Lido Beach resident, who goes by the name of Sensei Magnum, was present at the zoning board meeting and got some information regarding the rebuilding of Marvel Ice Cream & Yogurt (258 Lido Blvd, Lido Beach, NY 11561). This is what Sensei had to say:
08/22/2012 “Marvel was an hour and a half long issue. There were about 20 of us there to show support with a stack of letters from neighbors sharing support. There were 7 or 8 people who opposed it (every single one of them live on Bath st.) & one lived on Allevard too. The architect, attorney, and a traffic engineer were also present representing Marvel.
The new proposed structure will have an enclosure that people will stand inside as a means of further protection. The current stand as well as the offices & the upstairs apartment rental (which my friend is currently living in) are proposed to be knocked down. An interesting piece of info is that according to FEMA requirements, if Marvel is demolished the new structure must be built adhering to flood protection guidelines. That strongly states that the structure must be built 5 ‘ higher off the ground then it currently is. That would hypothetically require Marvel to install a handicap accesible ellevator. The interesting thing about this permit, is that it states these developments are required for safety needs (something the school preservation bill was duplicitous about, but I digress) and the towns permit granted for safety can trump FEMA’s regulations. The opposition wasn’t prepared for this, the only issue they have is that customers illegaly park, and someone had the gaul to compare Bath street to the west end.
This proposal is removing potential revenue fron the owner and is focused on modernizing their organization. This will really improve traffic on Lido blvd as well. I’ll talk more about the schematics tomorrow.”
08/23/2012 “The proposed enclosure will be standing room only, there won’t be chairs. The proposed site will increase the parking spots from the current 17 to 19 parking spaces. (2 of those spaces are now going to be dedicated to handicapped spaces. (one opponent, said that if there are no handicap people present that those become wasted spaces.. she’s such a tool)
Marvel has a total of three Aprons into their site currently. This is proposed to stay the same. I spoke about how removing the ice cream stand removes an obstruction motorists usually feel hesitant about driving adjacent when turning right into the first apron from lido blvd east bounds’ lane. I asserted that with the stand leveled, there is nothing to be hesitant about, not only will motorists see available parking spaces immediately, so they will free up the congestion behind. And back ups on Lido Blvd will be a thing of the past. (considering that’s a safety issue in itself. I was surprised that none of Marvels’ representatives mentioned that, let alone other supporters) also I asserted that with the parking lot free of obstruction the exiting apron out to lido blvd will better noticed by the vehicles entering the lot, and will less likely use the bath st apron for exiting.
Finally, the board members said they would tour the site to determine what their decisions would be. [One resident] (btw lives 2 blocks away on Buxton street was probing hard about why the stand isn’t proposed to be moved to the south side of the lot. The response was that the sand would be have to be wider and dsplace more parking spaces bringing the parking spaces number to 13.
It’s important Anthony, to just repeat what the board told the opposition. .”the opposition for Marvels’ proposal has to be based on safety issues, since the focus of this proposal, as you obviously know, is about safety. The 6 opponents who spoke said nothing about safety, it was a communal bias about parkng, and not traffic. Pitiful imo.”