There’s growing chatter about the possibility of Ventura’s Greenhouse in Margate being converted into a high-rise condo. Neighbors dread the thought of more crowded beaches, blocked views and a much worse parking / traffic problem.
In 2018, Mayor Becker, along with Commissioners Amodeo and Blumberg, all said it was a ‘dead issue’
Now 2 years later, City officials are once again considering a new Margate ordinance that will permit high-rise development and building that can be over 100 feet tall. The current permitted maximum height in Margate is 38 feet.
Henry Gorenstein: At June 25 2020 Margate City Planning Board meeting, the public was informed by Zoning Officer, Roger McLarnon, that the Margate Commissioners are working on a zoning change ordinance.
We’re not trying to hide anything, were just moving ahead and letting everybody know this could be coming.Roger McLarnon, Margate Zoning Officer
Resident Henry Gorenstein: The Margate Planning Board will determine if the ordinance is consistent with the master plan. If adopted, this would allow 120 foot tall high-rises to be built on either side of historic landmark, Lucy the Elephant.
Resident Henry Gorenstein: Even if the Margate Planning Board rejects the ordinance, Mayor Becker and Commissioners Amodeo & Blumberg can still approve it. If that happens, Lucy The Elephant will not survive.
At a September 20, 2018 meeting, Commissioners promised over 200 concerned residents that they like Margate the way it is They wouldn’t support a proposal like this in the future.
Any faith or trust I had for the Margate Commissioners is now extinguished. They should be replaced ASAP!Resident Henry Gorenstein
PUBLIC COMMENT from SOCIAL MEDIA: Wise not to trust them. The issue as it was presented back in 2018, was dead. They did not preclude the issue being raised again under another (ordinance) number. Surprised the issue is coming up in the summer. Their usual tactic is to push controversial issues off until after Labor Day when 2nd homeowners are not here to fight them on it. They are horribly rude to people who question them. They roll their eyes. They’ve been caught on tape saying that they don’t care what 2nd homeowners think, since they’re not full-time residents. Good ole boy system at it’s worst. They know people who want change, can’t vote. They weren’t transparent about the water park either.
Any effort to bring back controversial Margate hotel overlay zone would be a grossly incompetent and negligent move.Resident Henry Gorenstein
Calvin Tesler At last Planning Board Meeting, they said they’ll discuss the high-rise project at the next meeting. This will take place July 30 at 6:30p via “Go to Meeting”.
Margate Planning Board Meeting is scheduled for July 30, 2020. The meeting will begin at 6:30 p.m. Access meeting here
Public may also attend meeting by accessing audio of meeting: Call (646) 749-3112 and entering Access Code: 182-204-429.