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For those interested in the MillWorks project on 7th and Pine Ave, visit their Facebok page for updates: www.facebook.com/MillworksLB.

They have plenty of updates including photos of the site. What a great project for North Pine!
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Gazettes is reporting Michael's Restaurant in Naples was awarded #1 Italian restaurant and its counterpart #1 pizzeria in all of Los Angeles according to Zagat. The article also hints that they plan on opening another pizzeria location on 3rd and the Promenade between December and February.

With the imminent opening of The Stave on Broadway and the Promenade, things are really coming together down there. Are there any other vacancies left on the Promenade? Someone just might have to develop the last northwest parcel if the city can ever figure out what to do with the RDA properties.
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The LB Post is reporting the opening of a new public space across the street from Fingerprints and Berlin near 4th Street and Elm in the East Village. By restriping the parking lot, they were able to add one more parking space to the lot, bike corrals, and lounging space for passerbys.

Nice to see Long Beach thinking differently about its public space.

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Photos from the Long Beach Business Journal:

Approaching Fiscal Cliff Threatens Recent Gains in Real Estate


"Construction continues on the third and final phase of The Promenade North block, between Broadway and 3rd Street in Downtown Long Beach. Bike racks, dog-friendly pathways and green spaces will round out the development, which includes the Harvey Milk Promenade Park (not pictured) on its Northern end. The project cost for the three-block redevelopment totals almost $12 million." Photograph by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville.

Construction of Downtown Long Beach Courthouse 70 Percent Complete


"When finished in September 2013, the Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse in Downtown Long Beach will include 31 courtrooms, a jury room with an adjoining terrace, space for California justice agencies, a sally port for secure transport of criminal defendants, detention facilities, a single security entry point for visitors, a secure parking area for judges and walk-up windows for residents to pay parking citations." Photograph by the Business Journal’s Thomas McConville.
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Shoreline Gateway Back from the dead

The Gazettes is reporting that the Shoreline Gateway Project is still alive:

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UPDATED: Council Approves Downtown High Rise Development

Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2012 9:00 am | Updated: 9:30 am, Wed Nov 21, 2012.

By Jonathan Van Dyke
Staff Writer

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On Nov. 5, 2007, the Redevelopment Agency entered into an Owner Participation Agreement (OPA) with Shoreline Gateway, LLC to develop a massive project located at the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Alamitos Avenue, diagonal from Villa Riviera.

The project called for two phases: A 35-story east tower with 221 market rate ownership residential units and 12,600 square feet of retail space, and a 21-story mixed use west tower. However, the turn in the real estate economy derailed the project — and then the RDA was disbanded.

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The new plan is to move forward in reverse. Phase One would now develop the west tower. This time, the west tower would be an 18-story mixed-use development comprising 221 rental units (that could eventually become ownership condominiums) with approximately 9,500 square feet of leasable retail space.
Click here for the city management memo in support of the city council motion with what appears to be a rendering on page 9.
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The Press Telegram has an updated photo of the new Long Beach Courthouse:

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Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse under constructuion at the corner or Broadway and Magnolia Ave. A recent study by the Legislative Analysts Office questioned the public-private partnership behind the construction of the courthouse. (Stephen Carr / Staff Photographer)
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The Long Beach Post has reported on the restoration of the old American Hotel on 224 E. Broadway near the Promenade:

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Building With Colorful History Gets Bright Future

By Sarah Bennett
| Monday, 19 November 2012 18:29


In 1905, it was the headquarters for a local cult. Then it became a popular speakeasy and, later, a brothel and flophouse. When the City of Long Beach purchased the Psychic Temple building at a tax auction in 1998, its rooms were filled with several dozen long-term residents and its ground-floor retail spaces were in sad shape.

Today, the condemned and dilapidated structure at 224 E. Broadway is being primed for a long-overdue restoration, after which it will become headquarters for Long Beach-based interTrend Communications—an award-winning advertising agency that specializes in connecting Fortune 500 clients with Asian-American market segments—in what is being hailed as one of the most ambitious projects in the state since the dissolution of the redevelopment agencies program.

Announced at a media event held on the building's newly-stable third floor, interTrend's plans are to renovate the entire building, creating 15,000 square feet of mixed use space, including 4500 square feet of retail on its ground floor.


