Public Invited to Open Houses and Study Session on Long Beach Civic Center

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The public is invited to attend two open houses and a City Council Study Session and share their thoughts regarding the future of the Long Beach Civic Center. The Civic Center has significant seismic deficiencies, and the City Council recently held a study session to receive presentations from two project teams to design, build, finance, operate and maintain a new Civic Center and Main Library, and revitalize Lincoln Park.

“The City of Long Beach is continuing its extensive outreach program to keep the public informed and involved throughout the entire process,” Mayor Robert Garcia said.

Two open houses to view the models and meet the project teams are scheduled:

  • November 1, 2014, 9 am to noon
    Admiral Kidd Park, 2125 Santa Fe Ave.
  • November 8, 2014, noon to 3 pm
    Rogers Middle School, at the corner of Appian Way and Monrovia Avenue

The City Council Study Session is scheduled:

  • November 11, 2014, 4 pm
    Houghton Park Senior Center 6301 Myrtle Ave.

In an effort to embrace a greater level of transparency and provide additional opportunities for public education and input, a number of City Council study sessions on the Civic Center proposals are being scheduled. These study sessions are intended to further engage and educate the public regarding the process to date and process moving forward, and for the public to provide testimony to the City Council regarding the Civic Center project prior to any action by the City Council to consider the selection of a project team. The study sessions are informational only, and will be held throughout the city to encourage broad participation by residents. If the City decides to move forward and select a project team, will then will launch a six- to nine-month community outreach and education process on the new Civic Center and private development, with meetings in every City Council district.

The community can also provide input by visiting visit and filling out a comment card or taking a survey.

A specific project goal is to ensure that the City’s cost to operate, occupy and maintain any new City Hall and Main Library is no greater than its current costs, but including CPI increases. The Civic Center project may also include a permanent headquarters building for the Port of Long Beach and provide opportunities for private development.

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