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Councilwoman Schipske received great economic news from City Manager Pat West about the coming improvements to the Long Beach Towne Center in the 5th District.
After a meeting with Vestar which manages the site, West forwarded the following email message to Councilwoman Schipske:
"Though the project has been very successful over the past 10 years, we want to make sure that we continue to provide the shopping and entertainment experience that the people of Long Beach and the surrounding communities want and deserve. As such, we have undertaken a major $1.8 million re-model of the plaza area of the center (now named the Promenade @ Long Beach Towne Center). These improvements include the addition of an outdoor entertainment stage, a giant video wall, an outdoor fireplace, two new fountains and a play area for kids. As part of this upgrade, we will also be repainting the project this year and doing other courtyard improvements including landscape upgrades, new furniture and signage. All of these things are designed to enhance the experience at the center and allow the project to continue its role as the gathering place for Long Beach. In addition to our improvements, we have been informed that the Edward's theater will be adding an I-Max theater. As we understand it, that upgrade should be done in time for the summer movie season. This will just add one more reason to visit the center."
Councilwoman Schipske is very enthusiastic about the potential economic impact these improvements will have on our local economy.
"I want to thank the City Manager, Pat West and City staff for facilitating a 'business friendly environment' so that businesses, such as the ones located at the Long Beach Towne Center, feel welcome to make additional investments and improvements." say Schipske.
Schipske also notes that her council staff and the Long Beach Police Department have been working with the management of the Long Beach Towne Center to "make certain it is a safe venue for residents to shop, dine and enjoy."
Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske represents the 5th District in eastside Long Beach. The District is over 11 square miles and includes Long Beach City College and the Long Beach Municipal Airport, three firestations, 21 schools, the City Water Treatment Plant and the City Emergency Communications Center.
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