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Alamitos Bay Parking & Circulation Master Plan 

Alamitos Bay has been a popular destination for locals and visitors alike since it opened in the 1950s. Recent renovations and new businesses have sparked even more success for the area, including an investment of $105 million to upgrade the marina and exciting new real estate development. This success has resulted in an increased demand for parking during certain days and times, and the need for pedestrian and bicycle improvements along Alamitos Bay. The City of Long Beach and its partners are working to continually enhance mobility in the area by maximizing the number of parking spaces and improving the design and circulation of the parking lots and adjacent areas. To achieve these goals, the City is developing the Alamitos Bay Parking and Circulation Master Plan (Plan). The development of the Plan will include analysis from parking and circulation experts and significant community and stakeholder engagement.

Several pilot programs have been implemented to determine what types of initiatives improve mobility in the area. Based on the results of these pilot programs, the initiatives may become recommendations in the Plan. The Plan may include improvements such as a free shuttle service, a seasonal valet program, increased security and parking enforcement, and additional parking spaces. The improvements resulting from this plan will greatly enhance the experience of those visiting the area, including businesses, employees, customers, boat owners, neighboring residents, and other members of the public who are visiting this great community asset.

PROJECT TIMELINE

Conceptual Plan Commencement

Summer 2018

Stakeholder Engagement

Summer 2019 - Spring 2020

Revise Plan Based on Public Comment

Spring 2020

Review of Plan by Other Agencies

Fall 2020

Begin Implementation of Plan

To be determined



UPDATES


October 29, 2019

The “2nd & PCH” retail center celebrated its grand opening this past weekend, with several special events taking place throughout the weekend, attracting thousands of guests from around the region. Due to great collaboration from various City departments and the retail center’s operator, we are pleased to report that no complaints or serious incidents were reported throughout the weekend. Boat owner parking at Basin 3 in Alamitos Bay Marina was protected throughout the several days of special events, including the farmers market which debuted in its new location at the northeast corner of Basin 3. Special signage (A-frame signs and electronic signs) were deployed to assist with traffic control and parking management. All of the City departments involved with Alamitos Bay Marina (Public Works, Special Events, Police, Economic Development, Development Services, and Marine Bureau) will be meeting every two weeks to continue to work through efforts related to the Alamitos Bay Parking Management Plan. Also, the meetings will be to prepare for the opening of new businesses such as San Pedro Fish Company at the former Joe’s Crab Shack location, projected to open December 2019. We appreciate your patience and cooperation this past weekend.


October 23, 2019

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In preparation for the grand opening celebration of the new “2nd & PCH” retail center, the City of Long Beach Office of Special Events and Filming has approved a temporary use permit that will accommodate employee parking in the public parking area of Basin 3 in Alamitos Bay Marina. This special accommodation will only be during this week’s special events planned for Thursday, October 24th thru Saturday, October 26th.

The special event permit does not include parking reserved for boat owners or parking for patrons of the marina and businesses. A security guard will be on-site to ensure that the parking areas reserved for boat owners are not infringed and direct patrons of the shopping center to the appropriate parking structures at “2nd and PCH”. As part of the Special Event permit, if parking at the at “2nd and PCH” reaches full capacity, patrons will be re-directed via electronic signs to Cal-State Long Beach, where shuttles will provide transportation between the university and “2nd and PCH”.

Employees of “2nd and PCH” will be provided special placards that will be required to be displayed on vehicle dashboards. This special event parking accommodation is only for the grand opening special events festivities and will not be allowed on any other dates. The special event employee parking will be for approximately 400 parking spaces of the total 721 parking spaces in Alamitos Bay Basin 3 parking area.

For any questions about the parking at Alamitos Bay Marina for this special event, please contact the Economic Development Department, Jose Fierros at (562) 570-5385 or Jose.Fierros@longbeach.gov


September 18, 2019

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Dear Community Members,

On September 18, 2019 City Staff provided an update to the Marine Advisory Commission and the community regarding proposed improvements to Alamitos Bay Marina and the surrounding area. As part of the update, a representative of CenterCal Development (“2nd & PCH”) provided a presentation regarding the new shopping center. There was an opportunity for questions by the Marine Advisory Commission and public comment. Listed below are the answers to the questions that were raised during the public comment period, as documented by staff:

Questions regarding 2nd and PCH (Answered by Mr. Barret Bradley, Representative for CenterCal Development)

Q: How will CenterCal administer the employee parking?

