On March 16, 2021, the City Council adopted a recommendation to receive a presentation on the Proposed Long Beach Recovery Act (LBRA) plan. The SRBR will be aimed at encouraging businesses and property owners to remove window/storefront coverings (plywood) consistent with LBMC Section 8.76.017 (Prohibited Materials—Commercial).
The City, through its contract with “on-call” property management consultants, will conduct work related to the removal, haul away, and disposal of window/storefront coverings (plywood). Work will be paid for by the City and contracted directly with the property management consultants. The estimated value of each grant is estimated between $100 and $600 (maximum) per location, subject to the size of the storefront. Maximum pieces of plywood to be removed, 30 pieces.
We will be accepting applications from July 28, 2021, to January 31, 2022. The SRBR program will assist applicants on a first-come-first-served basis for the removal of plywood boards only. Any applicants that may require additional storefront repairs in addition to plywood removal may require additional review and experience longer application processing times.
Assistance #1 Program Guidelines and Applications
The City recognizes that there may be storefront repairs associated with the storefront board-up removal. A grant to assist business owners and property owners is currently being developed and will be announced soon.
As part of the Storefront Reopening and Board Up Removal Program, City will be targeting equitable results. In addition to targeted outreach and partnership with community and business organizations, staff will collect data that details the geographic areas where the SRBR program is implemented and the demographic makeup of property owners and business owners that are applying for and benefiting from the SRBR program.
This section will be updated as information is collected. Please check back often to see the updated results!