An early rendering for The Beat project in North Long Beach.

Business developers in North Long Beach are asking residents for their input in figuring out what kind of shops and restaurants they want to see in their neighborhoods.

As development around a mix-use housing project called The Beat continues, the Uptown Business Improvement District posted on social media asking for input on eateries they think should be part of the project.

Joni Ricks-Oddie, Uptown BID board member, said the public’s input would help guide developers in seeking out retail shops residents actually want.

Commenter Amanda Griswold on Facebook wrote that she said wanted to see a vegetarian dining option and for place to have a brunch. Liz Gonzalez, another commenter, wrote that she wanted a book lounge.

Ricks-Oddie said an over arching theme she’s heard is a need for mom-and-pop shops and restaurants.

Public input has helped drive other North Long Beach developments in the past, Ricks-Oddie said. With the addition of Uptown Commons–– a Steel Craft-type restaurant plaza–– opening on Atlantic Avenue and Artesia Boulevard, residents are starting to see more contemporary dining options usually found in downtown or in Belmont Shore.