RFP could breathe new life into postponed project

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BELMAR — A developer who unsuccessfully proposed in 2018 to redevelop the municipal complex and build a parking garage with residential units might come back for a second bite at the apple, according to Mayor Mark Walsifer.

Brandywine Financial, of Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania, had proposed creating a new municipal building at the corner of 7th Avenue and River Road, a new parking deck at the corner of 6th Avenue and River Road and a mixed-use building at the corner of 6th Avenue and Main Street.

The new municipal building they had proposed would have been three-stories tall and housed the borough’s police headquarters, administrative offices and gymnasium. A five-story, parking lot with 500 parking stalls was also proposed.

“There are a few of them that came in, Brandywine who was here last year they are still wondering what we are going to do with that project,” the mayor said.

Mayor Walsifer, a councilman at the time, was the lone vote against the proposal, citing concerns about the size of the project. The project was later postponed in May of 2018.

Brandywine Financial did not respond to requests for comment. 

The current municipal complex building was constructed in the 1950s and renovated in 1984.

According to the request for proposals [RFP], which was passed unanimously at the borough council’s Aug. 6 meeting, “the borough has long had problems with an old, antiquated municipal complex that no longer meets the needs of its residents. The building is energy inefficient and requires a great deal of maintenance.”

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