Lavallette officials are hopeful the new borough hall building will be open in time for the annual Lavallette Birthday Party, scheduled this year for Dec. 21.
“It is absolutely stunning, and it is starting to take on its character,” Councilwoman Joanne Filippone said of the building during an update at a council meeting held Monday night.
Filippone said the plan – assuming the building is ready – is to have a dedication ceremony that day and hold tours in the afternoon for any residents who want to get an inside look.
“Everything is pretty well completed” now, said Filippone, adding that when residents see the building for the first time, there likely will be no decorations on the walls, though the borough’s Memorabilia Committee has been working hard on about five projects.
“They’re very comprehensive projects that will be very impressive when they’re completed,” Filippone said.
Borough officials have touted not only the state-of-the-art technology that will be present in the new building, but also its resilience and ability to withstand future storms such as Superstorm Sandy. That was reiterated this week by one of the builders behind the project.
“He said, ‘if anything happens on the barrier island, I’m coming here for safety,'” said Council President Anita Zalom.
Filippone gave one more update on the building – the Christmas tree that will stand in front of it. The tree, she said, was picked out Monday afternoon from a farm in Hamilton Township. The tree will be a Colorado Blue Spruce, standing 12 to 15 feet.
“It has a beautiful shape and we will gently decorate it,” said Filippone.