At the end of the property, a concrete boardwalk stamped with wood allows residential access to the beach. However, it is used by very few. In their design, RKLA and OCV Architects have included the boardwalk, minimally damaged by the storm, as an important link between the residences and the beach. It concludes the central, tree-lined axis and creates an ocean view through the property. The renovated basketball court, as well as several new playgrounds and benches, are also sited here.
“We really tried to create a connection between the beach, boardwalk, and property,” said Gareth Mahon of RKLA. “Most of the active space of the site is located near the beach.”
The improved Ocean Village will include 300 new trees and increased pedestrian access paths within building courtyards. Native plants, salt-tolerant and resilient to both wind and sea-spray, allude to the nearby shoreline. So far, demolition has begun and planting is scheduled to begin this fall. RKLA and OCV Architects hope their work will uplift the complex and convince residents to enjoy their ocean view.