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Art Exchange Environmental Impact Report Released
Residents are Asked to Provide Feedback on Project

12/15/2009

    The Art Exchange is intended to provide a permanent and affordable workplace for the development and production of art by local artists.  The Exchange would operate on a profit-centered business model where artists sell directly to the public and are connected to networking opportunities that would help promote an art community for the City.  Project components include artist studios, multipurpose/classroom space, hot shop for glass and ceramics production, a centrally located open courtyard, gallery space, office, and service areas. 

    The project totals approximately 10,150 square feet of building area on a 15,000 square foot site (0.34 acres), with approximately 5,150 square feet in new floor area which will complement the existing building at 240 Long Beach Boulevard and use similar open truss structural systems.  The project will utilize the existing building by renovating and reusing the front 5,000 square feet (50 foot wide street frontage and 100 foot depth), maintaining the facade on Long Beach Boulevard.  The project building will use an open floor plan to take advantage of the existing clear span structural system along with adjustable wall systems to create studios and other spaces that can change for future needs. Sustainability plans for this project include obtaining LEED certification as well as compliance with the City’s Green Building Code.

    The Initial Study identified the potential for significant project environmental effects in the following issue areas, which are studied in the Draft EIR:  air quality and cultural resources.  The public comment period during which the RDA will receive written comments on the Draft EIR is December 14, 2009 through January 28, 2010

    Comments should be sent to:

    Craig Chalfant
    Long Beach Development Services
    333 W. Ocean Boulevard, 5 th  Floor
    Long Beach, CA  90802
    Via fax to:  (562) 570-6068
    Via e-mail to:  craig.chalfant@longbeach.gov

    DOCUMENT AVAILABILITY:   The Draft EIR is available for public review online and at the locations listed below during regular business hours:

    http://www.lbds.info/planning/environmental_planning/environmental_reports.asp  

    Long Beach Main Library, 101 Pacific Avenue
    Long Beach City Hall, 333 W. Ocean Blvd, 5 th  Floor

    If you require additional information, please contact Craig Chalfant at (562) 570-6368.

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