The Downtown Redevelopment Project Area was adopted on June 17, 1975. The project area covers 421 acres of land and includes the City’s central business district, the City/County Civic Center Complex, the Convention and Entertainment Center and the Tidelands development area. The original business district, historic shopping district and the site of the former waterfront amusement area of the City are also located within the project area.
Conditions in the Downtown Project Area prior to adoption of the Redevelopment Plan met statutory conditions for blight, with findings of high vacancy rates, poor housing accommodations, older substandard and deteriorated commercial structures and general economic stagnation. The Agency’s intent is to eliminate blighting conditions by stimulating and assisting new commercial and visitor-related development within the project area.
In December 1986, the Redevelopment Plan was amended to stimulate and encourage the continued revitalization of the project area by planning for new residential and mixed-use developments downtown. This is being accomplished through the rehabilitation of historic structures and the assembly and clearance of blighted property for the construction of new housing and retail projects.
General objectives of the Redevelopment Plan include diversifying land uses in the Downtown to make it the principal focus of the City’s cultural, employment, retail, services and visitor activities, and foster downtown as an ideal place to live and work. The primary development within the project area is focused on the revitalization of Downtown’s core: Pine Avenue, CityPlace, Aqua, Harbor View and The Pike at Rainbow Harbor are just a few examples. These projects bring a variety of residential, commercial and entertainment
opportunities to Long Beach.
For more information about current projects, please visit the project map here.
Download the Downtown Project Area boundary map here.
To view documents for the Downtown Long Beach Project Area, click here.
To view the PD-30 Zoning Ordinance, click here.