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November 1, 2018
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L&M Design LLC's Design for Mi-Place™ at the Shore Wins Two Sam Awards from NJBA

Mi-Place™ At The Shore wins Community of the Year SAM Award

Absecon, NJ. – L&M DESIGN LLC is pleased to announce that Mi-Place™ at the Shore, a multi-family community designed by the firm, has received two awards from the New Jersey Builders Association Sales & Marketing (SAM) AWARDS held at the Golden Nugget in Atlantic City, NJ.

Mi-Place™ at the Shore was honored with the “2018 Community of the Year Award for Best Rental Community with over 200 Apartments”, and additionally received an award for “Best Home in a Rental Community with over 200 Apartments” for The Absecon.

The once-stalled community had originally been planned by Foxmoor Homes in 2004 as a 264 age-restricted property, 42 of which were built. However, the development was abandoned by Foxmoor in 2009, and eventually taken back by Amboy Bank in 2012. The land and the 42 existing homes were eventually purchased by Fernmoor Homes, of Jackson, NJ, who then hired L&M Design LLC of Radnor, PA, to breathe new life into the development with a modified plan.

According to L&M partner Laura Staines Giardino, “Working in conjunction with Fernmoor Homes, Amboy Bank, and Steve Patron of Paradigm Realty Alliance, we received approvals for a 442-unit rental apartment community, doubling the density of the project, removing the age restrictions on the majority of the homes, and aligning the community more closely to the current economic environment.

“In addition,” says Michael Giardino, “we maintained existing roadways and infrastructure, as well as the building footprints, with only a modest increase in storm water management requirements.”

Mi-Place™ at the Shore consists of fourteen 3-story and ¾ split elevator serviced apartment buildings. Of these, two buildings are reserved as age-restricted apartments, one for affordable units and one for senior affordable units. The remaining five buildings are designed as private- entry stacked townhomes over flats, all complementing the 42 existing homes with attached garages.

The open floor plans of both the new and pre-existing apartments include one-, two-, and three-bedroom residences ranging from 650 to 3,055 square feet, each providing luxury features at affordable prices. The newer units include stainless steel kitchen appliances, granite countertops, 12 x 12” luxury vinyl-tiled bathroom floors, carpeting, and full-sized washer/dryers. All apartments are energy efficient and the newer ones feature tankless gas hot water heaters.

L&M Design’s renovation of the former 12,000 square foot clubhouse included removal of an indoor pool and replacing it with a 5,000 square foot resort-style outdoor pool and expansive patio with a barbeque and lounge area. Partners Laura and Michael redesigned the remaining 7,000 square feet into a spacious two-story multi-purpose area complete with fireplace, billiards, kitchenette, storage lockers, and a state-of-the-art fitness center with a separate room for exercise classes.

Opening in the Spring of 2017, Mi-Place™ at the Shore is conveniently located to Atlantic City as well as all the South Jersey beach and boardwalk destinations. With easy access to Route 9 and the Garden State Parkway, the location is attractive to professionals who work in Atlantic County and to those attending Stockton University. The Absecon Station is served by New Jersey Transit’s Atlantic City Line trains, with east-west service between Philadelphia and Atlantic City.

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