1st Street Pedestrian Improvements
Additional project updates and information will be published on an on-going basis.
Latest Updates - April 2023
The 1st Street Pedestrian Improvements Project Team tabled at the Celebrate Downtown Event on March 23, 2023 to provide information on pedestrian improvements coming soon. Conceptual designs and renderings were unveiled at the event.
Please join us at these upcoming community events to learn more about this project!
- March 23, 2023 at 5:30 p.m. (Lincoln Park) – Celebrate Downtown Event
The project is currently in the Conceptual Design Phase, and the City team is seeking public input.
- Community Engagement – Spring 2023
- Permitting – Fall 2023
- Detailed Design and Construction Documentation – Winter 2023
- Begin Construction – Spring 2024
The 1st Street Pedestrian Improvements Project will improve mobility, walkability, and enhance the overall pedestrian experience along 1st Street between Pacific and Elm Avenues through updated lighting, wayfinding signage, and new furnishings. Additional improvements along 1st Street between Long Beach Boulevard and Elm Avenue consist of sidewalk widening, new site furnishing including seating and lighting, artwork, and the proposed installation of the first Metro Blue Line Rail Car (#100) for adaptive reuse and activation.
This project aims to:
- Enhance connectivity and walkability in the downtown area by creating a seamless connection between Lincoln Park and the East Village Arts District
- Encourage use of alternative transportation including Long Beach Transit and Metro
- Repurpose the Blue Line Rail Car as a commercial destination, or attraction to further activate the downtown area
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As part of the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) 2015 Call for Projects, Public Works was awarded funds for the 1st Street Pedestrian Improvements Project. After the funds from Metro were secured, Public Works began the planning and conceptual design effort for the project.
In addition to funds from Metro, Public Works also secured funding from Los Angeles County Development Authority (LACDA) for predevelopment activities.
Separately, on April 20, 2021, the Long Beach City Council accepted a donation of the original Blue Line Rail Car #100 (Blue Car) from Metro with consideration of repurposing the asset for adaptive reuse and or activation near the 1st Street transit mall. With the generous contribution from the LA County 4th Supervisorial District Office, $1.5 million was secured to support the engineering and installation of the Blue Car in the project area.
Amelia Bodek, Capital Projects Coordinator
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