LONG BRANCH – Twenty years in the making, the City of Long Branch’s historic oceanfront Pier Village has reached its third and final phase of construction.

The last phase of the project will add 72 hotel units, 269 residential units and two, two-story garages. A portion of the boardwalk will be rebuilt and a new mister water feature will be added along with a mini pocket park, mini stage, a new stage and a carousel, according to the city’s Assistant Director of Planning Carl Turner Jr.

Also included in the plans are additional public parking spaces and new stairways and ramps to provide convenient beach access.