fee to FMERA based on their revenue there. That money will be used by FMERA to advance redevelopment of the fort and also refund any expenses municipalities might incur from services that might be provided to the golf course. You can read more about that here on Patch -http://patch.com/A-llX4
Joel Stark October 19, 2011 at 05:16 PM
Or more my son!
Sara Breslow October 19, 2011 at 08:01 PM
Beware the environmental contamination that is being swept under the rug. FMERA is largely realtors with a dollar-sign goal. Sunshine laws are evaded by designating "advisors" who are charged with confidentiality so environmental concerns are hidden. The NJDEP member of RAB is not up to speed on the contamination and only understands the process of remediation, not the cover-up. The figures have been controlled by the Army and manipulated. For instance, while several analyses of Wampum Lake's contamination exist that scientifically prove the Fort is the only viable source for the contamination, sampling upstream on Wampum Brook was done in only one site! The Army controls the information and determines what sites are of "significant" contamination. That's like putting the wolf in charge of the hen house. Many of the over 400 contaminated sites have been re-evaluated so they fall below the standard necessary for remediation. What's the life span of "remediation" anyway? The waterways are still being contaminated by the Fort. It will be a sin if FMERA sells this land without the truth surfacing and the local environment and residents protected.
Jessica Lotito October 20, 2011 at 01:03 AM
1,100 acres! Wowzers! Can we turn it into a safari type area? Let some giraffes, buffalo, monkeys in there and then let people pay to drive through it?
Don October 20, 2011 at 01:56 PM
When the developers get there hands on Fort Monmouth it will become a zoo anyway. I sure hope the Mayors from Eatontown, Tinton Falls and Oceanport show some courage and not turn the 1100 acres into massive chaos. There's already enough traffic and congestion in this area.
rosemary sternbach October 20, 2011 at 02:32 PM
protect the citizens in all surrounding towns...this could turn into a unhealthy circus. FMERA has to come forth with a detailed (honest) report.....no games....can we hold them liable???
Gerri Hopkins October 20, 2011 at 04:59 PM
When you sell a house you must disclose any major flaws, such as a roof that needs replacement, etc. I guess the Federal Government does not have to obey this law. It's something like being able to build housing for our military that does not meet state building codes!
Toby Stark October 20, 2011 at 05:06 PM
The military and governement do not need a CO. That can be a problem when private companies purchase buildings. Most of them will be destroyed and built over meeting the specifications of the town.
Gerri Hopkins October 20, 2011 at 05:40 PM
Yes Howard Commons will be knocked down as well as many of the other buildings. The major flaw I was referring (and I didn't make it clear) is the contamination that Sara referred. Can we be left with that mess?
rosemary sternbach October 20, 2011 at 08:50 PM
This is getting scary..the tax payers will be left with the Army's massive mess.
Eatontown Resident March 04, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I'd love to know what kind of chemical was being stored in the white barrels in the wooded area between the fort and Rose Crt. in Eatontown? What was was it? Why was it used? What effects did it leave on the land and water?

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