What Should Go Here?

Oceanport Plaza, the heart of the borough's business district, looks like it needs to be resuscitated.

Oceanport's new Village Center, which will include 35,000 square feet of retail space, is expected to open its doors in 2014 but not 100 yards away sits an existing strip of commercial space that is just begging to be filled.

Oceanport Plaza, built along East Main Street about four decades ago, boasts a number of empty storefronts that at one point held staples for small-town living like an ice cream shop and a video store.

In July, Mayor Michael Mahon told Patch, "We would encourage the owners (of Village Center) to take advantage of activity at the fort and Monmouth Park as the local economy improves and redevelopment opportunities stimulate investment in their property." Our call to Teicher Realty, the company that owns and manages Oceanport Plaza, was not returned.

All this got us wondering, was Oceanport Plaza ever really a viable retail asset for the community? Share your memories of how things used to be and tell us what you think would help revive this downtown staple in the comments section.

Shannon K. Winning September 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
If I had the cash I would be opening up a swank coffee shop. A girl needs her mochas and Red Bank or Monmouth Beach is too far to go for an everyday shot of espresso. Wouldn't something like that be a great anchor for that plaza?
Shannon K. Winning September 26, 2012 at 03:34 AM
I vote for Atlantic Bagel.
Shannon K. Winning September 26, 2012 at 03:35 AM
Yes Gary!
Julie Nagornyi September 26, 2012 at 04:05 PM
For a plaza to be desirable it needs to have an atmosphere. Its not a particular business that would save/draw people but rather a certain ambience. It would be nice if the plaza catered to kids/teens and also had a chill place to relax (coffee shop/lunch etc). Something that served the demographics of Oceanport. (ice cream, pizza, something like surf taco - cheap places that are nice, so people would stop by). Also - it would be nice to have something for the kids - maybe karate, or dance or some other activity place that's in town.
Jack Harris September 26, 2012 at 06:32 PM
Exactly. I had the same thought. I mostly work from home and a real local coffee shop would be a great place to recharge and probably even a quieter place to meet with clients or colleagues then many of the places in Red Bank or Shrewsbury. I'm hoping someone sees an investment possibility in the new plaza.


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