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Christian Browne Successfully Represents Developer before City of Long Beach in Smart-Growth Residential Project to Convert Sandy-Damaged Building

Sandy-Damaged Office Building to be Converted into Apartments

Christian Browne, a Partner with the Firm, successfully represented a developer before the City of Long Beach Zoning Board seeking use variance approval to convert an abandoned, Sandy-damaged office building that Long Beach Hospital previously occupied for offices into a residential apartment building.

"We were pleased to represent our client in making this smart-growth project a reality," Mr. Browne said. "It represents yet another step in Long Beach’s recovery and revitalization from the ravages of Hurricane Sandy."

The property owner plans to construct 23 studio and one-room apartments in the four-story building at 249 East Park Avenue in Long Beach. This smart-growth project would attract "Millennials," single people and small families. It is within walking distance of public transportation, the Long Beach boardwalk, local shops and restaurants.

The building, which was used by hundreds of workers and patients each day when it was in operation, was abandoned and undeveloped after it was damaged by Hurricane Sandy in 2012. In addition to the proposed apartments, plans call for a new brick façade and a new entranceway, including a handicap-accessible ramp.

Mr. Browne explained that the approvals included a zoning variance for residential use, as well as a parking variance.

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