Interior of the Psychic Temple building today. From the third floor lookig down onto the second.
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A photo taken by me in June 2010 showing the American Hotel next to the Promenade:

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From the LA Times:

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Long Beach: Airport's new passenger concourse to open next week


By Mary Forgione Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger

November 30, 2012, 4:05 p.m.

The new $45-million passenger concourse at Long Beach Airport (LGB) will open Wednesday, months earlier than expected at the site that's been a landing strip in Southern California since the 1920s.

The 1941 Art Deco airport building will be enhanced by the new concourse that adds 35,000 square feet of shops and eateries, gate arrival and departure seating as well as a garden area in the middle with palm trees and other plants. The ribbon-cutting is set for 5 p.m. Wednesday.
Here's to pretty pictures being published next Wednesday.
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Here's to pretty pictures being published next Wednesday.
Too bad Long Beach has the daily cap of 41 flights. It is a great regional airport.
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Aquarium of the Pacific: Benefits by land and by sea
Economic Impact Study Released; $50 Million Expansion Underway
By Micheal Gougis - Contributing Writer
October 09, 2012 - Head for the Aquarium of the Pacific on a warm, pleasant summer weekend.

You will quickly understand exactly what Aquarium President and CEO Dr. Jerry Schubel means when he says that while the facility could, theoretically, accommodate more visitors, “It’s not the kind of experience we want to provide.”

To do a better job of providing for the animals in its care, teaching the public about the waters of the world and bringing economic benefits to the city and the surrounding community, the Aquarium has announced that it is breaking ground on a $50 million expansion project.

The expansion will not only see an increase in the size of the renowned center, but in the sophistication of the exhibits to better educate the public, Schubel says. And it will help ensure that the Aquarium will generate increased economic benefits for the city in the future, he says.

“It’s about enhancing the experience, enhancing the educational value, and being able to accommodate a larger number of visitors,” Schubel says.

The economic impact of the Aquarium continues to grow as it becomes an increasingly integrated part of the Southern California tourism industry. Make no mistake – tourism is critical to the California economy. In 2011, “total direct travel spending in California was $102.3 billion, a 7.6 percent increase from 2010 spending,” according to California Tourism Industry data.

For the City of Long Beach, the Aquarium represents a $57 million annual economic impact, according to a study conducted by the consulting firm AECOM. That is a dramatic increase from the $42 million annual impact documented in the last study, conducted in 2004.

For the greater Southern California region, the Aquarium delivers $142 million in economic benefits – broadly defined as spending, wages and employment created by the activities and presence of the facility – Schubel says. Currently, the Aquarium is responsible for 520 jobs in the city of Long Beach, and more than 1,200 jobs throughout Southern California, according to the study.

For Long Beach, the Aquarium brings money to the city from outside of its borders, Schubel adds. “About 10 percent of the visitors to the Aquarium come from Long Beach. More than 80 percent of the visitors come from elsewhere in Southern California but outside of Long Beach.”

Attracting more dollars from outside of Long Beach will be one of the benefits of the expansion program, Schubel says.

“As we grow and expand, the length of time of stay at the aquarium goes up,” he says. “So people are more apt to get another meal here in Long Beach. We’re hoping that as the city matures, the number of overnights goes up, because there will be more and more things to do in our city. We not only will be a great destination for conventions, but a destination for tourists to stay overnight.”

Expanding the offerings at the Aquarium can greatly increase the number of visitors, overnight stays in Long Beach and even memberships at the facility due to a phenomenon known as “museum fatigue.”

Basically, researchers have determined that visitors to any exhibit-based facility will last about three hours before they develop a desire to run screaming for the door. If you’ve ever tried to cram in too much museum sightseeing on an overseas vacation, you are very familiar with the feeling.

Currently, a typical visit to the Aquarium is between two hours and 30 minutes and two hours and 45 minutes, Schubel says. By expanding the facility, it will take longer for people to complete their visit – more than the three-hour mark – thus encouraging multi-night stays in the city and increasing the demand for memberships, which save money for people who visit multiple times.

