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Civic Center Outreach

Civic Center Project Background
The City of Long Beach has selected Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners (PECP) as its preferred development team to design, build, finance, and operate a new City Hall and Main Library on the current 15.6 acre Civic Center site. The project will also include a permanent headquarters building for the Port of Long Beach, the revitalization of Lincoln Park, private development, and potentially a new hotel. Visit the City's Civic Center project website at or the PECP project website at for additional information.

Below is a rendering of the proposed Library, Civic Center, Port Building, Police, and Fire headquarters. 

DLBA Stakeholder Outreach
The DLBA recognizes the important role the Long Beach Civic Center has in our Downtown and is committed to making it a place of pride in our community now and in the future. During the course of the City’s Civic Center project the DLBA is providing multiple opportunities for Downtown stakeholders to share their thoughts and ideas about the future of the Civic Center.

As an advocate for safe, attractive and vibrant public spaces, the DLBA has hosted numerous Civic Center focused community forums to give DTLB stakeholders an opportunity to share their vision for the Civic Center. The feedback obtained at the community forums held in January and March of 2014 was compiled in a report titled Stakeholder Outreach Summary for the Long Beach Civic Center. Input received during the DLBA Board of Directors meeting held on April 15, 2015 has been compiled into a infographic titled Shaping the Vision for the Long Beach Civic Center

The DLBA will continue to play an active role in the coming months and years by giving our stakeholders a voice in the process. We look forward to working with Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners and the City in making the new Long Beach Civic Center a world-class space for our community. 

DLBA Board Interactive Exercise – April 15, 2015
Following multiple outreach meetings where the DTLB community was asked to share their vision for the new Long Beach Civic Center, we convened DTLB stakeholders, business owners, and residents to look at Plenary-Edgmoor Civic Partners (PECP) proposed Civic Center design in order to help shape it. From public space to public safety, special events to retail, we asked our stakeholders to look at the current proposal and note what are the most important features that should be considered in the final design. Click here to view a PDF of the input received during the exercise.

Celebrate Downtown – February 19, 2015
The DLBA offered a unique opportunity for Downtown residents and stakeholders to meet Plenary/Edgemoor Civic Partnership (PECP),the Civic Center development team, with an unmoderated, communal approach to address the proposed development’s hopes and concerns. PECP was a featured part of DLBA's annual Celebrate Downtown event at Lincoln Park. Attendees were encouraged to talk to PECP about the project, take a closer look at a 3D model and participate in a survey.

Interactive Workshop – March 19, 2014
On March 19 the DLBA hosted its second Civic Center stakeholder outreach event, designed to build off the key themes that emerged from the visioning session in January. The workshop, located at First Congregational Church in Downtown, provided an opportunity for attendees to share their input about the future of the Civic Center in a fun and interactive setting.

The stakeholder input portion of the workshop consisted of four topical stations: Land Uses and Activities, Public Realm, Open Spaces and Public Amenities, and Our Downtown. Visual preference surveys and brainstorming questions were presented on multiple boards displayed throughout the room and provided an opportunity for stakeholders to offer input about topics related to the design and function of civic spaces. View highlights of the workshop below.

Highlights of community member’s vision for the Civic Center include: 

  • Safe and inviting public spaces that offer seating, eating areas, and public art and provide places for people to relax, socialize, and recreate.
  • Public gathering spaces that accommodate fairs, festivals, and other events that draw people to the Civic Center and create a sense of place in Downtown Long Beach.
  • State of the art main library and facilities that provide art, education, and cultural programs for residents of all ages.
  • Adaptive reuse of the existing city hall and main library structures
  • Entertainment and events including music, theater, art, farmers market, and festivals.
  • A safe and convenient pedestrian network that includes shade trees, lighting, seating, public art, and wayfinding.
  • A civic center that represents the uniqueness of Long Beach and the people who live here.

The DLBA provided the City and development team finalists the input that is contained in the Stakeholder Outreach Summary. Click here to download a PDF copy of the report.

Stakeholder Visioning – January 22, 2014
On January 22 the DLBA hosted its first Civic Center outreach event where nearly 100 residents, business owners, and other Downtown stakeholders gathered to discuss their vision for the Long Beach Civic Center. Surrounded by poster boards and projected slideshows providing historical context and inspiration, attendees shared their ideas on three wall size sheets of paper, as well as on “I Want ‘fill in the blank’ in the Long Beach Civic Center” placards. Click here to view the infographic highlighting the key themes that emerged from the visioning exercise.

Next Steps

In November of 2015 Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners (PECP) presented their revised Civic Center design plans to the public at multiple public forums, including Planning Commission and City Council. In December 2015 the Long Beach City Council approved plans for the revised Civic Center design.

Over the course of the community outreach and entitlement process the DLBA will continue its advocacy on behalf of our stakeholders by working with PECP and the City of Long Beach to provide opportunities for community input as well as keeping stakeholders informed of project related news. By working together with our stakeholders and partners the DLBA is committed to making the new Long Beach Civic Center a world-class space for our community.

Previous Meetings
Tuesday, December 15, 2015 @ 5PM
City Council Hearing on Civic Center Project
1st Floor Council Chamber 
333 W Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday, November 9, 2015 @ 5PM
Planning Commission Special Hearing
1st Floor Council Chamber 
333 W Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802

Thursday August 20, 2015 @ 5PM
Civic Center Design Study Session
Long Beach City Hall
333 W Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802

Click here to view the presentation.

Thursday August 20, 2015 @ 9AM
Lincoln Park Design Study Session
El Dorado Park West Community Center, Senior Center Library
2800 N. Studebaker Rd. Long Beach, CA 90815

Saturday, May 30, 2015 @ 10AM
Main Library Visioning
Main Library Auditorium
101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Thursday April 30, 2015 @ 5PM
SEIR Scoping Meeting
Main Library, Lower Lobby
101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Friday, April 24, 2015 @ 5PM
Lincoln Park Visioning
Main Library Auditorium
101 Pacific Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Monday, March 16, 2015 @ 7PM
Downtown Residential Council Civic Center Forum
Scottish Rite Event Center
855 Elm Ave, Long Beach, CA 90813

Saturday, March 7, 2015 @ 10AM
Civic Center Community Meeting
Cesar Chavez Park Community Center
401 Golden Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Thursday, February 26, 2015 @ 6:30PM
Civic Center Community Meeting
Bixby Park Community Center
130 Cherry Ave, Long Beach, CA 90802

Tuesday, December 9, 2014 @ 5PM
Civic Center Hearing on Staff Recommendation
Long Beach City Hall
333 W Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802

Saturday, November 8 from Noon - 3PM

Open House
Rogers Middle School, at the corner of Appian Way and Monrovia Avenue

Tuesday, November 11, 2014 @ 4PM
Civic Center Study Session
Houghton Park Community Center
6301 Myrtle Ave. Long Beach, CA 90805

Saturday, November 1, 2014 from 9AM - Noon

Open House
Admiral Kidd Park
2125 Santa Fe Ave. Long Beach, CA 90810

Monday, October 27, 2014 @ 6PM
Harbor Commission Meeting
- Project Team Presentations
Port Interim Administrative Offices
4801 Airport Plaza Drive, Long Beach, CA 90815

Tuesday, October 14, 2014 @ 4PM
Civic Center Study Session
- Project Team Presentations
Long Beach City Hall
333 W Ocean Blvd. Long Beach, CA 90802

September 16, 2014 @ 4PM

Civic Center Study Session
Long Beach City College Board Room
4901 East Carson St., Building T, Room 1100

Shaping the Vision

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Stakeholder Outreach Summary

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Your Vision...

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