Construction has begun on the New Jersey State Police Marine Barracks adjacent to borough’s Waterfront Park off Industrial Avenue. The $1.44 million project, funded by a federal grant from the Department of Homeland Security, was proposed last year through a partnership between the State Police and the borough’s administration.
“The barracks project and new presence of State Police officers will set a new level of heightened safety standards in Carteret and Central New Jersey and will further establish a welcome home for our future marina,” Mayor Daniel Reiman said. “We are thrilled that the New Jersey State Police have seen fit to enter into this partnership with the borough and have chosen our waterfront redevelopment area as the ideal place for their marine barracks facility.”
The building will be on a one-acre site previously used as a trailer storage lot for the former occupants along Carteret’s Arthur Kill waterfront redevelopment area. Once completed, the project will overlook the borough’s planned marina project.
“Partnerships such as this can only lead to better safety, for our residents, businesses and visitors,” Council President and Police Commissioner Joseph “Skippy” Sitarz said.
Construction on the 4,350-square-foot police barracks began in early January and is expected to be completed by this fall. The structure will host the Marine Division of the State Police, which is being relocated from Newark Bay in Essex County.