City invites residents to help reimagine the Downtown shoreline area

The “Community Charrette” begins Thursday, June 13 at the Aquarium of the Pacific.

City invites residents to help reimagine the Downtown shoreline area
Shoreline Village in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Jake Gotta.

Long Beach officials are in the early stages of planning major changes to the Downtown shoreline area south of Ocean Boulevard from Alamitos Avenue to the Los Angeles River, and they’re asking for input from the community to help guide the process.

A public notice sent out Thursday morning invited residents, business owners and community representatives to “a series of visioning exercises” — events and activities that will inform the planning process.

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The “Community Charrette” begins Thursday, June 13 at the Aquarium of the Pacific with a kickoff event to provide an overview of the process, and continues on Friday, June 14 at Studio One Eleven, located at 245 E. Third St. in Downtown.

On Saturday, June 15, there will be a roundtable discussion at 9 a.m. to plan how the Downtown Shoreline's future will benefit everyone in Long Beach. You can go on walking and bike tours of the area throughout the day and stop by at Studio One Eleven for “open studio hours” to speak with designers and planners involved in the process.

The Long Beach-based architecture and urban design firm is part of the consulting team that the city hired to create a future vision for the Shoreline area, according to Alan Pullman, a partner at the studio.

Feedback from these events will be presented to the planning commission during its June 20 meeting.

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The public is also encouraged to take an online survey, which is available through June 24, to review the draft framework city staff put together. You’ll answer a series of questions to share what you think should be prioritized in the new developments that could be on the horizon.

“The City’s land use plan for the shoreline area has not been updated since the 1970s,” the public notice stated. “This reimagining and planning process aims to create a community vision and guidelines for creation of a world-class waterfront that will serve as a global destination.”

The new Shoreline Vision Plan and a corresponding update to the Downtown Plan should be presented to the Planning Commission and the City Council in early 2025.

For more information, go to longbeach.gov/dtshorelb.

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