The Long Branch Council has adopted an ordinance bonding $4.3 million that will allow the city to acquire a large plot of land at the corner of South Broadway and Ocean Boulevard.
The land located in the city's Broadway Gateway redevelopment zone and is privately owned and used to be the home of a lumberyard.
Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider said there is a good possibility that if the city finalizes the deal for the property in the next few months, that the land can be leased to an operator and used for summer parking.
Schneider said the city could decide to sell the property in the future or could simply hold on to the land and continue to use it for parking. If the city does not sell the lot, it could be paved and parking meters could be added, he said.
He told the Atlanticville newspaper that there is a possibility that a "parking deck with either retail or office space on the ground floor" could be built there in the future by a developer as those are the initial plans for the site.
The Whitechapel beer garden is located next door to the land and will also include a city-owned 600-space parking lot. A CVS is being constructed across the street from the property.