February 04, 2022
Township and BOE to conduct feasibility study for indoor leisure center in Port Monmouth
The Middletown Township Committee and School Board recently announced that they have retained Pinnacle Indoor Sports (Pinnacle) to conduct a study to determine the feasibility of repurposing the Port Monmouth school property to to create an indoor sports and recreation center for the community. Pinnacle, based in Louisville Kentucky, has conducted similar studies in 41 states and has a team with more than 60 years of combined experience in the field.
“In 2019, the school in Port Monmouth was closed and has been vacant for two years,” said Frank Capone, chairman of the Middletown Township Board of Education. “We are proud to partner with the township to work towards creating a much-needed indoor sports and recreation complex for residents of Middletown, rather than selling the property to the highest bidder, where it may end up being overdeveloped.
Port Monmouth School opened in 1928 and is located on approximately three acres of land on State Highway 36. It is a 25,750 square foot building with two full stories and a partial basement. . “Ideally we would like to be able to retain some aspects of Port Monmouth school history in this project,” Mayor Tony Perry said. “Our intention is to seek feedback from our residents, local sports organizations, leagues and clubs to ensure that we are using this property to best serve the needs of the community.”
Pinnacle was selected to conduct the study through a competitive bidding process due to its expertise in recreational sports research and market assessment. The company recently completed several large indoor sports centers in the Northeast: Schafer Sports Center, a 38,000 square foot facility located in Ewing Township, NJ, XL Sports, a 78,000 square foot sports center in Hatfield , PA, and House of Sports, a 120,000 square foot facility. square footage indoor sports complex – the largest complex in the New York metro area that was redeveloped from an existing manufacturing company.
For this project, the feasibility and market analysis will include in-person, telephone and/or virtual interviews with multiple stakeholders starting this month. Pinnacle will also provide a detailed report on the growth and popularity of various sports, both nationally and within Middletown, as well as unmet sports-related needs and demands in the community. For example, an online gaming component is going to be considered as it continues to embed itself into popular culture.
Pinnacle will also investigate opportunities for ancillary use which could include non-traditional sporting activities such as summer camps, partnerships with other area recreation organizations and individual youth programs to help determine how the facility would be developed and operated. “The goal is to develop a facility that can be financially self-sufficient,” Mayor Perry said.
After completion of the stakeholder interview and research phase, Pinnacle will submit a summary report to the township and school board. The report will also include a financial model and an economic impact analysis. If determined to be financially feasible, the project would then proceed to the design consultation phase.