12 Jul 2016
City officials broke ground on the new Long Beach Civic Center, which is being developed under an innovative public-private partnership with Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners.
The project includes a new City Hall, Port Headquarters and Main Library, along with a re-activated Lincoln Park and new residential, retail and hotel commercial development.
“The new Civic Center will strengthen the connection between City Hall and the community, help revitalize the Downtown core and generate thousands of jobs,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
“We would like to thank the City and the Port for the opportunity to be in a long-term partnership delivering this transformative project, which will write a new chapter in the story of Long Beach,” said Plenary Concessions Executive Chairman Dale Bonner.
Located on the site of the former Long Beach Courthouse, the new City Hall and Port Headquarters will highlight governmental consolidation, shared use and functional synergy; the design will promote more openness and inclusiveness with the community.
The development will be seismically safe and sustainably built, it will include solar power and rain water storage systems, and it is targeted to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold standard for environmental efficiency.
The new Main Library will embrace new technology and will provide free and equal access to information and support for lifelong-learning.
The re-activated Lincoln Park will be highly functional and will support planned programs and events. Amenities will include a multi-purpose event space, a dog park and a children’s play area.
The project is scheduled to be complete in June 2019.
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