City Seeks Interested Parties for Development, Construction and Operation of a New Civic Center
2013-04-29 · By Editor
Friday, the City of Long Beach released a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) inviting interested parties to offer their qualifications in connection with development, construction and operation of a new Civic Center.
“This project represents an opportunity to replace aging infrastructure through creative public/private financing mechanisms at little to no additional cost,” said Mayor Bob Foster.
The goal of any partnership with a developer would be to limit the City’s annual costs to its current expenditures for City Hall, and provide enough space to accommodate employees who are currently working in leased facilities.
The City of Long Beach currently pays $12.57 million in annual costs for the Civic Center, including $7.84 million for operating costs; $2.6 million for debt service, and $2.13 million for off-site leases throughout the city to locate employees, who could be relocated back to the Civic Center if additional space were provided.
The Long Beach City Council authorized the release of the RFQ on February 12, 2013.
The City is soliciting qualifications from project teams capable of delivering a high-quality project in where the project team will design, build, finance, operate, and maintain a Civic Center throughout a minimum 30-year lifecycle. If approved, the project would comprise a new City Hall and Main Library, the revitalization of Lincoln Park into a destination park, and may further include a permanent headquarters building for the Port of Long Beach.
Constructed in the mid-1970s, the Civic Center was designed in the International style of architecture with an extensive use of board-formed concrete. In May 2007, engineering studies identified significant seismic deficiencies in the Long Beach City Hall building.
These studies also concluded that retrofitting City Hall to address the seismic deficiencies and building code upgrades would cost approximately $170 million in current dollars. Since the building is over 40 years old and functionally obsolete, considering a new Civic Center complex is warranted.
“Quite frankly, our Civic Center design lacks human scale, is difficult to access and does little to assert the importance and value of the public realm,” said Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, who represents the 2nd District. “This project is worth considering because a new Civic Center would emphasize a mixed-use, walkable environment that is more compatible with the existing urban fabric and small block development of the Downtown core.”
The Civic Center RFQ can be found online at www.lbds.info. Closing date is July 26, 2013 at 4:00 pm Pacific Standard Time. All submissions are to be delivered/addressed to:
City of Long Beach
Attn: Michael P. Conway
Director of Business & Property Development
333 W. Ocean, 13th Floor
Long Beach, CA 90802
For more information, contact Michael Conway, Director of Business & Property Development, at 562.570.5282 or Michael.Conway@longbeach.gov.