iStar to Submit Third and Final Proposal

From the LI Herald: iStar to seek new tax break for Superblock: “On its website on Wednesday, the city said it learned that iStar, a Manhattan-based developer that owns the Superblock, will soon submit “a third and final application for tax abatements.”

The Superblock has been vacant for 30 years, and the $336 million project envisions twin 15-story luxury apartment buildings with 522 units overlooking the boardwalk between Long Beach and Riverside boulevards. iStar had sought a hefty 20-year payment in lieu of taxes, or PILOT, agreement, claiming it would not build without it.

The city will hold a forum on May 9 at City Hall at 6:30 p.m. to update residents.

Shoreline Restoration: Proposed Extension of Work Hours

We have been told that the Army Corp. of Engineers has proposed an expansion of their groin work hours during the 14 month period that the work will span:

Current: 8am – 4:30pm

Proposed: 7am – 8pm, 6 days per week

Neptune Blvd and New York Ave are the drop off staging points that the builders utilize for all the work taking place down the beach. For the entire 14 months, trucks will be staging in those areas as they make their way down the beach between the hours of 7am and 8pm. If you have an opinion on the project and this new proposal, make sure to attend the public meeting tomorrow (4/20) at 7:30pm at City Hall.

Reminder: Public Meeting to Discuss Shoreline Restoration Project (4/20)

The Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 7:30pm at City Hall to discuss the project that began last month. Many residents feel like they were left in the dark on details of what this project would entail. Now that the project is underway, we have an opportunity to ask questions and voice any concerns.

Public Meeting to Discuss Shoreline Restoration Project (4/20)

The Army Corps of Engineers and the state Department of Environmental Conservation will hold a public meeting on Thursday, April 20th at 7:30pm at City Hall to discuss the project that began last month. Many residents feel like they were left in the dark on details of what this project would entail. Now that the project is underway, we have an opportunity to ask questions and voice any concerns.

LI Herald on the Proposed Comprehensive Plan

“The city released a draft of its proposed comprehensive plan in January that, if approved, could lead to an overhaul of decades-old zoning laws to address future development in Long Beach.

The City Council hit the pause button on adopting the plan last month, however, with some members saying that more community outreach was needed — and a number of residents raised concerns about overdevelopment and gentrification at Tuesday’s council meeting.”

To continue reading, click here.

New Carryout Bag Ordinance Effective 4/22

Back in October 2016, the Long Beach City Council passed Nassau County’s first-ever Carryout Bag Ordinance. Beginning “on Earth Day, April 22, 2017, all business establishments would begin charging a fee of not less than five (5) cents for each carryout bag made of plastic, paper, or reusable material (thicker plastic or cloth) to make the cost of the bag clear to the customer – customers who bring their own bags will not be charged… The ordinance aims to reduce plastic and paper carryout bag usage, decrease Long Beach’s effect on greenhouses gas emissions and climate change, keep storm drains, trees, and streets clean and clear, and improve every resident’s quality of life.” Click here for more information on the Long Beach Carryout Bag Ordinance.