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Feb 06, 2020

Colts Neck Municipal Building Getting $12.5 Million Update

By Shanna O'Mara

Rendering of the exterior view of the Colts Neck Municipal Building

The Colts Neck Municipal Building is set to be leveled and replaced with a state-of-the-art structure, Colts Neck officials have announced.

At a Jan. 29 town meeting, Colts Neck’s mayor, deputy mayor, committeemen and other representatives presented the town’s plan to rejuvenate its vital center: the complex located at 124 Cedar Dr. which currently consists of Town Hall, the library, the police station and the first aid squad. The new, two-story structure will house the town’s police department, municipal court and administration.

“After five years of evaluation and planning, the time has come to replace our aging, sub-standard police/municipal court building, parts of which date back to the early 1960s, with a new building that will serve the needs of Colts Neck residents, both now and in the future,” Mayor Frank Rizzuto said.

Committeeman J.P. Bartolomeo agreed at a recent Colts Neck Business Association meeting that the current building is “antiquated” and has suffered damage as a result of flooding and mold.

Design flaws and persistent water infiltration have contributed to structural issues and other problems in the existing building, according to Township Administrator Kathleen Capristo.

Current interior view

The township has announced it will begin soliciting bids for construction this May and is looking to name a contractor by August. Demolition is expected to begin early next fall with construction of the building set to take place between October 2020 and January 2022.

The complex overhaul is budgeted at $12.5 million.

“Based on current financial conditions (i.e., township debt schedule, interest rates, duration of bonds, etc.), and utilizing the $800,000 average accessed value of a home in Colts Neck, the project’s tax impact for a resident living in such an average accessed home is expected to be between $40 to $89 annually (or between $3.34 and $7.42 per month),” the township said in a statement. “If an accessed home value is lower, the tax impact will be lower. If an accessed home value is higher, the tax impact will be higher.”

Rizzuto added, “Today, Colts Neck has the fifth lowest municipal tax rate, out of 53 municipalities, in Monmouth County. As elected officials and as fellow taxpayers and residents of Colts Neck, one of our most important obligations is managing and investing taxpayer dollars wisely. We take this responsibility very seriously, especially as we undertake this important project on behalf of the township. And yet, we have a responsibility to make capital improvements, like this new building, which are absolutely essential for effective and efficient township operations.”

The new, 16,000-square-foot building will feature high-performance windows, vestibules at all entrances, heavily insulated exterior walls and roofs, an improved wastewater treatment system, non-invasive landscaping, high-performance HVAC systems, LED lighting with occupancy sensors and efficient hot water heating.

Rendering of the interior view