A: CenterCal will host weekly meetings with City parking operator, LAZ Parking, to review parking issues that arise, including tenant employee parking.  Tenants have purchased monthly parking passes and the City has created site maps to help direct employees to appropriate parking locations within the project site.

Q: Will CenterCal have personnel on-site, for malfunctions at the parking gates?     

A: CenterCal will have complete staff on site including managers, supervisors and contract parking staff (LAZ Parking), who will respond to any issue within the parking area or project site in real time.

Q: How much is the shopping center (2nd & PCH) going to charge for parking after the free (90 minutes) period?

A: $2.00 per 20 minutes, with a daily maximum cost of $30. This pricing is in-line with comparable retail projects such as Shoreline Village in Long Beach and Pacific City in Huntington Beach.

Q:  How many cars can the internal queue hold?         

A: CenterCal is studying this with a traffic engineer and will provide a follow up to City staff. (This answer will be updated once available.) 

Q: Where did CenterCal get 4.7 stalls, per 1,000 square feet of retail building area, it looks too low?

A: The project is developed at a parking ratio of 5.1 stalls per 1,000 SF of leasable area. This exceeds the LB Municipal Code requirement of 5.0/1,000 and exceeds industry standards for development of a regional shopping center.

Q: What is being done with the vehicle license plate information?    

A: The license plate data is used for operational efficiency to reduce traffic and promote circulation, enabling the correlation of paid parking tickets to vehicle license plate ID.  In the case of a paid ticket and an accurate license plate read, the gate arm will open without having to reinsert the parking ticket on exit.

Q: Will employees park off-site?

A: The project parking ratio accounts for employees parking on-site. During the entitlement process for the 2nd & PCH project, a parking study was prepared by Linscott Law & Greenspan (April 10, 2017).  The approved parking study found that the tenant mix allows for parking spaces to be shared because the mix of land uses results in an overall parking need that is less than the sum of the individual peak requirements for each land use.

Q: How many parking stalls will be allocated for the employees?      

A: The minimum parking requirements for the project factors in parking demand for both visitors and employees, so although an exact number of stalls will not be physically “allocated”, the garage capacity was based on accommodating all employee parkers and patrons.

Q: How many handicap stalls will there be?

A: Pursuant to Municipal Code requirements, the 2nd & PCH parking facility is required to provide 21 accessible parking spaces, based on its total capacity. The garage will actually possess 22 accessible parking spaces, distributed throughout the garage for convenient access options into the project. 

Q: Are the diagonal parking on Marina Drive, city parking spots and will they be metered?

A: Yes, the diagonal parking spaces on Marina Drive are public spaces. A local coastal development permit is required to meter the parking stalls. A plan to activate the meters will take place when the parking study is completed by the City’s parking consultant (Walker Parking Consulting) and the required approval from the California Coastal Commission is received. 

Q: Who will manage the Marina Drive parking meters?                                          

A: Parking meters on Marina Drive would be managed through the City’s traffic operations group (similar to other street parking) or an outside group hired in the future to manage the adjacent parking lots (if they are metered).

Q: How will the parking signs be enforced at Alamitos Bay?

A: City staff has been working with Marine Patrol and have begun citing visitors who park in parking stalls reserved for boat owners.  This will continue to be strictly enforced as 2nd & PCH and later San Pedro Fish Market open.

Q: Is the farmer’s market still going to happen on Sunday mornings?

A: Yes, the Farmers Market will continue to operate within Alamitos Bay parking lots, however we are relocating the Farmers Market to the far north end of Basin 3, near the intersection of 2nd Street and Marina drive (near Marina Shipyard).

Q: What happens when there is a filming even? What are the parameters for the respect of the existing boat owner parking?

A: The City of Long Beach’s Office of Special Events and Filming handles all filming permits and inquiries. Pursuant to city filming regulations, filming is only permitted Monday through Friday, and the production teams are only allowed the use of the public parking spaces.

Q: What security is the City going to provide when special events take place?

A: The parameters are set forth by the City of Long Beach’s Office of Special Events and Filming, which require the production team to provide police and private security. The cost of police and security detail is paid by the event organizer.

Q: Will there be parking meters at the boat owners parking stalls?

