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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEPress Release # CM:060617
Mayor Robert Garcia Presents ‘Building a Better Long Beach’ and Announces New CSULB Student Village in Downtown
Kevin Lee
Department of Development Services

Mayor Robert Garcia, in partnership with the Long Beach Business Journal, today presented an update on new development within the City and major construction projects underway that are ready to break ground over the next few years. The Mayor’s Building a Better Long Beach presentation also featured a special announcement about conceptual plans for a new California State University, Long Beach student village in the heart of the City.

“Long Beach is quickly becoming a model city for strategic development that supports a more livable, innovative and sustainable future,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “The proposed CSULB student village is a home run for the City and the university. Student and faculty housing will activate our Downtown Core with new economic opportunities and academic partnerships.”

The student living-learning community would consist of student residency, the University Art Museum, and a new University Innovation Center with classrooms and labs.

“The location, innovation, diversity and vibrancy of the City mirror our own aspirations as a University. Developing the Downtown as a place where our students, staff and faculty live along with offering art, learning experiences and other campus cultural events in Downtown Long Beach, is an additional way for us to add to the natural synergies we already have,” said CSULB President Jane Conoley. “We are already close partners in education and hope to add more of our most precious asset, our people, to the Downtown renaissance. We are better and stronger together.”

The presentation highlighted the City’s significant building efforts, including the development of 5,000 residential units in various stages, from conceptual to complete. It also illustrated the critical investment of over $500 million in the City’s affordable housing over the last decade. The Mayor attributed much of the recent growth and resurgence in development to the City’s planning and economic development efforts, including the Downtown Plan (PD-30) and the sale of properties owned by the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA). Mayor Garcia also pointed to the strong indicators of renewed economic energy brought to the City, citing the decrease in the unemployment rate to 4.7%, and the 9,000 new jobs created since the 2007 recession.

Community leaders, developers, architects, City staff, and the public attended the presentation held at the Beverly O’ Neill Theater.

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