Beach Haven Bank Building Making Way for Development

Apr 18, 2018
Photo by: Ryan Morrill

By next summer, an iconic structure in downtown Beach Haven known as the Beach Haven bank building could be demolished and the site transformed into a retail/residential complex. The complex would contain 22 residential units, each covering 1,200 square feet. Five apartments would be set aside for affordable housing.

Terry Moeller and partners Tom and Joan Bertussi said it would also include five yet-to-be-named retail businesses.

“Combined residential and retail square footage will be around 54,000 square feet,” said Moeller.

Architect Al Dattoli said the gray-colored building will be designed in a Cape Cod/Narragansett style. It will be 38 feet high, with the highest point being 42 feet at the location of a pergola toward the east end of the structure.

“It’s going to a nice blend wth the neighborhood,” he said. “On the top we’ll have fire pits and a swimming pool for the residents. It will offer a scenic view and be a beautiful place to watch the sunset.”   

Located at the corner of Bay Avenue and Sixth Street, the brick structure was built in 1963 as the headquarters for the old Beach Haven National Bank. Over the years, it became the home of several different financial institutions, with the most recent being Sovereign Bank.

The only current occupant of the building is the U.S. Post Office, which the partners say would remain in the new complex.

Moeller said he hopes the application will be heard at the next land use board meeting, scheduled for Monday, May 7, at 7 p.m. in the new municipal building.

“We’re looking to open in time for the summer of 2019,”  he said. —E.E.

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