LONG BRANCH: The final piece of the city's boardwalk between Morris Avenue and Melrose Terrace will be built in time for next summer.
The developers of Pier Village, Kushner Companies and Extell Development, showed off the plans for the third phase of the mixed use oceanfront project during June 27 Long Branch Council meeting and discussed the timing of the improvements.
"We will be filling in the gap with a new, expanded boardwalk," Architect Tom Bauer said. "There will be a carousel, we've got shade structures, restrooms, a stage for public use and a misting area, concessions and decorative payment."
The developers say they need some final approvals from the city that they hope to receive in the next 2-4 weeks and that one of their first priorities is the construction of the new boardwalk. That work should begin after Labor Day and be completed by the Memorial Day, 2018.
The third phase will also feature retail on the first floor with residences located above them, a boutique hotel and a parking deck with a rooftop.
The entire project is expected to be completed by 2020.