LONG BRANCH: An redeveloper finally has been given the OK to move forward with their oceanfront development project in the city.
The Long Branch Planning Board approved a redevelopment agreement with Black Ridge Realty, Inc. during its June 16 meeting.
The development, which was first presented to the public in September, 2015, will include one 6-story building with 40 residential, market-rate units at 345 Ocean Blvd., a vacant lot located between Pavilion and North Bath Avenue.
It will contain a mixture of 1,300 square foot 2-bedroom units and 2,400 square foot 3-bedroom apartments with 81 parking spaces located in an underground parking structure.
Architect Jim Monteforte has said the building will be made from a combination of wood and metallic materials that will make structure look like it is changing colors as one passes by it.
The developer has said once they received approval from the board that it would immediately begin obtaining the necessary permits and complete that process within 6 months. Construction of the project could begin within six months of the permits being issued and construction should last about a year and a half.