Former school begins new life as office building

FREEHOLD – After it remained vacant and in a state of decay for more than a decade, a historic building that has stood in Freehold Borough since the earliest years of the 20th century has started its new life as an office building.

Representatives of Tona Executive Suites, 54 Hudson St., held an open house on Sept. 9 to celebrate the reopening of the rehabilitated building at Hudson and Bennett streets.

The building’s property is owned by Domenick Tonacchio of Tona Executive Suites, and his children, Danielle and Frankie. An application from the Tonacchios to redevelop the building and use it for offices was approved by the borough’s Planning Board in late 2016.

The building was constructed circa 1909 as Freehold High School. Following the construction of a new high school on Broadway in 1926, the building at Hudson and Bennett streets educated pupils in the elementary and intermediate grades for several decades.

In 1979, the venerable structure became home to the Freehold Borough Police Department and it served as police headquarters until 2003, when the police department moved to new facilities on Jackson Street.

Kenzie Gallagher