SEA BRIGHT LIBRARY RAZING SPARKS DEBATE

sb library 1 011214On Sunday, a backhoe sat on the slab where the library had stood until it was demolished a day earlier. Below, an architect’s rendering of a proposed combination library and bathing pavilion. (Photo by John T. Ward. Click to enlarge)

By JOHN T. WARD

SB Pavilion & Library westIn 2011, when concept plans for a remodeled Sea Bright municipal parking lot were drawn up, town officials assured residents that the library building had been left off by accident. It’s not going to be torn down, they said.

Last June, when the council approved spending $70,000 to repair damage to the structure caused by Hurricane Sandy seven months earlier, the action was touted on the borough government’s Resource Center website under the headline, “Sea Bright Library to be Rebuilt.”

But last month, the borough council abruptly reversed course, deciding the library had to go. And on Saturday, the building was hastily demolished, blindsiding supporters who were racing to save it and triggering a debate on social media about the significance of the simple frame structure.

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LITTLE SILVER MAKES WAY FOR MORE PARKING

Bulldozers razed a house, seen in the distance below, to make way for a new parking lot.  (Click to enlarge)

By DANIELLE TEPPER

Not everyone likes the solution, but parking at Little Silver’s notoriously crowded borough hall/library complex is about to get easier, town officials said last week.

A borough-owned house at 466 Prospect Avenue, located next to Borough Hall, was demolished last Tuesday to make room for a new parking lot.

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