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Big Changes Coming to Lakewood Municipal Building Functions

As Lakewood continues growing by leaps and bounds, the Township is taking steps to streamline certain processes for residents and provide additional space for the police department. 

Under current plans, the Inspection and Engineering departments of Lakewood Township will be moved into a new structure at Public Works on America Avenue, with many face-to-face activities that currently take place in the Municipal Building, such as meetings with the clerk, tax assessor, and other activities, being moved to the inspection building.

Kiosks will also be set up that will allow residents to pay taxes, parking tickets, and perform other functions without the need to meet anyone face-to-face.

“The pandemic has taught us that there are a lot of things that can be done without the need to meet someone,” Mayor Ray Coles exclusively told TLS. “This plan allows us to capitalize on that and make performing certain processes easier for Lakewood residents.”

Additionally, some of the functions currently taking place in the basement of the Municipal Building will be moved upstairs, with the downstairs being redone to allow for more locker rooms for the police department, as well as for further expansion plans in the future.

The changes are expected to be finalized sometime in the fall or early winter.

Separately, the Township is searching for an area to place the Community Center, which was recently torn down to allow for the expansion of the Kikar Shabbos shopping center. Mayor Coles said that the building where the Community Center stood was beyond repair and was no longer serving its intended purpose. The original plan was to move the Community Center to the John F. Patrick Park area, but getting the necessary permits to do so would likely take a year or two, at minimum. As such, the Township is seeking alternative sites for the Center.

Mayor Coles also said that the Township hopes to install a small park or basketball courts in the area where the Community Center stood, for the benefit of neighborhood children and families.

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There are 2 Comments to "Big Changes Coming to Lakewood Municipal Building Functions"

  • This is nuts says:

    It has been at lest 5 years thince they decided to tear down the Community Center. The shopping plaza was suppose to pay to rebuild a center some were else. Now that the Center is torn down it is the towns problem? If it would take at lest 3 years to get permits why did they not start 5 years ago?

  • Marc says:

    I thought that the article would tell us that a developer is going to replace the municipal building with two cheaply constructed “ches”s, a “vov” along Lexington avenue, and a rather artistic “lamed”, meandering where the walkways are presently located.