A: The City’s parking consultant (Walker Parking Consulting) is in the process of evaluating all the parking demands and requirements in the Alamitos Bay lots. Upon completion of the study and the consultant’s recommendations, City staff will bring forth recommendations to the City Council and subsequent approval by the Coastal Commission. There will be opportunities for community input, including additional presentations to the Marine Advisory Commission.  

Q: Will there be a cut or reduction of boat owner parking?

A: We are anticipating that all existing and allocated boat owner parking throughout the Alamitos Bay lots will remain the same, however, our parking consultant (Walker Parking Consulting) is in the process of evaluating all the parking demands and requirements in Alamitos Bay. Upon completion of the study and the consultant’s recommendations, city staff will bring forth recommendations to the City Council and subsequently for approval by the Coastal Commission.  There will be opportunities for community input, including additional presentations to the Marine Advisory Commission. 

Q: What is the timeline for the parking meters in Basin 2 and Basin 3?

A: The first draft of the parking study by the City’s consultant (Walker Parking Consulting) is anticipated in the first quarter of 2020. A second parking study will be commissioned summer of 2020 to validate the findings of the current parking study once 2nd & PCH is open and stabilized.   City staff will conduct community outreach, seek approval by oversight agencies and identifying proper funding.  City staff anticipates the implementation of the parking meters to be approximately within 12 – 18 months.

Q: The boat owner parking lot will be generating revenue, how much of that funding will be returned to the boat owners as reduced boat slip fees and amenities?

A: All parking areas in Alamitos Bay are public parking lots within the Tidelands Trust, as such, any fees and proceeds from the parking areas must stay in the Tidelands Trust and will be subject to input and approval by the California State Lands Commission and the Long Beach City Council. 

Q:   The income of the new parking meters should be transparent and be kept within Alamitos Bay, can   that be confirmed?

A: The comment has been noted.  All parking areas of Alamitos Bay are public parking lots with the Tidelands Trust, as such any fees and proceeds from the parking areas must stay in the Tidelands Trust and will be subject to input and approval by the California State Lands Commission and the Long Beach City Council. 

Q: How do we protect the boat owner parking until the plan is implemented?

A: Marine Bureau staff has been working with Marine Patrol and they have begun citing visitors who park in parking stalls reserved for boat owners. This will be continued and strictly enforced as 2nd & PCH and later San Pedro Fish Market open. Additionally, the Marine Bureau will be rolling out several improvements to Alamitos Bay Basins 2 and 3, including temporary signage (A-frame signs and digital construction sign), new signage identifying boat owner parking, and re-fresh of paint of the boat owner’s stalls (red curb and white demarcation lines). 

Q: How is the parking time going to be corrected at the Basin parking lot when a restaurant wait is projected to be 1 hour?

A: The City’s parking consultant (Walker Parking Consulting) is in the process of evaluating all parking demands and requirements in the Alamitos Bay area. Upon completion of the study and the consultant’s recommendations, City staff will bring forth recommendations to the City Council.  There will be opportunities for community input, including additional presentations to the Marine Advisory Commission.  

City staff has made an effort to consolidate the multiple questions, similar in nature, that were received on September 18, 2019, and provide answers.  Many of the questions required answers from CenterCal Development and multiple City departments.  The City’s parking consultant (Walker Parking Consulting) is currently meeting with City staff to fully understand the parking demands and limitations of Alamitos Bay Marina.  Subsequently, the consultant will conduct a series of stakeholder outreach meetings.  It is anticipated that the first draft of the report will be delivered in the 1st quarter of 2020.   Implementation of the findings and recommendations will require community input, approval by the Long Beach City Council, and approval by the California Coastal Commission.  Improvements will be subject to funding availability. 

Thank you for your input.  We truly appreciate your participation.

