LONG BRANCH: Construction of Pier Village Phase 3 and the missing piece of the city's new boardwalk will begin in early 2018.
Long Branch Business Administrator said residents will "see a lot of action" in the next couple of weeks at the site, which is located between Morris Avenue and Melrose Terrace.
Hayes said the city had a pre-construction meeting with the developers, Kushner Companies and Extell Development, in mid-December and discussed some of the associated closures that will take place as a result of the upcoming site work.
"We expect to shut that road down between Morris and Melrose on Jan. 2 so we've begun our notification process to some of the local residents that will be impacted, we've put some signboards down there and we're beginning the closing plan," Hayes said.
He said the work will affect pedestrians who enjoy walking the boards.
"There's no way for us to connect people who walk the boardwalk to Pier Village to go south," Hayes said. "It's just not possible to create a corridor, especially during the early stages of construction."
He said their only options will be to take the stairs down to the beach and walk around or walk west to Ocean Boulevard and then come back to Pier Village
He said the boardwalk will be the developers' "first priority" and said the hope is to have it completed by Memorial Day, 2018.
The new and expanded public boardwalk will feature a carousel, a stage for community events, shade structures, public restrooms, and a children's play area with a mist park. Also included in the plans are additional public parking spaces and new stairways and ramps to provide beach access.
The final stage of Pier Village, located just south of the existing development, will include 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.