Wednesday, December 26, 2012
Christmas in fort housing
Displaced by Sandy, some families will be celebrating Christmas this year in a new, temporary home at Fort Monmouth. According to Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon, Friday was move-in day at Fort Monmouth for between 42 and 45 families. "FEMA will not tell us if any local families are included in this temporary housing," he said in an email Thursday. The long term temporary housing is located in the lodge area of the fort in Oceanport and in apartments behind the golf course in Eatontown. On Wednesday an Oceanport resident told Patch that FEMA had contacted her recently to find out her family's interest in relocating to the fort. This resident indicated she would take the opportunity, but has since not heard any news about whether she will get…
Tuesday, December 11, 2012
In a later interview, Rep. Declan O'Scanlon clarified his earlier remarks about the role proximity will play in selecting who gets into Fort Monmouth housing.
(see bolded text for update) State Assemblyman Declan O'Scanlon today clarified a statement that came from the governor's office Monday night, regarding housing for displaced Sandy victims. According to O'Scanlon, the Sandy housing units at Fort Monmouth will all be temporary and will initially total 180 (this includes the 45 currently being prepared for move in on Dec. 20). O'Scanlon told Patch this includes 42 units on Megill Drive in Eatontown and 130 in the lodge area of Oceanport (pictured here), "give or take 10 units." "That might be able to be expanded by another couple of hundred units if the need arises," he said, adding that the expansion would come in the lodge area. All units would only be available for about 18 months. O'…
Wednesday, December 5, 2012
Affordable Housing Alliance: 'We help people make the decision to rebuild, replace or relocate.'
There's a lot of talk post-Sandy about adapting to a new normal. But what does that look like if you are now living in a hotel or on the pull-out at your in-laws? "When I read the papers it seems like the emergency is over," said Donna Blaze, CEO of Eatontown-based Affordable Housing Alliance. But what Blaze and her colleagues see when they visit folks in Sea Bright or Union Beach is a prolonged disaster morphing into a whole new set of problems for people displaced from their homes and jobs and every comfort they once took for granted. This is a critical time in the recovery process, where many in the area have moved on in their minds and the immediate needs seem gone with the debris trucked out to landfills. "Housing is absolutely the …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The governor announced that utilities should be restored to the former military base by the end of this week.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
A lottery system will be used to determine which New Jersey residents displaced by Superstorm Sandy will be able to find temporary shelter at Fort Monmouth, Gov. Chris Christie announced Tuesday. Storm evacuees might be moving into the former military base, which closed last year, as early as next week following the restoration of all utility service by the end of this week, according to NJ.com. According to the article, the fort housing could accommodate between 400 and 600 families.
Officials say the answers are forthcoming.
"How can I apply?" Patch readers have been anxious to know how they can secure a spot in Fort Monmouth's housing for themselves or someone they know displaced by the hurricane. We posed that question to the Lt. Governor's office, the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority and a local mayor. So far there isn't an answer. In an email this morning, Oceanport Mayor Michael Mahon said, "This is a fluid situation and answers haven't been provided yet." Mahon did provide an important detail for those who are out of their home. "I suspect the list will develop from the FEMA applications. Residents need to make sure they have indicated they won't be in the home while repairs are made. That triggers a housing need," he said. "In addition, …
Tuesday, October 23, 2012
Register for limited capacity tour scheduled for Nov. 1
The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority (FMERA) will be giving the public a chance to tour Fort Monmouth and answer questions about its redevelopment plan for the area. The bus tour is scheduled for 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 1, and it will leave from the Visitor Center on Oceanport Avenue. The limited capacity of the buses will only allow 60 community members to take the tour, so FMERA is asking interested residents to act quickly. Residents should express their interest by e-mailing FMERAINFO@njeda.com as soon as possible. Members of the public will be able to reserve a seat on the bus on a first-come, first-serve basis and will receive an e-mail from the FMERA office confirming their attendance.
Friday, October 19, 2012
Designation announced Wednesday by the Secretary of the Interior
Officials from federal, county and local government gathered Thursday at the Marconi Hotel to celebrate the rich history of Camp Evans, the newest addition to the list of National Historic Landmarks. Camp Evans joined the ranks of Mount Vernon, Pearl Harbor and the Apollo Mission Control Center when Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar recognized the former Army camp as a National Historic Landmark on Wednesday. The designation, in the works for more than a year, recognizes the important contribution the camp made to the history of the United States. Officials gathered in a short ceremony Thursday afternoon to mark the occasion. Fred Carl, president of the Camp Evans board of directors and the man chiefly responsible for carrying the Camp…
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
Eatontown officials bristle at redevelopers' move to eventually lease property to county.
Saying it smells like an amendment to the plan for Fort Monmouth, at least two Eatontown officials voiced their disapproval last week of a lease that will likely lead to a new regional location for Monmouth County's Department of Public Works, right here in Eatontown. But according to the county and redevelopers, this change has been well known for years. The board of the Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority moved last week to approve a one year lease, with a six month extension option, for the motor pool property of former Fort Monmouth from the Army, with the intent that it will then lease the property to the county for a new home for its highway division. The motor pool once serviced all of the Army vehicles at Fort Monmouth…