To scroll through the renderings, use the gallery above.
We have an extensive series on how the new Long Beach Civic Center has come to be. For Part I, which explores the two proposals and the history of the civic center rebuild, click here. For Part II, which explores the option of possibly keeping the current civic center intact, click here. For Part III, which explores the City’s developer/design choice, click here.
Plenary/Edgemoor Civic Partnership (PECP)—the developing group who will be spearheading the creation of Long Beach’s new Civic Center—presented a study session at last night’s Planning Commission meeting that unveiled a few new renderings (gallery above) and few new details.
The biggest news of the night (and we’re not kidding) was the unveiling of a new restroom for Lincoln Park along with the addition of a stage on the southern end after PECP spoke with theatre experts as to where the best place for a smaller venue would be. [Pictured right]
The bathroom, which harkens to the mid-mod style of the Killingsworth Master Plan for Cal State Long Beach, will be slightly east of a dog park proposed for the southwestern end of the park area.
Some other tidbits:
- The design’s civic style—a mixture of classic Greek and mid-mod—was met with a distasteful public opinion, often being referred to as “more office than City Hall,” prompting PECP to incorporate more metal and glass but keep the same aesthetic.
- Worries about the City requesting another Civic Center in 40 years (since the current Gibbs/Killingsworth structure is that young), PECP assured that they will be returning the Civic Center back to the City in “85% new condition.”
- Approval of the commercial development portion, which sits between City Hall/Port headquarters on the west and Lincoln Park/Main Library on the east, will be the last portion to be developed following market analysis. This is both not shocking but worrisome: this area has the tallest building within it, a building that could alter the skyline as well as stop developers from creating more stubby buildings that don’t contribute to density (e.g. the Seaside Way developments)
- The parcel at 3rd and Pacific set for residential is “currently encumbered by existing uses” according to PECP.
When Mayor Robert Garcia said this isn’t a project but a team effort, we applauded him. Let’s hope this isn’t becoming a bureaucratic project because, frankly put, this development is just far too important.