It is important not to think of the expansion solely in economic terms, Schubel says. The Aquarium is a non-profit entity, aimed at educating and informing the community about the waters that cover 70 percent of the Earth’s surface. Expanding the facility, and increasing the sophistication of the delivery of that information, will allow the Aquarium to continue to improve the way it pursues its mission, as it has improved it in recent years.

“Over the last two years, we’ve added a number of new platforms like Science on a Sphere, which is part of our Ocean Science Center, and it’s an entirely new way of delivering messages about the ocean and people’s relationship with the ocean,” Schubel says.

“We’ve added a watershed exhibit that allows us to demonstrate to people how human activities on land in the watershed get collected and transmitted to the ocean. We’ve added the Molina Animal Care Center that not only allows us to take better care of our animals, but it lets the public see how well we take care of our animals, and it’s connected to Miller Children’s Hospital, so that children in the hospital are able to observe our vets doing checkups on our animals and they can talk to him – it has an educational component to it.”

Technology at the core of the expansion plans will allow the Aquarium to continue down this path, Schubel says.

“Live animals are the heart and soul of the aquarium. But live animals are not very good at telling the big stories about what’s happening to their relatives in the wild or in the ocean,” he says.

“So we have to use technology and media. One of the things that will be in our expanded facility will be this amazing surround-around 4-D theater that will be the first of its kind anywhere in the world.”

In the end, telling the story of the ocean and connecting it to those of us on land is the reason for the Aquarium’s existence, and why it is working so hard to expand and improve, Schubel says.

“In a not-for-profit institution, the only profit that really makes sense is in how well you pursue your mission,” Schubel says. “If we increase the stewardship, the knowledge, the education of people in Southern California about the world’s oceans, then we will have succeeded. If all we did was make money, we would have failed.”
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Port of Long Beach takes step toward new headquarters

Port of Long Beach takes step toward new headquarters

By Karen Robes Meeks
12/03/2012
Long Beach Press-Telegram

"Battle over Port of Long Beach headquarters could end MondayLONG BEACH - The Port of Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners on Monday asked that port staff return with a report on the process for selecting a new permanent headquarters sometime in January.

The report may address potential locations downtown and guidelines and priorities for what the new home of the port's roughly 350 administrative employees would look like and where it should be located. The board also reinforced its desire for a transparent and inclusive process.

Costly earthquake retrofitting requirements and asbestos and lead-based paint issues have led port officials to make plans to move the staff out of the 53-year-old building at 925 Harbor Plaza in the port complex..."

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Long Beach Airport unveils resortlike concourse, terminals
By Karen Robes Meeks Staff Writer
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LONG BEACH - If it weren't for the commercial airplanes visible through tall glass walls, travelers might mistake the new concourse at the Long Beach Airport for a resort hotel.

Visitors will now be greeted by stylish new decor including plush red seats, elongated fire pits and a garden walkway - part of a renovation officials showed off Wednesday.

The new concourse - which will feature two terminal buildings, 4,200 square feet of outdoor seating and more than 10,000 square feet of new retail and restaurant space for Long Beach merchants - is set to open to airline

The public will be able to check it out before the checkpoints are put in place Sunday (tour reservations are required).

"It's a community asset," Airport Executive Director Mario Rodriguez said in advance of the Wednesday evening unveiling that was attended by local dignitaries.

"It really is what we're trying to build here. It's their airport."

The $45 million terminal project - which is five months ahead of schedule and on budget - has been years in the making. The work was funded entirely through airport revenue.

The airport had already built a new parking garage as well as part of the modernization overhaul.
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Gerald Desmond Bridge to Break Ground Next Week (Washington Post)

Gerald Desmond Bridge to Break Ground Next Week

By Brian Addison
January 3, 2013
Long Beach Post


Image courtesy of the Long Beach Post.

"The anticipated new Gerald Desmond Bridge will break ground next Tuesday, officially marking construction on a project which has been on the books since 2000.

The $1 billion project—$645.5 million dedicated to the bridge structure itself, with the other monies used for site preparation, demolition and other considerations—is a joint effort of the California Department of Transportation and the Port of Long Beach with funding also from the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Construction is expected to generate $2 billion in regional economic activity..."

