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Today is a historic day for Long Beach and for our Downtown. We are breaking ground on the new George Deukmejian Courthouse. The $490 million State Courthouse, named after our former Governor and life-long Long Beach resident, will have over 31 courtrooms and takes up two entire city blocks in the First District in Downtown Long Beach. The Courthouse is between Broadway and Third, and Maine and Magnolia.
I hope you can join us for this celebration at 1:30pm at the Courthouse Site. California Chief Justice Tani Cantil-Sakauye will be speaking at the event along with other State Officials.
The Courthouse in my opinion, is the single most significant project to happen to Downtown in the last decade. It will serve as an incredible icon for our city, transform the West Gateway, and is architecturally stunning.
The 5 story building is built on 6 acres, and has public green ways, opportunity for local cafes and services, and will be an economic boon to our Downtown. Up to 400 workers will be on the site at construction peaks, and those workers will be parking in the City Place Garages, which will encourage and support local businesses along Pine Avenue. The project will also renovate the current Courthouse Parking Structure on Magnolia, which will expand its capacity to over 900 parking spaces.
A big thanks to Long Beach Judicial Partners, who is financing the project, and who have worked with our office and the local community to address community questions. Completion is expected in 2013.
If you have any additional questions about the Courthouse project, you can contact the Administrative Office of the Courts at (415) 865-4900, or my office at (562) 570-6919.
Go Long Beach!
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