Proposed Condo Complex Promises Turn-of-Century Aesthetics With Modern Services

Oct 11, 2017

When local developer Nicholas Garofolo and local architect Jeffrey Wells put their heads together in 2016, they had one goal in mind: to transform the deserted gas station site at the entrance to Long Beach Island into something worthy of being the focal point to 18 miles of sandbar living 6 miles at sea. Their efforts produced The Arlington Beach Club, a 24-unit, turn-of-the-20th-century condominium complex expected to break ground at the former site of the Exxon gas station before the holiday season rolls in, Garofolo said.

The project will be built on one acre of land, between the Wawa Food Market and Oskar Huber Furniture and Design, surrounded by Ninth Street to the south, Long Beach Boulevard to the east, Eighth Street to the north and Central Avenue to the west. The circle will be reconfigured as a square once the state Department of Transportation completes its $350 million bridge project, slated tentatively for the summer of 2020, though the end date is predicated on weather and other outside factors.

The future site of The Arlington Beach Club is to be squared off to make room for the traffic flow changes on all four roadways surrounding the site, according to Dan Triana, state Department of Transportation public information officer. The DOT’s proposed improvements in Ship Bottom include converting a section of Long Beach Boulevard, the main thoroughfare on the 18-mile-long Island, into a two-way road at the future site of The Arlington Beach Club, he said.

Garofolo said the project consists of two buildings with 12 units each, designed “to bring back memories of the grand turn-of-the-century Jersey Shore boardwalk hotels.”

“Each unit will have three bedrooms, as well as a 400-square-foot private deck,” he said, noting that 9-foot ceilings and an open floor plan will offer state-of-the-art homes with a warm and quaint feeling with modern amenities such as stainless steel appliances, brushed nickel hardware, fireplaces and quartz countertops. “Each unit will have its own private, 150-square-foot storage unit for beach chairs, umbrellas, bicycles and surfboards.”

But it’s not just the interior of the complex that’s getting the star treatment, Garofolo said. The outside will be surrounded by lush landscape and a pool located between the two buildings with adjacent outside showers and changing rooms. A tiki bar will be located poolside. The entire facility is accessible through a stair tower with elevator service.

“Our executive team believes that numerous market-driven factors will drive brisk sales for this project. It is our belief that sales of the Arlington Beach Club will be driven to an older demographic of consumers who may be sitting on large capital gains in their homes and desire to ‘bank profits’ but still remain a Long Beach Island resident,” Garofolo said. “Our research also shows aged-out baby boomers are not only tired of rising costs of homeownership on Long Beach Island, but more importantly, looking to rid themselves of the consistent work needed to manage their beach home.”

In addition to consumers tired of maintenance tasks such as opening their homes in the spring and closing them in the fall, he said, the Arlington Beach Club offers a unique opportunity for first-time buyers. Research shows millennials are also a likely audience for the project, preferring homeownership that combines value with less maintenance and lower costs.

“It’s our believe all of the above will drive the millennial market to our project,” he said. “There is no other project in the market presently or coming to market in the foreseeable future that compares to The Arlington Beach Club.”

Gina G. Scala

Comments (1)
Posted by: Charles L. Epstein | Oct 15, 2017 13:35

There's just nothing like living on a highway on-ramp, surrounded by 3-5 lane highways.

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