Planners Recognize Pier Village As 'Great Place in New Jersey'
Long Branch residential and commercial hub receives honor from American Planning Association
Pier Village on Long Branch’s beach front has been named a Great Place in New Jersey by the American Planning Association-New Jersey Chapter (APA-NJ).
“From the ashes of a major fire that destroyed Long Branch Pier in 1987, Pier Village has risen into a vibrant walkable community that complements the storied New Jersey shorefront with housing, storefronts and dining experiences,” said APA-NJ President Charles Latini, Jr., AICP. “Pier Village is a remarkable achievement that reflects a heavy dose of perseverance on the parts of the City and the project developer Ironstate Development.”
“Opened in 2005, Pier Village has played a key part in making Long Branch one of the top beaches along the New Jersey shore,” said Brandon Kinney of Ironstate Development. “It offers an extraordinary and exciting atmosphere to residents, vacationers, and other visitors.”
“Pier Village opens itself to the rest of Long Branch,” added Linda E. Wills, AICP, APA-NJ Great Places Committee Chair and one of this year’s Great Places in New Jersey judges. “Festival Plaza, located in the center of Pier Village, hosts arts & crafts fairs, outdoor movies, and other events open to the greater community. The newly renovated Boardwalk is an inviting destination for beach goers looking to walk, run, or ride a bike.”
Great Places offer better choices for where and how people work and live. They are enjoyable, safe and desirable, places where people want to live, work and visit every day. New Jersey’s great streets, neighborhoods and public spaces are defined by many criteria, including architectural features, accessibility, functionality and community activity.
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