David Cronheim Co., owners of Seaview Towers in Long Branch, has finally started demolition, but at this time only the south tower will be razed. The north tower will follow eventually. After receiving an ultimatum from the city, David Cronheim Co. finally got their own demolition company to do the job, after the city threatened to performed the demolition themselves and then would put a lien on the property.
William Marlin, built the towers in 1955. His son Howard Marlin was a former chairman of the Long Branch Planning Board. He said he buried a time capsule in the northeast corner. It is also said that the time capsule is marked by a slab of marble with an S etched on it. (This information was taken from comments on Facebooks and from phone calls from different people.)
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Hopefully the stone will be removed intact, preserved and the capsule opened.
Over the years different police department from New Jersey were using it for training. Army Special Forces also used it for training. They would fly helicopters in from the ocean, land on the roof and make their way into the building to “plant bombs”. Soldiers would make their way back to the roof to take off – mission completed.
Since then the roof on the south tower has caved in making demolition more urgent, which takes us to today with the south tower coming down.