With winter firmly entrenched here in South Jersey, it's time to focus on writing articles for this blogsite. As you may have noticed the past two years, we make many additions to this blogsite December through March, but with the warm weather comes other more-pressing responsibilities.
This past year, our thoughts in the warm months turned to many other diversions. First up was The Free Meal Center, Cape May County's first-ever daily soup kitchen. We formed a non-profit organization on January 25, 2010 and took possession of the 4,275 square foot building situated on 2.38 acres on March 15th. We spent the next eight months gutting the interior and improving the grounds and exterior of the building, thanks to the hundreds of dedicated volunteers who pitched in to make it a reality. We received our building permit the day before Thanksgiving and now the renovations can proceed.
We also began the second story addition to our real estate office in Wildwood Crest. The complicated footing is now in place, with a three-foot concrete block foundation above. When the warm weather returns, we'll begin building skyward.
We also began site work on our restaurant/sports bar in Green Bank, West Virginia. We purchased the seven-acre bottom land on July 1st. The beautiful property has 750-foot frontage on Routes 28 & 92 and 1,050 feet along Deer Creek, a 50-foot wide river that takes water from the Allegheny Mountains to the Greenbrier River. The site work is just about done and the riverfront has been transformed into a beautiful setting.
As you can see, we keep ourselves pretty busy. And so, you'll excuse us if we only find the time to relax and write blog posts in the winter. Sit back and enjoy the next four months of opinions and observations on real estate and life in general.