Initiatives and Planning
Civic Center Outreach
The City of Long Beach and developer Plenary-Edgemoor Civic Partners (PECP) have embarked on the transformation of the Long Beach Civic Center complex that will include a new City Hall and Main Library, a permanent headquarters building for the Port of Long Beach, a revitalized Lincoln Park, and new residences and a hotel. As an advocate for safe, attractive and vibrant public spaces, the DLBA hosted numerous Civic Center focused community forums to give DTLB stakeholders an opportunity to share their vision for the new Civic Center.
Community Member’s Vision
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.
In December 2014 the DLBA and City of Long Beach entered into a funding agreement to replace all coin operated meters in the Downtown area with smart meters, thus making parking in DTLB more convenient, while giving the City the ability to better manage its parking assets through the collection of parking data. The DLBA was able to secure a commitment from the City to dedicate all new net revenue (generated within the first two years of the operation of the new smart parking meters) to improvements to parking infrastructure and operations in the Downtown area. The DLBA is committed to continuing to work with the City to ensure that the smart parking meters are utilized to their full potential and contribute to a positive experience for visitors to Downtown.
Downtown Waterfront Study
The DTLB waterfront is home to tourist attractions like the Aquarium of the Pacific, Performing Arts Center and Rainbow Harbor, as well as world-class events like the Long Beach Grand Prix, Pride Festival, and Marathon. The area also includes office towers, residential high rises, hotels and major shopping destinations. However, these uses and attractions sit within a half square mile area that is unpleasant for pedestrians to navigate due to wide streets, narrow and missing sidewalks and lack of pedestrian oriented buildings.
Recognizing the need to create stronger pedestrian connectivity within Downtown’s waterfront, as well as between the waterfront and other downtown neighborhoods, the DLBA enlisted the expertise of the Urban Land Institute to explore and develop recommendations to improve pedestrian activity in the area. The report findings included short- and long-term recommendations focused around creating a great place beloved by residents that, in turn, attracts visitors.
Extending the urban fabric of Downtown’s historic neighborhoods towards the waterfront
- Reconfiguring Marina Green Park into a true waterfront park with active uses to attract residents
- Creating a governance structure that can address a long term vision for the waterfront area
- Activation of the vacant lot on the southeast corner of Ocean Blvd. and Pine Ave
- Clever pedestrian wayfinding to create a seamless user experience
- Adding pop-up plazas and vendors along Pine Ave south of Ocean to help connect the Downtown core to the Waterfront attractions