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Still No Timetable For Pier Village Phase 3 Construction

LONG BRANCH: The construction of Pier Village Phase 3 still does not have a definitive start date.

Long Branch Business Administrator Kevin Hayes said the developers, the Kushner Companies, could begin construction before the end of the summer but that there are still some steps that need to be taken.

"We're still doing some negotiations with the developers to get the redevelopment agreement squared away," Hayes said.

Hayes added that the developer also needs CAFRA approval for the project.

The Long Branch Planning Board greenlit last July by granting the Kushner Companies and Extell Development final site plan and subdivision approval.

The third phase of Pier Village will be located just north of the existing area between Melrose Terrace and Morris Avenue. The site is currently fenced off and a portion of it is used for overflow parking.

It includes about 57,000 square feet of commercial space, 269 for-sale residential units, a 79-unit hotel as well as parking and public amenities. The homes will be built two buildings in five floors over the commercial space. The hotel will have five floors and be built over retail space and the lobby area. It will feature a rooftop restaurant, outdoor dining area and pool.

A new boardwalk will also be built to connect the city's new boardwalk and the existing Pier Village boardwalk. Hayes said the developers will likely do the boardwalk construction first.

A 42-foot, ocean-themed carousel will also be constructed on the east side of the boardwalk as well as a stage, "misting area," concession areas, shade structures, and beach amenities.

A 2-level, underground parking structure will be built as well. The remaining public will park in the Chandler and Maps lot across Ocean Boulevard, which is currently owned by the city.

The developers also announced last year that the project will no longer be built in two phases and will now be built all at once.

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