Margate Commissioners have approved initial plans to demolish the current Lucy the Elephant gift shop building.
A new, 2 story structure would be built in its place at a much higher flood elevation, 6.5 feet above grade to comply with FEMA flood rules.
Larger retail space, storage, second floor meeting room and restrooms.
‘The snack bar no longer generates revenue like it once did’. Dune system blocked visibility and access to snack bar from beach.
In place of a snack bar, a food truck will be set up next to Lucy and the proposed small boardwalk.
Property must be Americans with Disabilities Act compliant. Elevator, and a handicapped accessible ramp.
Design of the gift shop building will be very challenging. Not much space to work with. Building can’t overpower Lucy or the site.
Design has undergone several iterations. Could change again if not acceptable with historical orgs and NJ Green Acres org.
Lucy Director Rich Helfant said project will be funded with an endowment from supporters, grants from Historic Trust, other agencies, and Margate City taxpayers.
Margate Commissioner Maury Blumberg is fearful of complaints from area residents. Especially from the condo right next door.
Lucy Director Rich Helfant hopes there are no complaints. ‘Once plans are finalized, we’ll share what we’re doing with the condo association next door. We want to be good neighbors.’
A required public hearing may be held in February.