- Associated Press - Wednesday, January 18, 2017

EATONTOWN, N.J. (AP) - A road that cuts through New Jersey’s now-shuttered Fort Monmouth has been officially reopened after closing to the public more than five years ago.

Monmouth County Freeholder Director Lillian Burry called Tuesday’s reopening of County Route 537 “one giant leap forward” in plans to repurpose 11,000 acres of the Eatontown base’s property.

Fort Monmouth was shut down in 2011 by the Base Realignment and Closure Commission. The roadway, which connects state Route 35 and Oceanport Avenue in Oceanport, closed with it.

The Fort Monmouth Economic Revitalization Authority is developing more than 1,500 housing units at the location along with space for government, retail and commercial use.

Sen. Jennifer Beck, a Monmouth Republican, says 75 percent of the land has been sold, leased or is out to bid.

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