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Seaside Heights Officials Making Final Push to Find Redeveloper for ‘Steel Structure’

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A partial dismantling of the steel structure on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights, N.J., Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)
A partial dismantling of the steel structure on the Boulevard in Seaside Heights, N.J., Nov. 29, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Nee)

Seaside Heights officials want the so-called “Bane of the Boulevard” – the steel structure, a once-proposed nightclub complex at Hamilton Avenue that has sat barely-built for more than a decade – redeveloped as soon as possible.

Over the course of the next month, officials will make their final push to attract developers to the site, including making a video pitching the town’s attractions, business community and the benefits of investing in the parcel. The complex has been legally declared an Area in Need of Redevelopment, a formal designation that allows a municipal government to either force a property owner to clean up a blighted lot, sell it, or have it condemned and re-sold.

Borough Administrator Christopher Vaz said Wednesday that developers will be able to submit proposals for the property until the end of October. At that point, the proposals will be examined by legal counsel, town hall officials and elected representatives before a vote is taken which will dictate how the town will proceed.

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“We’re expecting a rough cut of the film by the end of the week and we’ve hired the appraiser to do the appraisal of the property,” said Vaz.

Vaz said he does not know if the site’s current owner, Vincent Craparotta, will submit any proposals to redevelop the site on his own.