Sergio M. Ramirez

Deputy Director 


July 31, 2019

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As work continues on the draft Alamitos Bay Parking & Circulation Plan (Plan), listed below are updates regarding the Plan and improvements:

  • City staff from multiple departments continue to work with parking consultants on analyzing the dynamics of Alamitos Bay and reviewing the questions and comments that were presented at the May 23rd Marine Advisory Commission meeting.
  • Completion of the draft Plan, including the existing parking analysis and infrastructure recommendations, is anticipated by mid-October 2019
  • At the meeting held May 23rd, several questions were posed specifically regarding the 2nd & PCH project. The Development Services and Public Works Departments provided the following information:
     
    • The 2nd and PCH project complies with the Long Beach Municipal Code pertaining to on-site parking.
    • Subsection 21.41.219 of the Long Beach Municipal Code, allows shopping centers of 150,000 square feet or larger to submit a parking demand study for a parking rate reduction if it can be demonstrated that the proposed parking supply would be adequate to meet projected peak parking demand. During the entitlement process, a parking study was prepared by Linscott Law & Greenspan on April 10, 2017. The parking study found that the tenant mix allows for parking spaces to be shared since the mix of land uses results in an overall parking need that is less than the sum of the individual peak requirements for each land use.
    • The results of the parking study required a total of 1,150 on-site parking spaces for 245,000 square feet of gross floor area (GFA) or a ratio of 4.7 parking spaces/1,000 square feet of gross floor area.
    • The Parking Study also incorporated a Parking Management Plan, which includes provisions regarding:
      • Employee Parking Program
      • Curbside/takeout Spaces
      • Allowances for the most desirable spaces for customers rather than employees.
    • The 2nd & PCH project would implement Transportation Demand Management (TDM) measures to reduce trips and encourage the use of public transit, which includes:
      • Bicycle parking facilities,
      • Vanpool/carpool loading/unloading
      • Parking areas, preferential parking spaces for employee carpool/vanpool vehicles
      • Bulletin board/kiosk displaying information regarding transit options.
    • Parking at the 2nd and PCH project is located entirely on private property. There is no code restriction that prohibits a private property owner from charging for parking.
    • The proposed Alamitos Bay Marina parking master plan would represent a discretionary action that requires compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA). The level of CEQA document has not been determined at this time but will be made available for review in accordance with the CEQA Guidelines.
    • The area referenced in this comment corresponds to the Los Cerritos Wetlands. Additionally, this specific area adjacent to the In-N-Out property is privately owned. The 2nd and PCH project site does not include the privately-owned parcels or the greater Los Cerritos Wetlands area. There are restrictions to the use of this wetlands habitat area which would prohibit development as a parking lot. As stated previously, the 2nd and PCH project complies with code requirements for parking therefore, off-site parking is not required.
  • The Marina Drive Improvement Project, which is one of the City’s complete streets project on the stretch of Marina Drive between 2nd Street and Studebaker Road, is being implemented.
    • The complete streets project includes increased coastal access, increased pedestrian safety, new parking stalls, new crosswalks, new bus stops, improved drainage, and ADA accessibility ensuring safe access for all users.
    • To facilitate the increased access and safety, 30 palm trees must to be relocated on site as part of the project. A biologist is on site throughout all trimming and relocating activities to ensure that there are no impacts to nesting birds. In addition to the trees being relocated, 23 new native canopy trees are being provided to enhance the natural nesting habitat.
    • The complete streets project is currently underway and will be completed in October 2019.
    • Efforts will be made to minimize any impacts to the adjacent marina, businesses, and farmers market during construction. The ultimate project will enhance the area for all users and visitors to the area.
  • In addition to questions regarding 2nd & PCH and the Marine Drive Improvement Project, questions and comments were received regarding parking for boat owners and guests, a parking payment and monitoring system, employee parking for businesses in the area, security concerns, and signage and wayfinding. Staff has taken the thoughtful comments and questions received and has forwarded them to our consultants for consideration into the Alamitos Bay Parking & Circulation Master Plan. Based on the concerns raised, we have directed our consultants to review the complexity of the area, minimize the impact to boat owners and the boating community, and incorporate the feedback into the draft Plan. The responses to the remaining questions will be provided once the analysis and recommendations from the consultants are complete.
  • Upon completion of the draft Plan, the details will be presented at an upcoming Marine Advisory Commission meeting in order to solicit input from the public.
  • The draft Plan will be further circulated for broad stakeholder feedback.
  • Once stakeholder feedback is received, the draft Plan will be revised and finalized. Subsequently, the Plan will be submitted to the California Coastal Commission for review and approval.
  • Once a Plan that incorporates community input is approved, funding sources for improvements will be determined.
  • Implementation of the enhancement projects proposed in the Plan will occur based on funding, appropriate timing with events and construction in the area, and other considerations and constraints.

