The new North Neighborhood Library will be a state-of-the-art focal point for the North Village area.
Construction for the new library is slated for Spring of 2014, following the removal of the Atlantic Theater starting January 2014.
Located in the 5800 block of Atlantic Avenue, the 25,000 square foot facility will offer areas for children, teens, and adults, as well as a community center and pedestrian plaza. Completion of this bond-funded project is expected in fall 2015.
Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation that was shared with residents at the February North Long Beach Community Assembly.
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We send out updates on this project through our weekly newsletter “Inside District 9” regularly. I see that you have just signed up to receive it, so you will now get those updates.
However, here is an update for you:
In 2012, Governor Brown and the State of California eliminated Redevelopment Agencies across the state. This action literally halted hundreds of Redevelopment projects, including a number of projects here in our city. This is why you see so many vacant properties across our city.
Nonetheless, we have been gathering additional funding slowly over the past two years to begin construction on the library. Just a few months ago, Councilmember Neal found the additional $4 million needed to begin the construction, so we started by demolishing the Atlantic Theater earlier this year to prep the site for library construction.
Now that the site has been cleared, the construction of the library has been out to bid for the last 2 months. The bids came in this week. This means we can finally break ground on the library in the next few weeks.
Construction on a project like this will take at least 12-18 months, but at least we are finally past all the red tape. We plan to make an announcement about this in July..