A plea to the City Council over the Allegria Hotel parking situation.

A very frustrated Long Beach resident just forwarded me the letter below concerning the parking situation near the Allegria Hotel.  That person, who wants will spread the word on this issue, asked me to post it here.

 

Dear Ms. Goodman of the Long Beach City Council,

My neighbor forwarded me the email he sent you below (NOT POSTED HERE – seabythecity) about the Allegria Hotel. This situation has been out of control for some time now. You’ve personally promised us that they are working towards being good neighbors, but it’s only getting worse. It honestly seems as if the city only cares about the hotel’s tax revenue (or payoffs???) rather than its residents. The hotel can do as it pleases with no enforcement of the laws within their immediate area.

Last night is a perfect example of the city allowing the hotel to do as they please. With all the complaints being voiced about the hotel and the parking situation, both at the Tuesday night City Hall meetings and in the local news (LI Herald, patch.com), the city approved a permit reserving National Blvd between W Broadway and W Penn for the hotel to valet cars on it last night. Another slap in the face to the residents!

As a city official I would like to know your position on the following items.

-I remember reading that the hotel agreed to concessions, such as valeting cars at the train station and running shuttle buses for their guests and no hotel employees are allowed to park within a 3 block radius, in order to receive their variance to expand the building by adding 2 additional floors. I have not seen a single shuttle bus in the year and a half since they’ve opened and employees are parking directly in front of the hotel. Can you verify what their concessions were? Has anyone from the city verified the hotel is living up to their end of the bargain? If not, why?

-The “15 minute” unloading zone has become the “Ferrari” parking lot. All this area has done is allow the hotel guests to have better parking spots which presumably allow the valets to earn better tips. Car alarms are always being set off by incompetent valets and cars are constantly honking due to the blocked roadway of double and triple parked cars. This past weekend the coned area was extended by the valets into the intersection. The area was 6 cars wide and 2 cars deep. The idea of a 15 minute unloading zone is a good one, but it needs to be enforced.

-At one point you told us that it was illegal for cars to be valeted on the street, a law that was put into effect because the same thing was happening at Mateo’s. I have yet to see this enforced by anyone in the LBPD or Parking Enforcement. Not only do they get away with it but I’ve seen valets stand in spots to hold them with police cars passing right by. The end of National Blvd has basically become hotel property as they reverse cars down Broadway to secure parking spots as soon as they are available.

-There is a lot of police presence at the West End bars Thursday-Saturday nights. I have yet to see an officer or police car stationed at W Broadway and National Blvd which would help to mitigate some of the noise and drunken people stumbling down the street at all hours of the night.

I would be more than happy to attend a meeting in person with you, the council and/or city manager to discuss any of the above. If any of my information is incorrect, please let me know. My neighbors have been talking to and emailing with you for close to 2 years with little result. I’ve copied the editors of the LI Herald, patch.com and seabythecity.com on this email to help make our concerns more public.

Regards,

Your neighbor at 65 W Broadway

 

For those who share the same frustrations, please write to the city council:

Thomas R. Sofield, Jr. (City Council President) tsofield@longbeachny.org
Mona Goodman (City Council Vice President) mgoodman@longbeachny.org
John C. McLaughlin (City Council Member) jmclaughlin@longbeachny.org
Michael Fagen (City Council Member) mfagen@longbeachny.org
Len Torres (City Council Member) ltorres@longbeachny.org

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26 thoughts on “A plea to the City Council over the Allegria Hotel parking situation.”

  1. They do the exact same thing on the lot off of Edwards, where is was supposed to be reserved for Police cars ONLY.
    Some of their vehicles such as a small Red Pickup truck is parked their not only over night, but for several days a a time. You would think that it’s their lot.

  2. Thanks! I wrote the letter. I’m glad we’re not the only building complaining about this. I think it’s implied, but I should have also mentioned in it, that the double and triple parking along with 12 or so cars overflowing into the intersection has blocked emergency vehicles on more than one occasion already. We all know the firehouse is on National Blvd north of Park Ave and crosses this intersection fall all calls it makes on Broadway.

    I didn’t even bring up the fact that they’ve taken over the beach.

  3. I’m sick and tired of this hotel taking advantage of the people in this town.
    And I’m sick and tired of their doing illegal things and getting away with them. If other people would take advantage of the system they would be fined and stopped. This is very problematic.

  4. Why does everyone want that hotel to fail?? I love it and the city needs it!

    If the city is lax on laws so the Hotel can succeeded then I’m ok with that. If the Hotel makes it and brings people to LB then LB makes money and local business make money. Store fronts stay open!

    When writing a letter to city hall would suggest not saying “payoffs” they tend to not listen to those letters. If you want something changed best not to say the person who can change things is taking money.

    Parking issues only on Broadway which has always has parking issues.. Matteos is different they parked all over a neighborhood, broadway is a street like park ave.

    The “Ferrari” lot is great.. I get to see awesome cars!!

  5. Payoffs are the only thing that makes sense! I’ve seen cops drive right by the double parked cars… if that happened to you in front of Gino’s while picking up a pie you would be getting a ticket. I will be the first to say “I told you so!” when an emergency vehicle cannot get onto the beach or down Broadway to help someone in time.

    “Parking issues only on Broadway which has always has parking issues.. Matteos is different they parked all over a neighborhood, broadway is a street like park ave.” ——– I don’t even know what this means… how is my block and the surrounding 2 or 3 blocks less of a neighborhood than the corner of W Beech St and New York Ave and it’s 2 or 3 blocks? Regardless… the law is the law, why is it only enforced in front of Mateo’s (again, payoffs!!).

  6. The Allegria brings class and a good reputation to Long Beach. I don’t know why that wouldn’t be a good thing for the city, or for Long Island! The hotel does not take up much beach space…there’s enough beach for all of us! I am very happy (and lucky)to have them as neighbors on my block.

  7. Payoffs are the only thing that makes sense! I’ve seen cops drive right by the double parked cars… if that happened to you in front of Gino’s while picking up a pie you would be getting a ticket. SO WHY NOT do the same at the Allegria Hote?
    I will be the first to say “I told you so!” when an emergency vehicle cannot get onto the beach or down Broadway to help someone in time.

    AMEN!

  8. I might have to write a letter too. The parking in front of my house is getting out of hand. People rushing to get to the train. To cheap to pay the 200 dollars to park at the train station. It’s ridiculous! In front of my house in the parking lot for the LIRR.

  9. The valets double park in front of the hotel all the time at dinner time and wait for the car owners to stop chatting and move their cars.
    And nobody seems to care. And the reserving spots with their cones is utterly ridiculous.

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