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Kushner Companies Looking To Replace Long Branch Motel With Hotel

LONG BRANCH: A former city motel could soon be demolished to make way for a hotel.

Kushner Companies, which is owned by Jared Kushner, bought the Ocean Court By The Sea Motel, located at 170 Ocean Avenue, for $6 million last year.

Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes said Kushner Companies is planning on building a hotel on the site and that they are currently working on designing it.

The motel is located just south of the location of the upcoming Pier Village Phase 3 development, which is also owned by the Kushner Companies, and will feature new oceanfront condominiums, a 72-room boutique hotel, new dining and shopping options spread out over 42,300 square feet of retail space, a 370-space parking garage and public recreational amenities.

The property is located at the corner of Ocean Avenue and Morris Avenue. It spans eight-tenths of an acre and includes the 9,600-square-foot motel that was built in 1958 and on-site parking.

Kushner is looking to acquire a city-owned right-of-way measuring about 17 feet by 120 feet to the west motel to expand the footprint of the property. Hayes said the city has no use for the property and after a brief discussion during its Dec. 9 meeting, the Long Branch Council agreed that it would be willing to get rid of the property.

Hayes said the neighbor to the west of the motel has said she does not wish to acquire the right-of-way.

City Attorney James Aaron said the city cannot receive any money for vacating the property.

"By statute you either have need for the property and keep it or you decide you have no need for the property and vacate it," Aaron said. "There is no monetary give back by any property owner."

We reached out to Kushner Companies for comment on this story and did not receive a response after multiple attempts.


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