Asbury Park, NJ townhouses close to downtown and beach aim to catalyze revitalization

Good to read about some smart redevelopment happening in a city that I visited frequently as a child.  From Asbury Park Press writer Nancy Shields: "The city’s beachfront developer, Asbury Partners, is set to start building 28 townhouses this summer.  The four-story, two- and three-bedroom homes will range between 1,800 and 2,200 square feet, said Brian Cheripka, the vice president of land for iStar and the head of the overall Asbury Park waterfront development.  The four-story townhouses will be located a block from the beach and close to downtown.  The architect is Lessard Design out of Vienna, VA. "Cheripka said the townhouses offer a different residential product than condominiums still on the market that were built before the housing market crashed.  'They’ll serve as an example of what’s to come on the waterfront,' he said. 'The key is bringing the right kind of housing product in at the right time.  Our role is to attract other vertical developers back to the waterfront.  The goal is to create a continuous level of activity across the waterfront.  The hope is people will understand there is a greater degree of certainty and now is the time to move forward.'"  Full article here.  (Photo credit: Tim McCarthy.)