After: Mariners Cove
The structure of the complex was sound after the storm, but the first floor of each unit had to be gutted. Everything had to be replaced: drywall, appliances, baseboard heating and air conditioning. Mariners Cove townhomes now have upgraded kitchens with stainless-steel appliances and granite countertops.
“When you’re going to rebuild, why not add a beautiful kitchen package?” McAlonen says.
One resident had lived at the complex for 28 years and moved back in to a renovated unit this past Sept. 1, Hale says. Another who had been there for only two months before Sandy hit was intent on coming back and returned in mid-August.
Leasing is happening in phases, so more units will be available in October, then around Thanksgiving and another batch in spring.
“Believe it or not, there are some people who want their exact apartment home, but it may not be done until phase 2 or 3,” Hale says. “They’re willing to wait and won’t take anything but their exact home.”