The Seagull Motel in Brigantine has been targeted for condemnation. Brigantine’s last remaining motel sits on some of the most valuable real estate on the Island.
Wikipedia: A property is condemned when a government entity has determined the building is no longer fit to live in. It’s often triggered by a pattern of unsafe housing code violations. No one may live in a condemned building or use it until the owner has proven that the cited problems have been fixed.
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Seagull Motel. The 28-room, ocean front property represents a bygone era of Brigantine that many still miss.
City of Brigantine has started condemnation proceedings against Sea Gull Motel.
At the November 21 Brigantine City Council meeting, the Sea Gull Motel was discussed as unsafe and un-inhabitable.
In need of tear down, upgrade, or some serious, tender loving care, the Seagull Motel opened on 4th of July weekend 1967. Today, the building and land it sits on, was most recently owned by Sally Shierstead; daughter of the original builder & owner.
The Sea Gull Motel was built by Oscar and Sara Schierstead. Construction started soon after the destructive 1962 hurricane. The Schierstead’s group of cottages were destroyed during that storm. The Seagull Motel was officially launched during the Summer of 1967.
- Oscar was born in 1896. Died in May of 1971.
- Sally was born Feb 11, 1939.
The most recent owner, daughter Sally Schierstead, died a few years back. Her property and assets were left to Brigantine businessman and real estate broker, Frank Cossio. Reports suggest Cossio was also named executor of the will.
Sea Gull in Brigantine targeted for condemnation.
Brigantine asked a Superior Court judge for permission to force occupants to vacate the property. The city could soon start issuing fines for violations.
As the elder Schiersteads passed, the Sea Gull Motel was taken over by daughter, Sally Schierstead. Forced to leave her beloved New York City, Sally begrudgingly continued to operate the Sea Gull as a motel.
The Schierstead family also owned a house at 321 28 St. South in Brigantine.
As casinos grew in AC, Brigantine enjoyed an influx of those needing a place to live… close by. Real Estate soared. Developers swarmed. Many locals sold their properties and left the island.
One by one, motels in Brigantine started to sell out, making way for condos and McMansions. The Sea Gull remained true to its beginnings. It remained a motel.
Brigantine became a bedroom community for AC casino workers.
At one time, the 2-story Sea Gull added a third floor. Magnificent views and large rooms. Was never given a certificate of occupancy. Claims suggest proper permitting was never performed. Thus, the spectacular 3rd floor has never been occupied.
The Sea Gull is a built like a tank. A brick building with deep pilings. Sits high and dry during the nastiest storms. In other words, valuable Brigantine beachfront property.
Many are quite interested in getting their hands on the Seagull Motel property. Maybe not the building, but certainly the land.
Sea Gull Motel Brigantine Property
- Land valued at $804,000.
- Improvements are valued at $2,499,000
- Total assessment valued at $3,303,000
- Zoned 4A commercial
- Taxes are $58,000 per year.
Years leading up to Schierstead’s death, an interesting collection of locals were in some way, involved with the Seagull property.
The estranged sister of Sally (Darlene) filed a lawsuit, contesting the will.
The Sea Gull had great promise but required greater upkeep as the years wore on. Sally often felt she was unfairly targeted by Brigantine leadership.
The team at BrigantineNOW noted many non-compliance violations, in our opinion, did have merit. Some were cosmetic, but other much more critical…. like electrical, fire prevention & security violations.
What’s next for the embattled Sea Gull Motel? The current owner Frank Cossio is quiet for now. But litigation continues. Some claiming various rights to the estate.
The Sea Gull Motel currently has tenants and is home to a large group of cats.
On a recent walk past the Seagull property, we received a hairy eyeball from some creepy dude at the front door. He seemed none too happy about my curiosity. We just wanted to know the whereabouts of Sally. We asked where Sally was. ‘She died’ was the short answer. I asked ‘who owns the property now?’ No answer.
The City of Brigantine is moving to condemn the Seagull building and force the tenants out. Vacate the property. How long this will take? Will it be successful? That’s anyone’s guess.
The future of the Sea Gull Motel. Will it ultimately be condemned? Might it be rehabbed and kept as a motel? Could it be bulldozed to make way for million-dollar homes? Will the property go to auction?
At one time, the business entity known as the ‘Seagull Motel’ was turned into a partnership. Sally Shierstead and local Brigantine businessman Ken Schaeffer, teamed-up in 2012. Schaeffer is a Board member of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center and the struggling, Brigantine Chamber of Commerce.
Based on lot size, a developer could possibly turn this land into 4 beach front homes. The land value could be worth 3 million dollars. At one time, the asking price was $7 million.
The Seagull property was assessed for $3,303,200. The land assessed at $804,200. Improvements to the property assessed at $2,499,000.
200-06 E Brigantine Ave costs COSSIO, FRANK $58,301.48 annually in taxes.
Sally Shierstead 321 28th St. SEPT 30 2013