There has been talk recently that there maybe a commercial buyer interested in purchasing the controversial AVAYA site and redeveloping the property into something other than a high density housing project which would consist of 342 units.
In order to deflect residents anger away from the proposed housing project at AVAYA, members of the Township Committee have been floating rumors and innuendo to Lincroft citizens groups like SONIC and the Lincroft Village Green Association about a potential commercial buyer of the property, but they have been mum on details and wont elaborate.
Earlier today I was forwarded an email that I thought would be of interest to some in Lincroft. The email (posted below minus contact information, I can forward if interested) details a plan that would have the Monmouth Girls Academy
purchasing the property and turning it into an all girls school similar to that of Christian Brothers Academy
, which is also located in Lincroft:
You may have heard the facts by now but here is a summary for the proposed school:
- Yes – they ARE serious about this!! The feasibility study is being funded by local parents who seem quite determined to make this happen.
- The school would be accredited by the Middle States Association and Colleges.
- The school will be somewhere in Lincroft – they have already checked out the Avaya property.
- Tuition would be comparable to CBA – currently $13,000. Academics and curriculum would be comparable to CBA.
- Like CBA – the school would NOT be a part of the Diocese of Trenton.
- Target enrollment would be 500-600 girls.
- Target freshman class – Sept 2013 a bit aggressive but they are hopeful:)!
- They currently have a Steering Committee in place with various local Educators and professionals.
- They also have a Founders Committee in place to raise funds if the study has a positive outcome.
- Meitler Consultants hopes to complete the study by October 2011.
- This is the first Phase in the process.
How can you help? Go to the website www.monmouthgirlsacademy.org and register so they can get an idea of just how many parents are truly interested in the school.
Also – please forward to anyone you think would be interested. I did not use any group e-mail lists so as to not abuse the system.
On the surface, I don’t think this is a viable plan. There is just too much involved to make this happen and at a cost that would easily exceed millions of dollars. First off the building is very large and sits on partial wetlands building an active campus for students would seem almost impossible at that site. But stranger things have happened.
We’ll just have to see how it plays out.