Newsday is reporting that the “Pine Town Homes” @ 151 East Pine Street are going to be purchased soon and will be renovated. Newsday states that the total project cost is $26.6 million. That’s a lot of dough for Section 8 housing! Will this renovation bring major change to the 100+ unit complex or will it continue to serve low-income residents?
The North Park area of Long Beach, where this complex resides, could go through a major transformation if the redeveloped bay front area ever breaks ground. This plan has been referred to as the Local Waterfront Revitalization Program (LWRP). I blogged about this back in 2008 and there hasn’t been any movement on this issue since then. (see – The future of Long Beach being considered).
The redevelopment of the bayfront area located between Long Beach Boulevard and the Long Island Rail Road tracks. Conceptual plans include: a 250-slip marina, “salt air” performing arts center / amphitheater, promenade, five mixed-use towers that would contain residential units, a marine science center, restaurants, A water taxi to Island Park.
Some locals refer to the North Park-area as a ghetto, while others see it as one of the last parts of Long Beach that’s still affordable. For that, it will be very interesting to see the outcome of the Pine Town House renovation. As of now, it seems like the economy has been the only thing that slowed down the LWRP, but perhaps things are starting to pick up? We shall see….