A recent zoning board decision has determined the fate of 661 West Broadway, which was once part of a drug raid that led to nine arrests (See article at the bottom of this post). Without a question, this building is an eyesore and needs to be demolished, but as old rental units convert their way to expensive condos, the less affordable options there will be in Long Beach. That being said, I am in favor of the zoning board on this one.
July 26, 2012 Zoning Board Decision:
Case # 2241: Application of Long Beach Real Property Mgmt. of 100 West Park Avenue, Long Beach New York 11561; for a variance from the following sections of the Zoning code of Ordinances of the City of Long Beach, New York: Section 9-105.11 (b) height (d) building area (e) front yard (f) side yard (g) rear yard (i) density (k) off street parking for a new 20 unit condominium building at 661 West Broadway Long Beach, New York also known as Section 59, Block 17, Lot 147 on the Nassau County Land and tax map.
Decision: Granted/Conditions: Elimination of two units, total 18 units. 25 foot setback for the top floor, property must be demolished within 30 days of vacancy. Effective immediately, landlord is not to renew any lease or grant any new tenancies.
Description of building from 2009 sales listing: Fully leased 25 unit apartment building consisting of 22 studio apartments and 3 one-bedroom apartments built in 1951. Between Grand Blvd and Lindell Blvd on the North Side of West Broadway, one block from the ocean.
Article featured in Long Island Herald: October 22, 2009
Drug raid leads to nine arrests
Nine men were arrested in Long Beach and Island Park as part of a city-wide drug raid between the Long Beach Police Department and the Nassau County District Attorney’s office on Oct. 8. “This raid was about six months in the making,” said Bruce Meyer, a LBPD spokesman. “And it was initiated in response to complaints from the community.”
Meyer said that there were three targeted locations: 661 W. Broadway, 26 E. Market Street and 215 E. Broadway. He said the investigation is continuing, with more arrests expected. The nine men are as follows:
Rance Smith, 33, of Long Beach was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell at West Chester Street.
Kevin Muhundrew, 40, of Long Beach was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell and criminal possession of cocaine on East Market Street.
Elson Forestier, 20, of Long Beach was arrested and charged with criminal possession of a narcotic drug with intent to sell at East Walnut Street.