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March 12, 2016
Anybody know anything about that?

There’s a question that has plagued us for years and it deals with the old trolley or local rail line that ran from Park Place to the canals between Park Avenue and Chester Street.

We've also received information that it was started in February 1922 as the Long Beach on the Ocean Trolley Line, later became the Long Beach Railway Company and ran from Maple Blvd to NY Ave down Park then went south on NY to Beech St. and down Beech St. into the West End.

There’s still remnants of the old right-of-way still evident behind the stores on the 300 block of Park between Monroe and Lincoln Blvds and on the west side of Lincoln Blvd between Park and Chester. Does anyone have more information on this?

What I do know is that when the trolley shut down, over the years the City tried to sell the old right-of-way to the adjacent property owners. Some bought and some didn’t. When they changed the zoning requirements for lot area, those properties whose owners didn’t buy the old right-of-way were affected when they wanted to obtain a building permit for alterations or new construction and were required to apply to the Zoning Board of Appeals for a variance.

Anybody know anything about that?


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