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The Central Long Beach Redevelopment Project Area was adopted on September 21, 1993, in response to the civil disturbances of 1992. Structural damage to buildings in the project area during the disturbances totaled over $19 million, accounting for 91% of the City’s total damages.
The project area consists of 2,618 acres, 100% of which can be classified as urbanized, and is generally located in southern Long Beach, south of the I-405 freeway, north of downtown, east of the I-710 freeway and west of Redondo Boulevard. The Central project area includes major north-south portions of Long Beach Boulevard, Pacific and Atlantic Avenues, and major east-west sections of Willow Street, Pacific Coast Highway, Anaheim and Seventh Streets. Also included are major portions of Martin Luther King, Jr. Avenue and Alamitos Avenue, as well as surrounding residential neighborhoods.
When the Central project area was formed, it was characterized by severely deteriorated residential areas, large, vacant, boarded-up buildings, deficient buildings with limited market potential, environmental problems, and by vacant lots and deteriorating conditions along major corridors.
The overall vision for the redevelopment effort in Central Long Beach is to re-direct and concentrate commercial facilities in significant centers and along major arterial corridors, while accommodating residential needs and preserving and rehabilitating existing neighborhoods.
In the 15 years that the project area has been active, many great strides have been made including new parks, public art, infrastructure investments, affordable housing developments, and vast improvements to the major corridors.
Download the Central Project Area boundary map here.
For more information about current projects, please visit the project map here.
To view documents for the Central Long Beach Project Area, click here.