A Walking Tour of Long Beach

APA California Chapter, Los Angeles Section


Saturday, June 27, 2009
10 a.m. - 4 p.m. PDT

Long Beach, CA, United States

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Please join us in touring Long Beach's latest and greatest. We will be meeting at Union Station at 10 am and take the Blue Metro Line to meet our tour guides. The tour will culminate at the Boardwalk for those interested in continuing the Long Beach experience. The Tour: The walking tour will focus on recent developments in Downtown Long Beach, including new residential development within the Downtown Core, near the Metro BlueLine, new entertainment and restaurants in the Pike and near the Aquarium of the Pacific, and recent renovations in the East Village and Willmore City Historic District. Discussion will focus on the preparation of an innovative Downtown Community Plan that will provide urban design guidance to the flexible form-based zoning and development standards that will shape the next wave of development Downtown. The tour will also include a discussion of GreenPort initiatives by the Port of Long Beach. The tour will end with a ride on the Big Red Bus (double-decker) to the periphery of Downtown and other nearby points of interest. LBC Staff leading the Tour: David S. White, Redevelopment Project Officer for the Central Project Area Jamilla Vollmann, Redevelopment Project Manager for the Downtown Community Plan Steve Gerhardt, AICP, Senior Planner Select Tour Stops Will Include: Renaissance Square A 12,000-square-foot mixed-use facility completed in the summer of 2004. The ground floor of the Project is leased to Union Bank of California and Operation Hope to provide tailored financial services and literacy programs to the surrounding community. The second floor is the Center for Working Families, which provides employment assistance to local residents. Location: 1900 Atlantic Avenue Broadway Block Proposed mixed-use project to consist of an art center, residential units and commercial space. Developers: Williams & Dame Development Capstone Development Location: Broadway, Long Beach Blvd., 3rd St., and Elm Avenue The East Village The East Village is an eclectic arts district within Downtown Long Beach. Current redevelopment efforts include streetscape improvements such as pedestrian level street lighting and the renovation of the Downtown Vons Grocery Store. Location: Elm to Alamitos, 1st Street to 7th Street Downtown Bikestation The first facility of its kind in the U.S. • Bicycling and transit information and classes • Secure, indoor, 24/7 bicycle parking • Bicycle repairs, rental, and retail • Electric vehicle rental • Snack shop • Manages City’s Bike Share Program Location: 221 First Street WPA Mural & MTA Parking Lot Expansion Upgrade and one floor vertical expansion of the existing CityPlace Garage C to accommodate 220 new public parking spaces, 125 of which are to be designed as transit-related spaces as required by an MOU with the MTA for grant funding in the amount of $3,078,000. The design will also include solar photovoltaic panels atop carports on the top floor providing partial covered parking. Designer: URS Corporation Location: 3rd Street and The Promenade CityPlace Mixed-use development with 450,000 square feet of retail on the sites of the former Long Beach Plaza mall and the adjacent property. Major tenants include Wal-Mart, Nordstrom Rack, Ross, Anna’s Linens, Big 5 Sporting Goods, CVS, and Albertsons. -293 units of market-rate housing — rental and for-sale -Project Completed: Fall 2004 Developer: Developers Diversified Realty Location: Covers eight city blocks & is bound by 3rd Street to the south, 6th Street to the north, Pine Avenue to the west & Elm Avenue to the east.

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