LONG BRANCH: The changes are coming to the Broadway Gateway section of the city with two major redevelopment projects underway.
The framework of a new 13,013 square foot CVS has been erected and the construction of a beer garden has also begun.
The Long Branch Planning Board approved Hartford Realty Group's application to build the CVS on a parcel bordered by Ocean Boulevard, South Broadway, North Broadway and Long Branch Avenue. The lot formerly contained an autobody shop and a used car lot known as Town Auto Sales that were both demolished earlier this summer.
The CVS will have more of a seaport look and was designed to have some of the features included in Pier Village such decorative lighting. It will also feature new shade trees and sidewalks and will be made of a more durable material than the stucco that is usually used at other locations. Stucco does not hold up well in areas next to the ocean because the salt water in the air can damage it.
The former property owners, Fuschia Triangle and Patty Cicalese, agreed to sell the property to First Hartford Realty Group in 2013 after years of litigation between themselves and the city. The city was able to settle the lawsuit and come up with the redevelopment plan to build the CVS on the property.
The CVS should be completed by the middle of 2015 or sooner.
The beer garden, called Whitechapel and located at the corner of Broadway and Second Avenue, will also include a restaurant, brewery, indoor and outdoor art spaces, gardens and event space.
The main entrance of the building will be located in the rear of the property where a new parking lot with over 600 spaces will be built.
Phase 1 of construction will include all the major infrastructure work. Project Principal Preston Casertano said in August the beer garden will be open to the public once phase 1 is completed in about 12-18 months. The entire project is expected to be completed in about 18 months.