A New Jersey township has purchased a local motel that police described as a "public nuisance" — a public nuisance that generated more than 750 incident reports, many of them serious offenses, over a two-year period.
Toms River officials say they expect to knock down the Red Carpet Inn and use the site as a parking lot. The Asbury Park Press reports township officials plan to build a flood control berm at the property in the future.
Earlier this year, the Township Council agreed to bond $4.8 million to acquire the property and tear it down. The motel is vacant, and the township will now work to complete ongoing environmental reviews of the property before hiring a contractor to demolish the structure.