North Neighborhood Library

NLB_2012-10-24_13305900000.jpgThe 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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commented 2015-08-18 01:46:53 -0700 · Flag
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commented 2015-08-12 05:04:43 -0700 · Flag
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commented 2015-08-05 23:50:53 -0700 · Flag
When is construction to begin on this project? This has been literally YEARS in the planning. While I know government is generally slow (I work for the City of LA), this is extraordinarily slow in coming. Wasn’t it scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2014…hello? We’re now beginning Summer and not a sound…Please update us!

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commented 2014-12-08 15:59:57 -0800 · Flag
Didn’t the original floor plan have a media room and computer lab?
commented 2014-06-21 09:45:03 -0700 · Flag
Not going to spill the beans but I understand from a very kind council assistant (I guess that’s what you’d call him) that there is some exciting new to be announced soon on this project which was stalled by the demolishing of CRAs by the State. Thank you for responding so quickly, Rex, to my concerns! You have no idea how much I look forward to a local library…literally a dream come true and I think it will do more for our community than anything I could imagine. I am so excited!
commented 2014-06-21 09:41:34 -0700 · Flag
Hi Pat, The proposed completion date of Fall 2015 is still accurate.

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.

http://www.presstelegram.com/technology/20110721/redevelopment-supporters-blast-legislators

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.

http://www.presstelegram.com/general-news/20140124/long-beach-to-demolish-atlantic-theater-to-make-way-for-new-library

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..
commented 2014-06-21 08:40:16 -0700 · Flag
When is construction to begin on this project? This has been literally YEARS in the planning. While I know government is generally slow (I work for the City of LA), this is extraordinarily slow in coming. Wasn’t it scheduled to begin construction in the Spring of 2014…hello? We’re now beginning Summer and not a sound…Please update us!
commented 2013-09-03 22:44:08 -0700 · Flag
Ironic that the site was a fairly popular neighborhood cinema in its day and that weird obelisk feature will be preserved while the new library floor plan has no large media room equipped with theater capabilities. Was a pre-architectural space needs assessment ever done for this building? Long Beach has typically paid to perform these type studies in the past for its public facilities, what happened here?