NORTH WILDWOOD — Construction on the Seaport Pier has continued throughout the winter, with city officials and developers preparing for a Memorial Day weekend opening.
The pier, on the Boardwalk at 22nd Street, is being developed by Philadelphia-based BG Capital and will be a year-round venue with a restaurant, bar, cafe, and swim club.
“It’s going to be unlike anything we have in this area,” Mayor Patrick Rosenello said. “It’s important that the Boardwalk have new development up there.”
BG Capital acquired the liquor license from the former Woody’s Place, Rosenello said, and the project is expected to cost between $4 million and $6 million.
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Among the attractions will be Green Eggs Cafe, which will feature ingredients that are grown locally; a restaurant and bar called the Sand Bar; a store called the Dive Bar; and a swim club that will include private locker rooms, poolside food and drink, and a swim-up style bar, according to the pier’s website.
The pier has had a complicated history in recent years. It was last home to a collection of small stores but closed after the 2004 summer season. It remained empty until 2008, when some of the stores reopened, but the city deemed them a safety hazard and had them demolished.
The pier has been vacant ever since.
Rosenello said the stores themselves were hazardous, but the pier itself is very strong.
In 2007, the city entered into an agreement with WB Resorts Development, which proposed turning the pier into a $100 million, 90,000-square-foot year-round waterpark and hotel attraction that was supposed to create 500 jobs. But the project was canceled after WB Resorts could not get financing because of the national financial crisis that started in 2008.
The redevelopment agreement between WB Resorts and the city expired at the end of 2013.