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ON THE CIVIC CENTER ISSUE.

  

LONG BEACH HERITAGE CALL TO ACTION

October 22, 2013

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND: CITY COUNCIL MEETING TUESDAY, OCTOBER 22, 2013 5:00 p.m.

CITY HALL COUNCIL CHAMBERS – 101 Pacific Avenue, 90822

CIVIC CENTER REVITALIZATION:

Now that the new courthouse is complete, the City of Long Beach is embarking on an ambitious project to revitalize the downtown Civic Center that currently includes Main Library, City Hall and Lincoln Park. This project might include a retrofit and renovation of the existing structures, or the opportunity to build a completely new Civic Center through a Public Private Partnership.

In June 2013, the City issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ), which included the possibility of locating Main Library outside of the newly proposed Civic Center (RFQ Pg. 4) and downsizing it to half its current size (RFQ Pg 8). Library supporters are concerned about these two items and feel it is very important that: Main Library remain a central part of the revitalized Civic Center.

Experts in library design and planning be consulted to help determine the size and scope that will best fulfill the current and future needs of patrons.

The process for creating a revitalized Civic Center needs to be open and transparent.

YOUR HELP IS NEEDED:

Please attend the City Council meeting on Tuesday, October 22. The City Council will be discussing the options for the future of the Civic Center. It is important that the City Council know this is an important issue to Long Beach residents.

Your presence will help ensure a transparent process and show the City that this issue is important to the community. Library support groups will have buttons, stickers and pennants to help visually show the support for this issue. You do not need to speak, unless you have questions about the process. Selected speakers will present strategic messages.

WHY THIS ISSUE MATTERS:

City Council’s decision regarding the future of the Civic Center will affect residents, taxpayers and downtown business owners for generations to come.

Main Library is the Central Hub for the Library System, which receives more than 1.3 million visitations each year. Downsizing Main Library will affect operations at the 11 neighborhood libraries.

Driver of Literacy and Education - With low literacy rates in both youth and adults, a robust Main Library is more important than ever.

Future of the Long Beach Civic Center

 

Click here to watch the YouTube video about this issue. 

 


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By Wendy Harn, Advocacy Vice President

The Planning Commission approved the Downtown Plan at their November 10 meeting. The approval process has definitely been a learning experience for me. Although LBH supported approval, we are continuing to research properties in the Downtown Plan area, as there are many properties we believe deserve a more thorough review. This continuing review has the approval of city staff, as noted in the following email excerpt from Steve Gerhardt, AICP Senior Planner, Long Beach Development Services, Planning Bureau: “…staff is not recommending including any single family dwellings or civic/public buildings. The 8 we did add in the Final EIR are multiple family residential, commercial or mixed use structures. We expect that the conversation about including additional properties will continue as LB Heritage research continues.

To stay up to date with the most current Advocacy issues, refer to our current newsletter.

By Wendy Harn, Advocacy Vice President

Dave Waller and Karen Highberger are continuing to work on strengthening the Historic District Coalition. They have met with officers of several Historic Districts to identify each district’s needs. One goal is to develop an ongoing communications infrastructure between the LBH and the Historic Districts.

LBH is committed to reactivating the Mills Act and with assisting with Historic District code enforcement issues. Adaptive Reuse Ordinance Approved John Thomas successfully championed the development of the Adaptive Reuse Ordinance on behalf of LBH. The City Council approved this ordinance at their October 10, 2011 meeting. This is a significant component of the Historic Preservation Element. Great job, John!

UPDATE: Roosevelt School was demolished in November 2012


Roosevelt SchoolBy Louise Ivers     

Long Beach Heritage has responded to the Environmental Impact Report (EIR) that outlines the immanent demolition of Theodore Roosevelt School at 1574 Linden Avenue. This distinctive Streamline Moderne structure was designed by noted Long Beach architect George Kahrs in 1935 [fig.1]. It will be replaced by a group of contemporary buildings constructed around a landscaped playground and funded with $38,700,000 from Measure K bonds. The recently published EIR , however, identifies two alternatives: no project and major renovation. Long Beach Heritage strongly advocates for the latter alternative. Major renovation would ensure that the Streamline Moderne classroom building be saved and upgraded with twenty-first century technology. The temporary bungalows would be razed and replaced with new construction. Major renovation is the most environmentally sound alternative as well because it will not use as many new materials or cause as much pollution from the demolition process.