DLBA to Honor Local Business Owners at Annual Celebrate Downtown Event

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The Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) will host its annual Celebrate Downtown event on Thursday, February 13 from 5 – 9 p.m. on Pine Avenue between 3rd and 4th Streets. With the theme Celebrating the Growth and Revitalization of Downtown, this event will highlight the progress made in Downtown Long Beach, with an emphasis on Pine Avenue, and honor individuals who made a significant investment and impact in Downtown.

This year’s event will be held on Pine Avenue to commemorate the groundbreaking of the Pine Avenue Improvement Project, which will transform Pine Avenue into a cohesive centerpiece for Downtown. It will include numerous pedestrian enhancements, from new street trees and planting, to creative lighting and hardscape improvements. This project will bring a new vitality to Downtown Long Beach through improved connectivity and a better pedestrian experience.

“Pine Avenue has served as the iconic major corridor connecting neighborhoods in Long Beach for decades,” said Kraig Kojian, President and CEO of the DLBA. “We’ve worked closely with the City of Long Beach and Downtown stakeholders to incorporate physical enhancements and look forward to celebrating the groundbreaking of this significant project with the entire Downtown community.”

In addition to a groundbreaking, the event will include the Spirit of Downtown Award, which is presented to individuals and organizations that make significant contributions to the Downtown community. The 2014 award will be presented to Eric Carr, Downtown resident and former President of the Downtown Residential Council (DRC), Gabe Gordon, owner of Beachwood BBQ and Brewing and Kerstin Kansteiner, owner of Berlin Bistro and Portfolio Coffee House. All three honorees are deeply committed to Downtown Long Beach and have made a positive impact on the community through their time and investment.

“The unheralded contributions made by Eric, Gabe and Kerstin to their neighborhoods and community embody the spirit of Downtown Long Beach,” added Kojian. “In addition to investing in Downtown through their businesses and residence, these honorees serve as strong partners and ambassadors for our community.”

The  event is open to the public and will feature a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Pine Avenue Improvement Project, live music from Long Beach Caravan Trio and complementary refreshments from North Pine establishments Hamburger Mary’s, Kress Market and Public Beer and Wine.

This is a free event; however space is limited and an RSVP is required to attend. Interested parties should call 562-436-4259 or email info@dlba.org. Two hours of free parking is available at the City Place parking structures for all guests.

For more information about the DLBA, its programs and events, please visit www.downtownlongbeach.org or call 562-436-4259.

About DLBA: Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA) is a non-profit organization operating on behalf of the property owners and tenants of the Business Improvement District. It is dedicated to the management, marketing, security, maintenance, advocacy, and economic and community development of the assessment districts in cooperation with the City of Long Beach and the private sector. For additional information, please see www.downtownlongbeach.org.

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