The meeting will take place at 7 p.m. at 2233 Bridge Ave. All residents, as well as those interested in becoming a committee member for the new center at 860 Arnold Ave., are welcome to attend this meeting.
Some residents say they plan to attend to talk about how the current recreation center needs improvement - and how they hope the new project is an upgrade.
Plans for the center were to take shape over the winter, as the Boro Council promised to survey residents and stakeholders about what the building should offer and look like.
The borough paid $2.97 million in September for 860 Arnold Ave., where developer Michael Granite once planned to build 24 townhouses. The property, near the turn into Point Pleasant Beach on Arnold Avenue, sat vacant for years with a builders’ trailer where, according to officials, the real estate market struggled.
After more than two years of planning, Point Boro bought the site. The property, formerly Blocks 113-1 and 113-9 were consolidated to form the new property – Block 113-1.01, located at 860 Arnold Avenue.
The new facility would be in addition to the existing recreation center on River Avenue. However, the new site is on a 2.75-acre parcel, nearly 2.5 times the size of the other site.
“This is the opportunity of a lifetime,” Point Pleasant Mayor William Schroeder said recently. “Now, I want to assemble a committee of residents and recreation department staff to plan.”
He said last fall the boro intends to break ground on the property sometime in the spring of 2014, at which time the borough will also go out to bid on the construction.
“If all goes well,” Schroeder said, “We could have the site completed and up and running by the end of 2014.”
The current recreation facility is located on River Avenue in the borough and was built in 1955.
“Expanding the recreation department beyond the 1950 standard has been a goal of mine for years,” the mayor said. “Having grown up in Point Pleasant, I’ve always seen the need to upgrade the facility.”
“We are planning on making plans,” Leitner said. “Everyone should have as much input as possible. It’s the community’s (recreation center).”