Council To Vote on $24.9 Million Pier Village Ordinance Tonight

Public will get so see plans for third phase of Pier Village


The public will get a look at the final plans for Pier Village Phase 3 tonight as the Long Branch Council will vote on an ordinance that would.

The money will be lent to the developer, Fountains Applied LWAG LLC, and be paid back in lieu of taxes after the oceanfront development is completed.

According to the ordinance, the third phase of Pier Village will contain a 68-room hotel, retail and recreational space and off-street parking.

The council has said construction is expected to begin in January and will be done in two phases.

The plan that will be presented to the public tonight can be viewed in the PDF attached to this article.

jim leyritz August 28, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Bravo Gary! Why would any sane person take issue with either the existing PV or the new addition. Catering to the super wealthy???? Come on, this is not Madison ave or Rodeo drive people. If you consider Stewarts and Its Greek to me fine dining, then you probably should stay home anyway. Personally, my wife and I as (fulltime) residents are more than happy to stroll along the beautiful prominade with our kids. Listen to some (free) live music. Eat at a decent restaurant or shop in a little boutique. Freinds who visit us are now envious that we have such a great attraction in our town. For all you complainers out there, you can always take a little stroll up broadway and have your dinner in a more appropriate establishment. The McDonalds at Broadway and third.
Peter Koenig August 28, 2012 at 09:47 PM
OK, I'm game. What I'd rather have is the community recreation center that was supposed to be built for the people of LB on the old armory property - Gary, you'd remember that fiasco. So yes, I'd rather have my tax dollars fund basketball courts than subsidize wealthy out-of-towners who hardly need my financial aid. I know folks who lost their homes in the Pier Village condemnation - good people, honest and law-abiding people, albeit not the "high end" types our Mayor prefers. If PV were a splendid idea, it would have been built by free enterprise - not by condemnation and tax subsidies. Same goes for this latest proposal. If the developers can't raise sufficient equity and financing, then why should taxpayers fund the project? The free market is saying no. We taxpayers shouldn't say yes. I do patronize a couple of restaurants at PV. (I won't name my favorite unless I get a freebie.) I don't begrudge the couple at the next table their $700 Bordeaux while I make do with a mid-range Malbec from Cahors - though I'd grouse if they sprang for the Opus One, which we all know is overpriced. See, I can play high-end with the best (or worst) of 'em. I just don't do it with other peoples' money - tax money. That's just not fair.
Butch Dezsö Gregoria August 28, 2012 at 09:48 PM
Thats the kind of egotistical comment that makes the situation even worse. Stewarts, Its Greek To Me would love to hear that statment...McDonalds? Im guessing you eat at The Avenue or McLoones... have a nightcap at The Wine loft. Garys comments about hookers and junkies, they now portrait themselves as "Escorts and Club Pushers" no longer owners of Cadillacs and Lincolns but Lambos, Ferraris and Bentleys. Its all perception and Ive been around long enough to know the difference.
Butch Dezsö Gregoria August 28, 2012 at 09:55 PM
Let the people that live locally vote. Let the New Yorkers go out to Long Island and strut their stuff.
Peter Koenig August 29, 2012 at 12:59 PM
I'm not Ayn Rand - but closer than most. Market economics means the free market, undistorted by condemnation, government financing of private projects, and generally running the middle class out of town. If a private construction project cannot attract private financing, the taxpayers should not be forced to bankroll the work. It distorts "market economics." You see, it's the Schneiderites who are engaging in social engineering, of a bizarre and sinister sort: take from the poor (and middle class) and give to the rich. It's not a crime to make money. It is wrong to take money.


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