Civic Center Project Designs Become Available For Public Review Today

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Designs for the Long Beach Civic Center project will be unveiled for public review during two public meetings today, August 20.

“Our new Civic Center design is bold, timeless, and creates a world class Downtown Library and park,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “These designs were developed with input from hundreds of residents who participated in our community meetings and forums. I am also especially proud that so many local architects provided ideas and feedback on the proposed new designs.”

  • The Parks and Recreation Commission will review amenities for the redesigned park, during a Study Session at 9:00 am at the El Dorado Park West Community Center Senior Center Library, 2800 N. Studebaker Road.
  • The Planning Commission will review the design of the buildings during a Study Session at 5:00 pm at Long Beach City Hall Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd.

Public comment will be taken at both meetings, but no action will be taken.

“It’s very gratifying to see the passion, intelligence and vision of our community members shaping the new Civic Center,” said Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal.

The public portions of the Long Beach Civic Center Project include a new seismically safe Long Beach City Hall, Port of Long Beach Headquarters and Main Library, along with a redesigned park. The private portions of the project include transit-oriented mixed-used developments, high-rise condominiums and retail.

“The new Civic Center will energize Downtown Long Beach with new and exciting economic opportunities,” said Councilwoman Lena Gonzalez.

The Civic Center project features lease-leaseback, and Design-Bid-Finance-Operate-Maintain (DBFOM) public-private partnerships, which are designed to keep the City’s annual payment at approximately the same amount that the City currently pays for Civic Center maintenance and operation, as well as off-site leases, adjusted for future inflation.

The Civic Center project is necessary, as the existing City Hall and Main Library have been found to be seismically deficient. The Civic Center project will generate more than 3,700 direct and indirect jobs in Long Beach.

Community outreach for the Long Beach Civic Center project has featured more than 65 meetings, including at least one meeting in each Council District, 26 community meetings, three special purpose meetings and 28 stakeholder meetings. Community input included a desire to improve the look of the buildings, and participants shared their ideas on multiple topics, including walkability, retail/restaurants, events/programming, parking and budget.

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