The rental component of B2K Development’s waterfront residential community in Long Beach is now welcoming its first tenants.
The 10-story building called The Breeze at 180 Boardwalk has 238 apartments, with a mix of studios, one- and two-bedroom units. Monthly rents at The Breeze are $3,140 for a studio; $4,370 for a one-bedroom; and $5,400 for a two-bedroom apartment.
The Breeze offers a 24-hour concierge and keyless building entry via smartphone. The apartments feature programmable thermostats, kitchens with maple cabinets, Silestone countertops, stainless steel side-by-side refrigerators, dishwasher and in-unit washers and dryers.
Tenants at The Breeze will have access to a plethora of amenities, including indoor and outdoor fitness centers, tennis court, yoga center, outdoor kitchens with BBQ’s and outdoor dining rooms, fire pits, outdoor movie theater, saltwater pool and hot tub, pet grooming spa, coffee bar and outdoor gardens.
“Long Beach is an incredible oceanfront community, and The Breeze offers our tenants a lifestyle that is simply not available anywhere else in the region,” Steven Krieger, CEO of B2K Development, said in a company statement.
The $369 million project from Jericho-based B2K and its partner Harrison Street Real Estate Capital has transformed the long-vacant 6-acre property known as the Superblock. Sales began last summer on the condo portion of the development known as The Boardwalk. The 192 condos, which are expected to be completed this spring, are in two, nine-story buildings with prices that range from about $875,000 to $4.5 million. The project also includes about 6,500 square feet of retail space.
“We sought to create award winning rental residences that introduce incomparable features with a location that celebrates its ocean front venue,” David Burman, principal and president of B2K Development, said in the statement. “There is literally no other address anywhere in the New York metropolitan area that has this synergy of location, design, amenities, and neighborhood.”
The Breeze and The Boardwalk project is the latest chapter in the long-running saga of the Superblock property, located between Long Beach Boulevard and Riverside Boulevard. Once home to garden apartments and a bowling alley, the buildings were razed in the 1960s after falling into disrepair.
The City of Long Beach reclaimed the site for unpaid taxes in the 1980s and sold it to a development group which never built its planned high-rise towers. In the 1990s, the city planned to acquire the property via eminent domain. They issued a request for proposals for a developer to build a hotel, catering hall, convention center, restaurant and an assisted-living facility, none of which ever materialized.
The current developers purchased the Long Beach site from iStar Financial for $30.5 million. Manhattan-based iStar had proposed to build 522 apartments in two 15-story towers and about 11,500 square feet of retail space on the Superblock property, but walked away from the project after the Nassau Industrial Development Agency denied its application for $109 million in tax breaks in 2016.