On Monday, July 29, from 6-8 p.m. The City of Long Beach will celebrate the grand opening of the new Civic Center, which includes a new City Hall, Port Headquarters, and a new Main Library opening on September 21, 2019. This event will be located on the site of the former Long Beach Courthouse.
During the grand opening, the plaza will have many resources from Departments throughout the City, and will include entertainment, food trucks and a flag-raising ceremony. The community will be able to tour the lobby levels of the new City Hall and Port buildings as well as the Bob Foster Civic Chambers.
Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners President Tracy Egoscue stated that “The Board is excited to be part of the new downtown Civic Center and this location will allow the Port to partner more closely with other City departments” and how pleased they are to be closer to the port stakeholders and fulfill their mission to benefit the local, state and national economy.
The opening also marks a major milestone in the innovative public-private partnership with Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners. The $520 million project was designed to bring a revitalized civic core to downtown to serve residents, attract visitors and provide safe and efficient city operations. In 2014, City Council approved a plan to partner with Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners on a new Civic Center. The project obligates Plenary-Edgemoor to design, build, finance, operate and maintain the new civic center for the next 40 years. The Port financed its new headquarters separately, using revenue bonds.
This area will also include a private development portion, the project is expected to include transit-oriented mixed-used developments, high-rise condominiums and retail.
“We look forward to welcoming the community to their new Civic Center,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “This development is the centerpiece of the new Downtown Long Beach, a vibrant, booming and rejuvenated neighborhood.
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By Scarled Murillo @scarledmurillo