By WILLIAM CLAKS
Tinton Falls officials heard a proposal this week for a $650 million medical facility in the former Meyer Center at the Fort Monmouth site off Corregidor Road.
The Vogel Medical Campus, as it would be called, would be a part of Monmouth Medical Center under Robert Wood Johnson Barnabas Health.
Michael Bruno of Giordano, Halleran and Ciesla said during his introductory comments that this project has been in the works since 2018. The proposal will next go to Planning Board in the coming weeks.
Chris Cirrotti of Langan Engineering said the site is “cleared and ready for redevelopment,” pointing out that the land was “always intensely developed.”
The project calls for four main buildings and parking structures.
Cirrotti said the planned parking structures will limit the amount of surface paving, providing for more green space and limiting water runoff from rainfall.
Eric Carney, the chief executive officer of Monmouth Medical Center in Long Branch, detailed the two phased plan for the medical campus. Phase one, with a planned completion date of 2025, would see the building of an ambulatory care center which will house surgeries, imaging and cancer treatment. Phase two, with a planned completion date of 2029, would feature an acute care facility with 250 beds and an emergency department.
In addition to care, the new facility would continue Monmouth Medical’s educational aspect, providing opportunities for medical students, nurses and other medical technician training.
Carney said that the entire project would produce 1000 new jobs for the area and cost a total of $650 million.
Carney said that the Long Branch facility will continue to operate as an acute care center.