LONG BRANCH:The plans for Pier Village Phase 3 are still alive and the city has been talking with the new owner about implementing them.
Long Branch Mayor Adam Schneider said the owners, Kushner Companies, came in with a modified plan and has received comments from the city and its professionals on them.
Pier Village Phase 3 will consists of 300 condominium units, a 59,810-square-foot hotel, nearly 50,000 square feet of leasable retail space, an ocean-themed carousel, a 286 space self parking garage with capacity for at least 600 valet/stacker parking spaces, boardwalk improvements and infrastructure, a children's play area and a stage. The third phase will be located on the large lot of land between Melrose Terrace and Morris Avenue where some infrastructure work was already completed by the previous owner, Ironstate Development.
Schneider said any major deviation from this plan, especially a change in the footprint of the buildings, will require the approval of the Long Branch Planning as well as the Long Branch Council, which must OK any new construction in a redevelopment zone.
Schneider said Kushner Companies is still looking to begin the project soon.
"They are still expressing a desire to be in the ground in the not too distant future," he said.