LONG BRANCH: The Stavola Realty Company is looking to build 12 new homes along the city's oceanfront.
The developer appeared before the Long Branch Council on Nov. 16 and presented the plans for the houses, which involves subdividing 4 vacant lots on the corner of Seaview Avenue and Ocean Avenue near the promenade. They originally wanted to build a beach club on the site, but that plan never came to fruition.
The homes will be marketed individually and will have driveways, garages, balconies and each will be custom built by whomever ultimately purchases them.
Engineer Eric Ballou said the developers worked with the city's planners to make some public improvements in the area. The turnaround area at the end of Seaview Avenue will be changed from being a simple striped design to a raised area made from pavers and Belgian block.
Brick paver crosswalks will also be installed at the intersection of Seaview Avenue and Ocean Avenue and Ocean Terrace and Ocean Avenue.
Public parking spaces will also be added on the north side of Seaview Avenue and landscaping improvements will be made.
The council agreed with the plan and the developer will now seek subdivision and site plan approval from the Long Branch Planning Board before the end of 2017.
Once all approvals are in place, the developers are hoping to have all 12 homes sold in 12-18 months.