City Unveils 10-Step Boardwalk Rebuilding Plan

The boardwalk's concrete stanchions at National Boulevard, in the shadows of the Allegria Hotel, as the structures demolition continues. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)
The boardwalk's concrete stanchions at National Boulevard, in the shadows of the Allegria Hotel, as the structures demolition continues. (Credit: Joseph Kellard)

The new Long Beach boardwalk will be conceived and constructed according to a 10-step process, the plans for which were posted on the City of Long Beach’s website Wednesday.   

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City Manager Jack Schnirman announced the plan Tuesday before the City Council voted to approve a contract between the city and a Syosset-based engineering consulting firm, Liro Engineers Inc., which will provide everything from design options to inspection services, according to city officials.

Hiring the firm is part of the plan’s fourth step, which also includes assessing the strength of the boardwalk’s existing concrete stanchions to determine their capacity, creating design options for the new seaside walkway, and devising a construction timeline for the first phase of the rebuilding process.  

The three initial steps involved assessing the boardwalk’s damage after it was destroyed in Hurricane Sandy and hiring a firm to conduct the demolition, which have already been completed, and carrying out the demo work, which is ongoing and about halfway completed, the city manager said. 

The middle steps of the rebuilding plan involve determining design specifications, which will involve gathering public input and direction from the City Council, as well as presenting the design specifications to the Federal Emergency Management Agency to obtain approval for funding. The project is expected to cost an estimated $25 million, city officials said.

The ninth and tenth steps call for opening the areas of the completed boardwalk as they are made available, after which Phase 1 will end with the complete construction and opening of a proposed 2.2-mile boardwalk.

A note at the end of the plan states: “Future phases may provide for additional amenities/features on the boardwalk based on available funding and public input.”

10-Step Phase 1 Process

  1. Assess the damage of the boardwalk.
  2. Complete the bidding process for demolition of the boardwalk.
  3. Demolish the existing boardwalk structure.
  4. Accept proposals and select an engineering consulting firm to:
    1. Assess the strength of the concrete pillars to determine their weight capacity.
    2. Create a list of boardwalk reconstruction options:
      1. Design options (including wood, concrete, concrete/wood hybrid, composite, etc.)
      2. Cost of varying options
      3. Availability of materials for varying options
    3. Create a pre-construction timeline for Phase 1 of boardwalk construction.
  5. Determine design specifications.
    1. Gather public input.
    2. Present options and take direction from the City Council.
    3. Move forward with design specifications that satisfy our mission to be stronger, smarter, and safer.
  6. Present FEMA with our selected new design specifications (stronger, smarter, safer) and obtain approval for mitigation funding.
  7. Engineering consulting firm is then responsible for:
    1. Creation of design specifications for the City to put out to construction bid.
    2. Assisting the City in selecting a construction vendor.
    3. Providing the City with construction management services.
    4. Creating a timeline for Phase 1 of boardwalk construction.
  8. The City and the engineering consulting firm will monitor and hold construction work accountable to a tight timeline.
  9. The City will open areas of completed boardwalk, when appropriate, as they become available.
  10. Phase 1 will end upon the complete construction of the 2.2-mile boardwalk.
NOTE: Future phases may provide for additional amenities/features on the boardwalk based on available funding and public input.

Lucille January 25, 2013 at 11:32 AM
Good Idea Belmar: Belmar 'Buy a Board' drive has $250G so far from donors nationwide Buy a Board campaign has drawn big sponsors BELMAR — How well-loved is Belmar’s boardwalk? In just over a month, the borough has raised $250,000 from its “Buy a Board” campaign — and most of the people who have bought boards have come from out of town. “A relative suggested it to me over (Thanksgiving dinner),” said Belmar Mayor Matt Doherty of the Buy a Board campaign’s origin. “I thought it was a great idea.” Fans of the borough’s iconic boardwalk apparently agree. Doherty said people from across the country — from California to the Carolinas — have bought a piece of Belmar’s boardwalk. The money will be used to help cover the cost of reconstructing 1.3 miles of boardwalk that was lost by the storm surge created by superstorm Sandy. But that doesn’t mean Belmar residents aren’t chipping in or don’t have a big place in their heart for their boardwalk. Far from it. Doherty said one local resident whose name he would not reveal has given $15,000. That makes that individual the biggest of the Big Kahunas — the name reserved for those who donate $5,000. That person along with everyone who bought a board will have their name and board level displayed on a beach entrance of their choice come the completion of the boardwalk. The board levels start with the Big Kahuna and work their way down to the Beach Bum, which can be had for a donation of $25. There have been 15 Big Kahunas to this point. “There are 20 entrances to the Belmar beach,” said Doherty. “At every avenue there will be a list of the names of the contributors.” No deadline yet The Buy a Board campaign began on Nov. 28. The borough hasn’t given a deadline yet for when they will end it. According to officials, the money raised is being used to pay the borough’s costs for the boardwalk. They expect at least 75 percent of the costs will be recouped through the Federal Emergency Management Agency, leaving them pick up the costs for the remainder. But the mayor said the Buy a Board campaign is one of the main reasons the borough will not raise beach badge fees in 2013, a strategy that was discussed by officials to help offset the costs
RhondaVW January 25, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Hi Lucille. I believe the amount Belmar has raised is up to $400,000. Considering what your memorial benches sell for Long Beach could sell named boards like this.....http://tinyurl.com/BoardwalkNames... and completely support a new state of the art boardwalk and sea wall. Looking at a 500' stretch of boardwalk, if you take just the center 12' section of a new LB boardwalk (750 2" x 8"s) and sell 6 engraved names per board per board you would have 4500+ names to sell. Below are the results at different price points per name: 4500 names x $200 = $900,000 per 500' boardwalk 4500 names x $300 = $1,350,000 per 500' boardwalk 4500 names x $400 = $1,800,000 per 500' boardwalk 4500 names x $500 = $2,250,000 per 500' boardwalk
Just a Resident January 26, 2013 at 10:25 AM
After reading the news articles about LIRR workers stealing copper for scrap, I can't help but wonder about the thousands of feet of copper wire under the boardwalk. With such a huge fiscal crisis at hand, why didn't the cit y sell it to help fill the gap? Sometimes you just need to start thinking in a new way and look at new opportunities instead of just spending, spending spending.
Just a Resident January 26, 2013 at 10:27 AM
Oh, and if you would like your name on a board when I try to rebuild my house, I will be happy to sell you one. You can even scratch your name in the cement foundation for a fee.
Eddie January 26, 2013 at 10:34 AM
The City is like the Railroad. Unlimited resources. That's why the LIRR makes no attempt to collect or sell its scrap. Just like the City.


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