Published in The Asbury Park Press, Wall – Manasquan Reporter on May 29, 2003
Staff Writer The first piece of Camp Evans officially will be transferred to the township Monday at the Planning Board meeting.
The approximately 17-acre property known as Area B technically is being subdivided from the rest of Camp Evans, a former military complex on 250 acres off Route 18.
Deputy Mayor Edward H. Thomson III, the mayor’s designate to the Planning Board, said the technical subdivision legally will describe the land’s latitude, longitude and overall property line.
The transfer would enable the township to control the property’s upkeep, he said.
Currently, the InfoAge Science/History Learning Center is on the Area B section of land.
In 1999, while cleaning up Camp Evans for conversion to civilian use, the Army found mercury had contaminated parts of the sewer system at the former information-age research center site. The sewers were removed the next year.
However, it then was found the sewers could not be replaced using federal funds dedicated to closing military installations. But Rep. Chris Smith, R-Monmouth, helped convince Pentagon officials that replacing some of the sewers serving the historic buildings would help save the structures, said Fred Carl, InfoAge director.
According to the agreement, Carl said, the Army likely will replace the sewers serving the historic buildings, while InfoAge and Wall likely will replace other sewers.
Thomson said the rest of the land probably would be re-leased to the township once the sewer work is done and other terms are satisfied. He said Area B will be rejoined with the remaining Camp Evans land when the bulk of it is handed over to the township.
The Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Monday in the Municipal Complex at Allaire and Baileys Corner roads.
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