ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ - On Friday, March 26, 2010, Mayor Frederick J. Rast III, members of the Governing Body and many Borough employees and residents attended a ground breaking ceremony for the Renovation and New Addition of the Atlantic Highlands Municipal Building. The mayor welcomed everyone including former Mayor Helen Marchetti and former Mayor Peter Donoghue. Architect Eli Goldstein of the Goldstein Partnership, Maplewood, NJ thanked the Governing Body for the opportunity to work with Borough Officials and the residents of Atlantic Highlands on such an important job that will mean some much to the Borough when complete.

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Councilman Jake Hoffmann, Councilman Jack Archibald, Councilman Lou Fligor, Mayor Frederick Rast, Architect Eli Goldstein, General Contractor John Scheidt, Councilman Roy Dellosso, Councilman Bob Sutton, Former Mayor Helen Marchetti, Former Mayor Peter Donoghue

John Scheidt, President of Santorini Construction of Neptune, NJ is the general contractor on the job.  He made a pledge to the Borough that he would produce and construct a building for all to be proud of. He said that he will build and renovate Borough Hall with quality work while keeping the job within budget. Other key figures in this project include Torcon of Middletown, NJ who will be the “eyes and ears” for the Borough as Construction Managers, T&M Associates, Middletown, NJ who is coordinating the IT design and AA Electric of Freehold, NJ who is the IT contractor.

Borough Administrator Adam Hubeny said that the new addition and renovation is long overdue as the current Borough Hall was built in 1969 without much consideration for future expansion. The Borough has grown so much since 1969 and with many new rules and regulation in place, the Borough found itself in a position of having to do something. We are literally bursting at the seams every turn we make.  The project, projected to cost approximately 5.4 to 5.6 million dollars compared to approximately 10 million if built brand new, came in well under estimates in a public bid that saw results in the 4.3 million dollar range. We hope all goes as planned and we can occupy the completed building in mid 2011.