New Jersey’s shoreline has no shortage of major redevelopment endeavors and another project in a small Middlesex county city has kicked off its effort to reshape the coast.
Late last month, dignitaries from South Amboy and BNE Real Estate Group marked the construction start of the ambitious Manhattan Beach Club development. The scope of the project encompasses a whopping 55 acres overlooking Raritan Bay and looks to add 1,875 residences just a short walk from the city’s train station.
“Smart, well planned growth is a tremendous asset to our City,” said South Amboy Mayor Fred Henry during the ceremony. “The Manhattan Beach Club will transform vacant industrial land into a bayfront destination providing stable long-term revenue to benefit our residents, both new and old, for decades to come.”
The first phase of the project consists of two four-story buildings set to include over 500 luxury rental residences along Radford Ferry Road. The development includes studio, one- and two-bedroom units complete with covered onsite parking. The living spaces will include open concept kitchens, plank flooring, nine foot ceilings, stainless steel appliances, and in-unit washer/dryer units.
Amenities at the Manhattan Beach Club will consist of multiple entertainment lounges, a co-working lounge, a children’s playroom, coffee café, fitness center, virtual fitness rooms, a game lounge, golf simulators, and a movie theatre. An outdoor swimming pool with cabana seating is a highlight and indoor and outdoor bars, barbecue grills, firepits, and lounge areas will round out the experience.
BNE Real Estate Group expects to deliver 291 of the development’s residences during the summer of 2022, according to Jonathan Schwartz, a partner at the Livingston-based development company.
Manhattan Beach Club is the largest privately owned component of South Amboy’s waterfront revitalization. The most significant public portion involves the construction of a long-awaited ferry terminal, which was recently awarded a $5.3 million grant towards a proposed 20,000 square-foot facility.
Per our previous reporting, the terminal is slated to include 700 parking spaces and a second-floor space that hopes to draw a restaurant or event space. The terminal project should go out to bid later this year and looks to operate up to three ferries between the city’s Raritan Bay waterfront and downtown Manhattan.