FLEMINGTON, NJ – It may not be the most impressive property in the borough, but one of Flemington’s most iconic properties will be promoted for sale again soon.
What was once called Eric Hineline's Main Street Garage was reborn in 2016 as a beer garden and community gathering place with outdoor dining. It was the creation of Flemington Community Partnership, which called the project the Filling Station. FCP plans to open the Filling Station again for the season on Friday, May 24.
But this may be the last season for the popular gathering spot. That’s because the property is owned by the borough itself, which has long sought to sell it. The state also has an interest in the property after the state Department of Environmental Protection picked up the tab for an environmental cleanup of the site.
Flemington officials’ previous efforts to sell the site weren’t successful; the most recent asking price of nearly $300,000 didn’t attract any buyers. A previous agreement between the borough and a real estate broker to sell the property lapsed, so the borough is again seeking someone to market the property.
Borough Council has issued a request for proposals “to advertise and stimulate interest for the property by finding prospective buyers.” The deadline for submitting a proposal is April 11.
The property includes a 1,200-square-foot building – which officials acknowledge is in very poor condition – on a .38-acre lot. Tax records show the property is assessed at $278,000.