Long Branch — The Long Branch Board of Education, working through Max Spann Real Estate and Auction Company has a tentative contract on the sale of Historic Church Street School in North Long Branch.
Located at 465 Church Street, the school was built in 1891 and was known as School District No. 85 Primary No. 3. It sits on 1.45 acres and is 16,634 square feet. Long Branch Board of Education has attempted to sell the property several times without any bidders.
Church Street School closed many years ago and was being used as a storage facility by the district. The building was deteriorating and needs a tremendous amount of upkeep. According to Dr. Michael Salvatore, Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education was not in a position to repair that building and was not looking to hold onto closed facilities any longer.
After putting the school out for bid three times without any offers it was decided that they would try going to auction. Two open site visits were held and Max Spann held the auction on Wednesday, October 8, at the South River Municipal Building.
According to Salvatore one offer was accepted for $500,000 and is under contract. No information was given at this time on the buyer or what the plans are for the property located three blocks from the ocean.