Officials Get Look at Planned Beach Club

This is a rendering of iStar’s proposed beach club on the boardwalk in Asbury Park.

By JOANNE PAPAIANNI

Representatives of iStar presented plans for its beach club in Asbury Park at the recent meeting of the city’s Technical Review Committee.

The club, at the north end of the city beachfront, will be constructed entirely on private property owned by iStar and will maintain existing public beach access points.

It also adds a new public walkway to the future boardwalk proposed for Seventh Avenue.

Brian Cheripka, senior vice president of land development for iStar said, “We are pleased to have completed the initial step of the public review process and look forward to appearing before the City Council and the Planning Board. The proposed one-story beach club is an outstanding amenity that, along with our successful development projects such as The Asbury hotel and Asbury Lanes, will continue to expand the diverse recreational and social options available on Asbury Park’s waterfront.”

Cheripka also said city of Asbury Park will maintain full control of the public beach, which has always been the case.

City Planner Michele Alonso attended said she was pleased with the project.

The plans will now go before the City Council for review at a future meeting.

Councilwoman Yvonne Clayton is also a member of the TRC and declined to comment on the plans but said, “I have some specific questions for the developer but I thought the concept was interesting and attractive.”

Clayton is also on the Planning Board and will review the plans when it comes before that panel as well.

The City Council will have the final review and approval.

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