The City of Long Beach will celebrate the opening of the Police Department’s new East Division Substation, 3800 E. Willow Street, with a free community Open House event on Saturday, February 20, 2016, from 11:30 am until 1:30 pm.
“The new East Division Substation will be an integral part of the community, and a testament to the City’s commitment to public safety,” said Mayor Robert Garcia.
The Open House will feature tours of the facility, static displays, and grilled hot dogs, courtesy of the Long Beach Police Officers Association.
"I am extremely excited to open this premier east side community facility," said Councilwoman Stacy Mungo. "This new home for the LBPD East Division will allow us to better serve our neighbors and more efficiently deploy critical public safety resources."
The Substation is located at the site of a former U.S. Army Reserve Center that was renovated to feature a multi-purpose community room, public waiting and reception areas, and an elevator to provide ADA accessibility.
“We’re pleased to be moving into our new station,” said Police Chief Robert Luna. “Our employees have been looking forward to this day. We’re extremely grateful to have a professional environment that enhances our operations and is centrally located for the community we serve.”
The facility will house East Patrol Division officers and Juvenile Investigation detectives, and includes office space, renovated locker areas, showers, restrooms, and gym facilities.
The facility has many sustainable features, including interior and exterior LED lighting; window glazing to improve internal building temperature; a cool roof (white roof) to reduce the heat island effect; native and drought tolerant plants; and water saving fixtures. The renovation also met the City’s construction recycling requirements.
The East Division will start moving into the new substation in the days following the Open House. The current East Division Substation on Los Coyotes Diagonal near the Traffic Circle is undersized and outdated.
At 24 square miles, the East Division is the largest of three geographical patrol divisions in Long Beach. It is bounded by Del Amo Boulevard to the north; the Pacific Ocean to the south; the Orange County border to the east; and Cherry Avenue and the City of Signal Hill to the west.
To contact the East Patrol Division, email LBPDEast@longbeach.gov
or call 562.570.5880.
Schroeder Hall U.S. Army Reserve Center was declared surplus under the 2005 round of the Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) process, which was designed to increase U.S. military efficiency by reorganizing its bases. The U.S. Departments of Justice and Housing and Urban Development approved a no-cost public benefit conveyance of the facility in 2010, a savings to the City of Long Beach of more than $3.5 million.