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Two More Long Branch Oceanfront Redevelopment Projects Greenlit

The future home of a Mark Built Homes redevelopment project.
The future home of Seastar-Classic Living By The Sea condos in Long Branch.

LONG BRANCH: The Long Branch Planning Board has given final approval to two projects for in the city's Beachfront South redevelopment zone.

The board unanimously gave preliminary and final site plan approval to Bluffs Development Urban Renewal, LLC and Mark Built Properties at its Aug. 16. Both developers will tear down existing structures the redevelopment zone which stretches from Pavilion Avenue to North Bath Avenue and build condominiums.

Bluffs Development's project, called Seastar-Classic Living By The Sea, is a 33 unit-condominium development on the lot which currently contains the closed Jake's Gym. The gym has been closed for about 3 years and a vacant building now sits on the lot located at 290 Ocean Ave.

The building will be 80-feet tall at its highest point but that is only at the very center of the structure. That tallest point would be on the seventh floor and would contain a small pool, and sun deck in a common area.

Project architect Michael Monroe has said the unit sizes range from 900-square feet to approximately 4,000- square feet. The smaller units are located within the main structure and others are located in "oceanfront villas" and "beach houses" which are are all connected to the main structure.

There lots will also have 78 parking spaces.

Mark Built Properties has been given approval to build a 7-story building on the former Cabana Club property with 57 units of 1- and 2-bedroom housing. The Cabana Club was a bar and restaurant, located at 310 Ocean Ave., which closed in 2013 and has been sitting vacant since that time.

The property will also feature 128 parking spaces and amenities consisting of a community room, exercise room, pool, patios, walkways and cabanas as well as a 50-foot landscape buffer located along Ocean Boulevard.

Both projects have been in the works for nearly two years as the developers and the city's redevelopment officials made modifications to the plans so they would fit into the city's redevelopment guidelines for the zone.

Another development project in the Beachfront South redevelopment zone, South Beach at Long Branch, recently broke ground and is expected to be completed by the end of 2017 or early 2018.

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