Plans For County Building In Manchester Continue

The Ocean County Administration Building. (Photo by Jennifer Peacock)

MANCHESTER – The consolidation of two county operational buildings into one location in Manchester continues.

The county approved another $6 million for the development and construction of a transportation garage on Ridgeway Boulevard, which will house county buses and their maintenance and repairs. That garage, the Western County Facilities, will share services with the county road department and some IT offsite backup, which is already on that site.

The garage should be operational by spring 2019, County Business Administrator Carl Block said.

The new location consolidates two locations – one in Jackson, and another in North Dover – one of which will be decommissioned (Jackson), and the other which will go out to bid in several weeks and be used for other county operations, such as the fire marshal, Block said.

The county outgrew its road department garage in Jackson, which could not be expanded. The transportation department also outgrew its garage in Toms River on Route 9.

The total cost of the project will be about $12 million, Block said.