We appreciate the Alamitos Bay boat owners, business owners, tourists, and visitors, and their positive impact on the Long Beach community. We understand that all the changes in the area may be overwhelming and temporarily disruptive. However, our objective is to minimize the impact to the boating community, residents, and visitors to the Alamitos Bay area. Final implementation of the Plan will enhance the area and benefit the entire community. Please continue to review this webpage for periodic updates and contact us with any questions or concerns. Thank you.


BASIN 2 - PARKING LOT IMPROVEMENTS
Project objective: 
Add 100 surface parking spaces
Project start date: November 20, 2018
Projected completion date: December 21, 2018


Construction Updates and Milestones

December 18, 2018

  • Asphalt installation has been completed
  • Installation of surface sealer is also now complete
  • Stripping of the parking lot will begin soon!

December 4, 2018

  • The removal of worn asphalt pavement has commenced, including both Basin entrances
  • Installation of new concrete sidewalk for pedestrian use on Marina Drive has been completed
  • Soil Compaction and irrigation system in the new green space is now complete

November 20, 2018

  • Security fencing has been installed 
  • Trenching has been completed
  • Soil compaction is underway
August 10, 2018
  • To increase safety and security, the Parks, Recreation and Marine Department authorized over-time funding for additional Marine Patrol Officers and staff on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays.
  • Cost analysis is underway for a proposal to add security gate installation and infrastructure associated with such a system.
  • A customer survey was recently sent out to all Alamitos Bay Marina boat owners to assess interest in security gates and a camera system.
  • Pilot projects that are currently being explored include the installation of removable access chains at gangway entries.

PUBLIC MEETINGS

January 23, 2020 – Business Owners Community Meeting

You are invited to attend the Alamitos Bay Parking & Circulation Master Plan (Master Plan) business owners community meeting!

City staff along with the parking consultant will provide an update on the progress of the Parking Management Plan, which is the next step of the Master Plan development. We welcome your feedback and suggestions to guide the development of the Parking Management Plan.

This community meeting will focus on soliciting feedback specifically from business owners. Come and influence the vision of this project for the future of Alamitos Bay.

Meeting location:

Will Rodgers Middle School
365 Monrovia Ave
Long Beach ,CA 90803

January 22, 2020 – Residents Community Meeting

You are invited to attend the Alamitos Bay Parking & Circulation Master Plan (Master Plan) residents community meeting!

City staff along with the parking consultant will provide an update on the progress of the Parking Management Plan, which is the next step of the Master Plan development. We welcome your feedback and suggestions to guide the development of the Parking Management Plan.

This community meeting will focus on soliciting feedback specifically from residents. Come and influence the vision of this project for the future of Alamitos Bay. 

Meeting location:

Will Rodgers Middle School
365 Monrovia Ave
Long Beach ,CA 90803

January 16, 2020 - Boat Owners Community Meeting

You are invited to attend the Alamitos Bay Parking & Circulation Master Plan (Master Plan) boat owners community meeting!

City staff along with the parking consultant will provide an update on the progress of the Parking Management Plan, which is the next step of the Master Plan development. We welcome your feedback and suggestions to guide the development of the Parking Management Plan.

This community meeting will focus on soliciting feedback specifically from boat owners. Come and influence the vision of this project for the future of Alamitos Bay.

Meeting location:

Will Rodgers Middle School
365 Monrovia Ave
Long Beach ,CA 90803

September 18, 2019 - Marine Advisory Commission Meeting

Staff will attend the Marine Advisory Commission meeting to provide an update on the development of the Plan.

May 23, 2019 - Marine Advisory Commission Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended and participated in the Marine Advisory Commission Meeting (MAC) held on May 23, 2019, regarding the Alamitos Bay Parking and Circulation Master Plan (Plan). We appreciate your comments and feedback as this information will help inform the development of the Plan. We are working with City staff and our parking consultants to formulate responses to each of the inquiries and comments received. Responses to questions received at the meeting will be posted to this web page within the next few weeks.  This meeting was a kickoff to the process for collecting feedback and there will be significant outreach by City staff and our consultants over the coming months. Once we have completed the draft Plan later this summer, a follow up MAC meeting will be scheduled where questions can be addressed, and feedback solicited related to the draft Plan.

For any questions about the Alamitos Bay Parking & Circulation Master Plan, please contact Jose Luis Fierros, Project Analyst, at (562) 570-5385 or Jose.Fierros@longbeach.gov