Long Beach Recommended to Receive State Grants Totaling Over $1 Million
2012-05-07 · By Editor
The City of Long Beach is being recommended for two grant awards by the Strategic Growth Council. Long Beach anticipates a Sustainable Communities Planning Grant award of $929,000 to fund an amendment to the City’s Local Coastal Program and Southeast Area Development and Improvement Plan (SEADIP); as well as a $170,000 award for the Willmore Courts and Ways Demonstration Project through the Strategic Growth Council’s Urban Greening Grant Program. Both awards have regional and citywide benefits.
“Thanks to California’s Department of Conservation, Long Beach will have the ability to pursue sustainability goals as a City while exploring quality developments, including the restoration of the Los Cerritos Wetlands,” says Mayor Bob Foster.
A revision of SEADIP, the planning area that is the southeast gateway into Long Beach, has been a long time coming. Adopted in 1977, SEADIP is the primary planning and development guide for the southeastern portion of Long Beach. The City Council formally requested staff to identify funding to update SEADIP in December 2011. The $929,000 award of Sustainable Communities Planning Grant funds will help Long Beach complete the SEADIP update.
“Community involvement will drive the SEADIP update,” says Gary DeLong, 3rd District Councilmember. “This is an opportunity to set the foundation for future economic development by identifying community benefits and locations for infill development, strategies to preserve wetlands resources, and ways to reduce vehicle miles traveled and greenhouse gas emissions.”
The City’s second award is for the Willmore Courts and Ways Project, a sustainable urban greening demonstration project that will be funded through the Strategic Growth Councils Urban Greening Grant Program.
“This is great news for the Willmore neighborhood and the Courts and Ways Demonstration Project,” says Robert Garcia, 1st District Councilmember. “This project is a great example of how infrastructure improvements can become opportunities for creating green and sustainable features within a community.”
The innovative designs that are part of the Willmore Courts and Ways project will serve as a model for transforming deteriorated alleyways into intimately scaled pedestrian walkways. This particular project will close a portion of an alley in the Willmore City Historic District to vehicular traffic and incorporate stormwater management features, native plants, permeable pavers and sustainable enhancements.
Long Beach is committed to revitalizing areas of need within the City. The City anticipates the Strategic Growth Council will approve these grant awards on May 10, 2012.