Do you know that empty lot right next to the Allegria Hotel? In August 2011 we learned how it was purchased by The Engel Burman Group, developers of Aqua on the Ocean (read – Aqua on the Ocean Owners Get A Lot). Besides a few trucks during Quiksilver Pro, that empty lot hasn’t seen any action since then, until an advertisement for Aqua on the Ocean appeared a few months back. So far no real movement, but I am hearing whispers that the new development will be similar to the Aqua on the Ocean with the addition of a “moderately priced restaurant” on the boardwalk level that will be open to the public.
That lot is already zoned commercial, as you can see [photo below] the stores sitting next to King David Manor before they were demolished (circa 2007. Photo Credit: Phil Marino for The New York Times). I’m assuming mixed use zoning would have to be called for in order to add the residential space.
Although Aqua on the Ocean isn’t completely occupied, common sense tells me developers are going to continue to go after the luxury market in Long Beach since boardwalk/ocean views are limited and will always have an upside.
We desperately need more food on or near the boardwalk, since our current options aren’t enough:
- Atlantica Restaurant @ The Allegria Hotel. (Expensive with mixed reviews – search this blog)
- Overlook at the Beach [Formerly Vito’s] (I haven’t eaten at the new place yet. Any good?)
- Chips and Soda from scattered snack carts (I would hardly call that dining)
- Chips, Soda, Ice Cream and Hot Dogs from the city-run snack shacks (Ditto)
I was hoping we’d see some food trucks this summer, but it appears to be too late in the season to get that going. A moderately priced restaurant sounds good to me and would offer some good competition for the Atlantica at the Allegria. [Cue in all the “where are these people going to park?” comments.]