Despite concerted efforts to address the construction occurring for the Pine Avenue Improvement Project, some DTLB residents were awoken last night at the sounds the grates, jackhammering and trucks as street resurfacing took place in the wee hours.
Stretching from 7th Street to Broadway, nighttime construction will occur between 10PM nightly this week through Friday, February 20 at 11AM. It will pick up again on Monday, February 23 at 10PM and run through Friday, February 26 at 11AM.
Perhaps the sole source of notifications has been the concerted effort of the Downtown Long Beach Associates (DLBA), whose presence on social and online media has been active. Sean Warner, Placemaking Manager for the DLBA, noted that residents and curious minds can access regular updates about the project through the DLBA’s many digital outlets. These include:
More importantly, should you have any questions, the City of Long Beach has created a Project Hotline at (562) 908-3516 should you have questions or concerns.
The original RDA streetscape improvement plan began in 2009 with public meetings, culminating in a four-phase project: 1st Street from Long Beach Blvd to Pacific Ave; Pine Ave from 1st Street to 8th Street; Pine Ave from Shoreline Dr to Ocean Blvd; and a three-street final phase that included 3rd Street and Broadway from Long Beach Blvd to Pacific Ave as well as a small stretch of 1st Street from Linden Ave to Long Beach Blvd.
Of course, the dissolving of the RDA in 2012 left many projects such as these either in ruins (ArtExchange, anyone?) or realigned (the Promenade). Pine thankfully falls into the latter and instead of a massive, multi-street project thrown into four phases, the new Pine development has smartly focus on Pine alone and, even better, extended its reach further north into the more unrecognized and underserved stretch of Pine.
The updated project kicked off last year and has since been in the throes of developmental back-and-forths, with schedules altering and construction delayed. However, organizers estimate that the final segment of Pine to be improved—south of Ocean—will be finished during the summer in order to not interfere with the Grand Prix in April.
Disclosure: Brian Addison is an employee of the DLBA and currently serves as their Communications Manager.