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What Should Go Here? Old Star of the Sea Lyceum School in Long Branch

Long Branch Board of Education has been trying to sell property

The old Star of the Sea Lyceum School still sits vacant on the northeast corner of Third Avenue and Chelsea Avenue in Long Branch.

Long Branch School District Superintendent Michael Salvatore said the board of education (BOE) has been trying to sell the property for a number of years, but has been unsuccessful.

"We would like to use the sale for revenue for tax relief," Salvatore said.

The building previously served as an elementary school for the Star of the Sea Church, until it was closed in 1986 because of lack of attendance. The Long Branch BOE purchased the property in 1994.

It was built in 1900 but has many modern amenities including an auditorium and gym.

Patch wants to know what our readers think should go here. Get creative and post your answers below.

Beth Woolley February 14, 2013 at 05:13 PM
Chabad of the Shore, right down the street from the Hospital , the train station and Pier Village and they would not need a variance as it is already zoned for a nonprofit religous instituion.
Just a Thought... February 14, 2013 at 06:43 PM
I agree the Chabad of the Shore should go here...it is ZONED for that use and as Beth said hospital, Pier Village and Trains and Parking also.
Peter Koenig February 14, 2013 at 08:27 PM
Anybody know: (1) Why the LB BOE bought the building? (2) How much they - that's we, really - paid for it? (3) Why it has languished for a decade? (4) Whether the BOE ever used it for anything?
Former resident February 14, 2013 at 09:25 PM
An Arts Center?
michael nolan February 15, 2013 at 05:13 AM
They should use it as a half way house.For state and federal prisoners.To make it easier for them to transition back into society.
Jane Pearson February 15, 2013 at 01:04 PM
A school. It should be a school. So sick of these buildings being abandoned and then new schools being built.
Eileen Wolff February 16, 2013 at 01:30 AM
My church, Searchlite Church, 'should go here'!
Chris Colletti February 16, 2013 at 01:40 AM
Yes....Searchlight Church! Could be a great fit!
Linda Wolff February 16, 2013 at 01:52 AM
I think my church Searchlight Church would be amazing here and a blessing for many! I attended this school in 2000/2001 and feel what better thing to replace it than with an awesome church that reaches out to all the people of Long Branch and the surrounding communities!!!! searchlightchurch.com We have an awesome Pastoral team and great children's ministry and we originally started out in a L.B. public school but would love a FOREVER home where we can share GOD'S love!
Angel Maldonado February 16, 2013 at 02:07 AM
Amen!!!! Searchlight should go there
Alicia Bauman February 16, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Searchlight church to reach the community
Linda Wolff February 16, 2013 at 02:59 AM
https://www.facebook.com/searchlightchurch?fref=ts
miguel February 16, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Searchlight church,with a day care and a victory garden outside.....so that members of the church can gather and fellowship as the enjoy gardening and planting crops for our community.........#victoygarden
Janie Accoo February 16, 2013 at 03:09 AM
Searchlight church is doing wonders for the community and is giving a firm foundation for our youngsters to grow and become upright citizens who are not afraid to believe in the Great I Am.The community needs this church. Janie Accoo
Chris Colletti February 16, 2013 at 03:11 AM
Does anyone know the asking price?
kayla brake February 16, 2013 at 03:31 AM
At Searchlight Church we have an amazing youth group! The youth group has brought me closer to god and our youth pastor has helped me along the way. We do a lot of things for the community when it comes to helping people, like during the hurricane our church provided supplies and we also have yearly holiday events, like Easter egg searches, Trunk or Treat and Sunday with Santa! :)
Lauren Wolff February 16, 2013 at 04:12 AM
This location is perfect for 'Searchlight Church'. The church continues to expand and potential members attend every week, so the extra space would be a great addition. With a permanent location Searchlight would prosper even more than they already have. Long Branch would benefit in so many ways if this building was used to permanently house the Searchlight Ministry.
Carl Colletti February 16, 2013 at 04:23 AM
Searchlight Church gives back to the community plenty and should be given an opportunity to purchase this property. It is an investment in the future of Longbranch!
Long Branch resident February 16, 2013 at 05:06 AM
https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=1510675372772&set=vb.121436904554845&type=3&theater
Lindsay February 16, 2013 at 06:37 AM
Yes! I am a teacher in the community and our kids need Searchlight! Our families need Searchlight. Change begins at home and Searchlight is so perfect for strengthening our family core!
Tammy Perkins February 16, 2013 at 01:08 PM
I am a lifelong resident of Long Branch and a member of Searchlight Church. This spot would be a great location for Searchlight to continue to reach out to Long Branch and continue to spread the love within our community.
Krodwolff8 February 16, 2013 at 01:37 PM
I have lived across from that building and could always see it as a church. I recommend search light church as they do so much for the city of Long Branch. They helped my family, friends, and the city as a unit during and after hurricane Sandy. Search light church is doing big and exciting things. A building of that size would only allow them to do even more.
OMAC2009 February 16, 2013 at 02:12 PM
What better way to help the community grow closer together than adding another Church? I believe Searchlight would do a PHENOMENAL job in this location!!! Let's make it happen!!!!!

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