Residents complain of building height in condo proposal

A proposal to build luxury condominiums in Long Beach has some residents concerned about the amount of traffic and increased building size it could bring

A proposal to build luxury condominiums in Long Beach has some residents concerned about the amount of traffic and increased building size it could bring to the area.

A proposal to build luxury condominiums in Long Beach has some residents concerned about the amount of traffic and increased building size it could bring to the area. (6/1/16)

LONG BEACH - A proposal to build luxury condominiums in Long Beach has some residents concerned about the amount of traffic and increased building size it could bring to the area.

Several testy exchanges marked a community meeting with a developer who wants to build two waterfront condo towers at the site of the Hebrew Academy of Long Beach.

Developer Kurt Wittek took questions from the West End Neighbors group for more than an hour and discussed his proposal to build the condo towers standing 12 stories each. The 130 units will have prices ranging from $800,000 to more than $1 million. His main point was that the development was not a rental and nothing like the recent iStar Development also planned for Long Beach, which is asking for a 20-year, $100 million tax break.

"We're only seeking to defer the onset of the taxes for some finite period in each of the towers," Wittek says.

The main sticking point for most residents is the height of the buildings, as the proposed condo is almost twice as tall as any other building in the area.

Wittek originally proposed 15-story towers, but that was rejected by the zoning board. He says he'll seek a variance to get the 12-story proposal passed because that area is currently only approved for four-story structures.

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