Sea Girt library project bumped to 2020 ballot

The project would renovate the current library and ad a two-story addition to the building. FILE PHOTO THE COAST STAR

SEA GIRT — A $3.5 million project to improve the Sea Girt’s library and municipal facilities will have to await the results of public referendum in November of 2020, following a petition drive by residents who objected to parts of the plan.

A petition filed on Aug. 30 by 230 residents challenged bond ordinance 20-201, which had been approved by the borough council on Aug. 14. It appropriated $3.5 million and authorized the issuance of $3,333,333 in bonds for the possible construction of the new complex. 

The ballot question, confirmed during a council meeting on Sept. 25, will ask voters to decide whether to fund the proposed project. 

The petition drive followed a presentation by Eli Goldstein, an engineer for The Goldstein Partnership, during the Aug. 14 meeting laying out a potential site plan for the new project.

Residents opposing the plan raised concerns such as the loss of green space, which is in the borough’s 2018 Master Plan revisions, the addition of a large parking lot, and the sale of borough property in order to partially fund the project. 

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