City Leases Old Car Lot for Public Parking

first_imgThe land surrounding an old Chevrolet car dealership building is being eyed by the city. By Donald WittkowskiIt’s not the blockbuster $9 million deal that Ocean City has been hoping to make for a major piece of property owned by local businessmen and brothers Harry and Jerry Klause.Instead, City Council approved a $9,000 agreement Thursday night with Klause Enterprises to lease the land, once the site of a now-closed car dealership, for public parking over the summer.Encompassing nearly an entire block, the property on Simpson and Haven avenues, between 16th and 17th streets, will be used by the city through Sept. 9 for free public parking.City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said the site will help provide parking for the adjacent Ocean City Community Center, which houses the library and the aquatic and fitness center, and the Palmer Field recreation complex.“We need parking for all kinds of things,” McCrosson explained of the heavy demand for parking during the busy summer tourism season.Visitors at the Ocean City Community Center, seen in the background to the right, will be able to use the adjacent Klause Enterprises property for parking.McCrosson said the Klause brothers have been “very generous” in allowing the city to use their property for public parking.“It’s a pretty reasonable rental,” she said of the $9,000 lease.The city attempted to buy the same property last year from Klause Enterprises for $9 million, but the deal fell through when the community group Fairness In Taxes circulated a petition drive for a voter referendum to block the purchase.Mayor Jay Gillian recently announced his intention to try to buy the property again. He has ordered a new set of property appraisals as the first step in possible negotiations with the Klause brothers.“We would hope to negotiate the purchase,” McCrosson said.City Council approves a $9,000 parking lease with Klause Enterprises at the same time the city is hoping to negotiate a deal to buy the land.In the meantime, Klause Enterprises has secured preliminary approval from the Ocean City Planning Board to develop the property for 21 single-family homes.The site was formerly occupied by a now-closed Chevrolet dealership. The old building that once served as the dealership’s showroom has a sign in the front window that says the housing project is “coming soon.”The planning board’s preliminary approval is the first step in redeveloping the site. Klause Enterprises would have to secure the board’s final approval before construction could begin on the project.City officials, in their attempts to buy the property, want to preserve the land as public space to protect it from densely packed housing construction that would add to the town’s overdevelopment.“The city’s position is pretty simple: The mayor and Council don’t want to see the property developed with more housing,” city spokesman Doug Bergen said in earlier comments.But for the summer, at least, the property will serve as a public parking lot.An architectural rendering depicts the housing project that Klause Enterprises has proposed on the property.last_img read more

Food scientists turn soy milk residue into healthy probiotic drink

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Aug 27 2018Food scientists at the National University of Singapore (NUS) have given okara – the residue from the production of soy milk and tofu, and is usually discarded – a new lease of life by turning it into a refreshing drink that contains live probiotics, dietary fiber, free isoflavones and amino acids. By encapsulating these nutrients in a beverage, they can be easily absorbed into the body, and promote gut health.Created using a patented, zero-waste process, the tasty drink can be stored at room temperature for up to six weeks and still retain high counts of live probiotics to better deliver health effects. This is unlike commercially available probiotic drinks which are mainly dairy-based and require refrigeration to maintain their levels of live probiotics. These beverages also have an average shelf-life of four weeks, and do not contain free isoflavones, which have a host of health benefits.”Okara has an unpleasant smell and taste – it smells fishy, tastes bland, and has a gritty mouthfeel. Our breakthrough lies in our unique combination of enzymes, probiotics and yeast that work together to make okara less gritty, and give it a fruity aroma while keeping the probiotics alive. Our final product offers a nutritious, non-dairy alternative that is eco-friendly,” said project supervisor Associate Professor Shao-Quan Liu, who is from the Food Science and Technology Program at the NUS Faculty of Science.Turning unwanted soy pulp into a nutritious drinkAbout 10,000 tonnes of okara are produced yearly in Singapore. As it turns bad easily, causing it to give out an unpleasant smell and a sour taste, okara is usually discarded by soy food producers as food waste.The idea of using fermentation to produce a drink from okara was first conceived by Ms Weng-Chan Vong, a PhD student from the NUS Food Science and Technology Program. She recounted, “Fermented soy products, such as soybean paste and miso, are common in Asian food culture. When I was young, my grandparents explained to me how these fermented foods are made. The fermentation process was like magic to me – it transforms bland food into something delicious.”Related StoriesPoor sleep linked to a lack of essential vitamins and mineralsProbiotic containing common gut bacterium could halve cardiovascular disease ratesYeast species thrives, despite losing DNA repair genes years ago”During my undergraduate studies at NUS, I worked on a project to examine how soy milk can be infused into different food items, and I realized that a huge amount of okara was being discarded. It occurred to me that fermentation can be one good way to convert unwanted okara into something that is nutritious and tastes good,” she added.Under the guidance of Assoc Prof Liu, Ms Vong took a year to devise a novel recipe that converts okara into a beverage that is fruity and refreshing. She experimented with 10 different yeasts and four different enzymes before coming up with an ideal combination.The final recipe uses the probiotic strain Lactobacillus paracasei L26, the Viscozyme ® L enzyme and the Lindnera saturnus NCYC 22 yeast to convert the okara into a nutritious drink that achieves a minimum of 1 billion probiotics per serving, which is the current recommendation by the International Scientific Association for Probiotics and Prebiotics to achieve maximum health benefits. The drink, which takes about one and a half days to produce, also contains free isoflavones, which are naturally occurring antioxidants that maintain cardiovascular health, as well as dietary fiber and amino acids.Next step: Refining the recipe for commercializationThe NUS researchers have filed a patent for their novel technique, and are currently experimenting with different enzymes and microorganisms to refine their recipe. They are also looking to collaborate with industry partners to introduce the drink to consumers.”In recent years, the food and beverage industry has been intensifying efforts to develop products that appeal to consumers who are increasingly health conscious. Our new product offers soy food manufacturers a viable solution to reduce waste, and also enables them to provide a healthy and eco-friendly beverage for their customers,” said Assoc Prof Liu. Source: read more