A resident, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, sent in his vision of what he’d like the Neptune and Roosevelt parking mall upgrade to look like (see- EAST END PARKING TO RECEIVE MASSIVE, MUCH NEEDED UPGRADE).
His concept, kindly named Sea By The City Plaza (boy, does that make me all giddy) is an interesting plan that brings the parking to the stores; so no more running across Park Avenue. Seating and a wider sidewalk are added to the mix as well.
The existing parking mall definitely needs an upgrade. I believe it’s owned by Nassau County, so they would have to be involved as well, but hey, Long Beach has too many straight roads, so this would be an interesting curve in what we have already. Check out his concept below and let us know what you think!
The city recently announced a new project for the renovation of the parking mall on park Ave between Neptune and Roosevelt Blvds. I am wondering if a proposal or concept such as the one I am about to describe has ever been considered. My proposal will, among other things, create the opportunity for a more vibrant area for both businesses and residents, while at the same time provide for the calming of traffic on Park Ave through that section of town, with the added benefit of eradicating the need for pedestrians to cross 3 lanes of traffic to patronize the local businesses.
I am completely unaware of what the cost implications for this proposal would be, but I feel that this idea should be examined for its feasibility, not only from a financial aspect but in a general overall manner as well. I also believe that this plan could be modified and incorporated onto Park Ave between Monroe and Laurelton/Lafayette Blvds to create a truly dynamic and vibrant downtown in that area of town. I think if this plan is truly analyzed now would be the time to do it before any further funds are expended on the renovations.
As you can see in the image above my plan shifts the westbound travel lanes south into the location currently occupied by the parking area and shifts the parking area north into what is the current travel lanes. I believe by eliminating the parking lane on the north side of Park Avenue that space could be utilized for a wider sidewalk plaza with seating areas, umbrellas, trees and perhaps outside dining areas for the businesses on that strip. The area denoted by “A” in the picture would be the entrance slot to the parking, “B” would be a landscaped barrier prohibiting vehicular traffic from entering there and “C” would be some kind of barrier dividing east and west traffic. Image #2 and #3 are cross sections of the roadway before and after the development of the “Plaza”. Also included are 2 cross section views of the roadway (before & after).
Of course as with all ideas there are pros and cons, I have listed some of the pros above, some of the cons I see are loss of green space the added turn in the road would cause due to the loss of underutilized green space in the middle of Park Ave, I think this loss would be greatly over compensated by the added use of the new Plaza. Also there is a well/pump/sewer/lift station across from Key Food that would need to be relocated and I am unsure if that is even possible. Also the city would need a traffic engineer to determine some way for left turns off of Park Ave to be safely completed. I am thinking left hand turn lanes on Park Ave would make that safer.
I look forward to hearing your thoughts.