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In 1905, it was the headquarters for a local cult. Then it became a popular speakeasy and, later, a brothel and flophouse.
I want that building!
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Photo Update

I was home for a few days and took pictures of ongoing projects in Long Beach. I tried my best, but the lighting wasn't always cooperative.

Long Beach Courthouse












Formerly Smooth's, now being gutted and renovated:


Millworks






The Vault

It looks like there was still activity and cleaning going on while I was outside. Hopefully, we'll hear more news soon.

Harvey Milk Park




Michael's Pizzeria on the Promenade:




The Promenade Landscaping, Final Phase


Anaheim Senior Arts Colony, Phase I










The Anaheim Senior Arts Colony really makes it feel like the downtown boundary was pushed north a little. I'm surprised by how well it turned out.
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Long Beach opens third parklet

Number Nine on Retro Row has opened Long Beach's third parklet according to the Press Telegram. They also report that Belmont Shore Parking and Business Advisory Commission voted not to support parklets in their business district.

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A parklet at Number Nine restaurant in Long Beach. Last January, Long Beach city officials embarked on the pilot parklet program with three restaurants: Lola's, Number Nine, a Vietnamese restaurant on Retro Row; and Berlin, a cafe in the East Village. This is the first anniversary of parklets in Long Beach. (Stephen Carr / Staff Photographer)


LONG BEACH — One year ago, Luis Navarro took a risk when the owner and chef at Lola's Mexican Cuisine invested in a parklet that would be placed in front of his restaurant.

The parklet, which replaced a prime parking space with a patio with planters, tables and chairs, was lauded as a Southern California first, but also drew some skeptics.

"When it was first launched, people were pessimistic about it," Navarro said. "People didn't understand it. People told us, 'Who's ever going to sit out there?' People just bashed us about it, on how it was so dumb."

But as the weather got warmer and the restaurant was able to serve alcohol, people began to populate the parklet.

"We were jam-packed," he said. "It was the place to be."

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Losing parking and sidewalk space has also been an issue, officials said. The Belmont Shore Parking and Business Advisory Commission in November voted against supporting parklets in the business district, citing those reasons after George's Greek Cafe inquired about putting a parklet in front of the Second Street business.
Long Beach's first parklet at Lola's by me:


Long Beach's second parklet at Berlin Cafe by me:
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The Long Beach Business Journal is reporting that a new mixed-used infill project one block from the Anaheim Blue Line Station will break ground next month. The 5-story development will be 51,865 square feet with 7,000 square feet of retail.

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Stable, Tenuous, Hopeful, Uncertain - Real Estate Rebound Mirrors National Economy

By Joshua H. Silavent - Staff Writer

February 12, 2013

... AMCAL Multi-Housing, Inc., will begin construction in March on Urban Village. The 129-unit, LEED-certified complex located at 1081 Long Beach Blvd. offers studios, one- and two- bedroom apartments, an open courtyard with pool, a fitness area and clubhouse. Urban Village, slated for completion in June 2014, is designed for young professionals, particularly those working at nearby St. Mary Medical Center.

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The Urban Village Long Beach website includes the below rendering and has this to add about the project:

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What do you all think of the new project? It's also just one block from the new Senior Arts Colony that I took pictures of recently. Long Beach is finally leveraging the Anaheim Blue Line station. Sounds like this project may have also benefited from the downtown plan.
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What do you all think of the new project? It's also just one block from the new Senior Arts Colony that I took pictures of recently. Long Beach is finally leveraging the Anaheim Blue Line station. Sounds like this project may have also benefited from the downtown plan.
This looks pretty good, it looks like much of the transit-oriented development you'd see here in Washington, DC. I hope the developer doesn't include too much parking, however, since this is near light rail and the curb cut in the rendering is a bit unfortunate.
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This looks pretty good, it looks like much of the transit-oriented development you'd see here in Washington, DC. I hope the developer doesn't include too much parking, however, since this is near light rail and the curb cut in the rendering is a bit unfortunate.
According to one of the documents done for environmental review, there will be 175 parking stalls. I'm not sure where that falls on your spectrum for what is a lot of parking. In LA, it actually doesn't sound horrendous to me for 129 units.

I also hate the curb cut.
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