SEA BRIGHT: POST OFFICE LOT ON THE BLOCK

sb 1030 0cean 110312Sixteen months after it was battered by Hurricane Sandy, the still-vacant building at 1030 Ocean Avenue is for sale. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

The former home of Sea Bright’s post office is up for sale.

The building at 1030 Ocean Avenue, whose tenants included the U.S. Postal Service, is listed at $2.2 million with Stafford Smith Commercial Realty, broker Ray Smith tells redbankgreen.

Vacant since it was badly damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October, 2012, the two-story, 12,000-square-foot building was also home to the River Front Cafe, Island Style Surf Shop and an insurance agency, with apartments on the second floor.

The narrow, half-acre property on which it sits runs to the Shrewsbury River, and was the site of three small residential units that were demolished after the storm.

The Postal Service announced last August that it would not reopen a full-service post office in the borough, and instead would office stamp sales and other limited services through Bain’s Hardware store.

Zoning permits a wide variety of uses, from single-family homes to retail businesses, according to Stafford Smith.

The last market sale of the property was in 2000, when it sold for $445,000, according to Monmouth County records. It’s now owned by Rita and Peter McKeown and Thomas Geraghty, and is assessed at $775,600.