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Downtown Community Plan
As you may have heard, this Tuesday, the Long Beach City Council will discuss and hopefully adopt the Downtown Community Plan. The Downtown Plan is a master zoning document that provides direction and guidelines for future development, design standards, signage, and much more. Before I joined the Council, I served on the Downtown Visioning Task force which began the process to develop this master plan. It's important that we adopt a plan that encourages economic growth, supports the neighborhoods, and boosts our local economy. If you live or work in Downtown, please get involved and share your thoughts on this important initiative.
Downtown Property Based Improvement District
The Downtown Long Beach Associates is currently taking public comments and input on their proposed new property based improvement district. The PBID process is a complex but important project for the future of Downtown. I encourage you to learn more and fill out a survey with your thoughts about the PBID here.
Additionally, both Vice Mayor Lowenthal and I are hosting community meetings about the PBID in January. The Second District meeting is on Thursday, January 12, at the Main Library Downstairs Foyer at 6pm. The First District meeting is on Monday, January 23 at the Long Beach City College Small Business Development Center on Pine & 3rd at 6pm. Please join us for these important discussions.
'Parklet' Coming To East Village
You may have read in today's Press-Telegram about the new Parklet concept that started in both New York and San Francisco. Parklets are open spaces that convert surface parking spaces into extended patios and seating areas with landscaping and dining opportunities. Long Beach is proud to be the first city in Southern California to encourage and install Parkets. The East Village will be opening its first Parklet at Berlin Coffeehouse, with two more also planned for Lola's Mexican Cuisine and Number Nine in Retro Row. The business owners and residents in the neighborhoods receiving these parklets have been closely involved in the project and are excited about this new unique development.
All Downtown Trees Being Trimmed
If you live in Downtown, North Pine, Willmore, or the East Village, you may have noticed a major tree trimming project underway. Almost all of the public trees in Downtown Long Beach will be trimmed by January 31st. If you have any questions about this project, please call my office at (562) 570-6919.
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