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During a recent meeting of the Keyport Borough Council, officials authorized a closeout change order in a contract that had been awarded to Down to Earth Landscaping Inc. for improvements to Veterans Park and Terry Park. The original contract, authorized in 2018, totaled $485,941.

According to a resolution, the firm completed work on the improvements and based on increases and decreases in quantities of materials that were required to complete the work, the original contract was reduced by $8,676 to a revised amount of $477,265.

And, council members adopted an ordinance appropriating $40,000 for improvements to the Keyport Senior Center. The money will come from the borough’s capital improvement fund.

Finally, council members authorized liquor license renewals. Plenary retail consumption licenses were issued to Keyport Waterfront Liquor, LLC (Old Glory Kitchen & Spirits) and Keyport Liquor License LLC (McDonagh’s Pub). Both licenses became effective on Oct. 1, 2020, and will expire on June 30, 2021, after which the governing body may renew them.

 

Sandra Jackowski of Aberdeen Township, an artist who paints rustic scenes, farm animals and landscapes is currently featured at Windsor Gallery on Route 34 in Colts Neck and at Strodes Mill Art Gallery in West Chester, Pa. Jackowski participates in professional art shows and community events. Her art work has appeared in “Country Living Sampler” magazine.

 

The Township Council in Aberdeen Township has awarded MTB, LLC, of Neptune City, an $87,000 contract to replace the roofs at the Jersey Avenue water plant and at sewage pump station No. 2, also on Jersey Avenue. The action was taken Nov. 5.

Township Manager Bryan Russell said both buildings have leaky roofs and other damage.

Municipal officials said MTB, LLC, was the lowest responsive and responsible bidder. The company will remove asbestos roof materials; remove and replace wood decking, steel decking and concrete decking; and furnish and install a new roof at each building.

 

Pierson Commercial, a New Jersey provider of retail brokerage and advisory services, has been named the exclusive leasing agent of Hazlet Town Center, a 203,912-square-foot regional shopping center in the Route 35 Hazlet-Middletown retail market.

The shopping center is at the intersection of Route 35 and Bethany Road, Hazlet, and is owned by a joint venture between Onyx Equities and Siguler Guff and Co. and has undergone a façade renovation and repositioning associated with new tenant additions since being acquired by the group.

Gregg Medvin, vice president of Pierson Commercial, is spearheading the leasing team.

“The center has strategically positioned itself to attract both those tenants looking to right-size and relocate within the market, while also attracting retailers interested in entering the densely populated and highly trafficked corridor,” Medvin said.

The center’s repositioning efforts and leasing activity recently gained traction with the addition of Aldi and Burlington as new anchor tenants. The center’s growing tenant mix includes Planet Fitness, Bank of America, Quest Diagnostics and Great Clips, with Panera Bread and Wawa coming soon, according to a press release.

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