The City of Long Beach has earned an "A" by the Los Angeles
Conservancy, in a new study that measures historic preservation in
88 cities within Los Angeles County.
“The City of Long Beach has a strong commitment to historic
preservation,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “The City's
remarkable efforts at preserving local historic and cultural
resources add to the quality of life in our neighborhoods, and to
our housing and tourism value.”
The Preservation Report Card released by the Los Angeles
Conservancy evaluates each community based on its preservation
policies, with the goal of improving preservation at the local
level by recognizing communities with solid programs in place, and
suggesting areas of improvement.
Long Beach received a score of 230 out of a possible 245, and was
one of 17 cities to receive an “A”; the Preservation
Report Card assigned 51 cities a failing grade.
The Historic Preservation Element (HPE) was adopted in 2010 as part
of the Long Beach 2030 General Plan Update to better integrate
historic preservation into City procedures and decisions.
Outlining a vision for future historic preservation and the actions
that need to be taken to achieve it, the HPE seeks to recognize and
protect areas, sites, and structures with architectural,
historical, cultural, or archaeological
The City’s preservation efforts have been further
demonstrated through the establishment of a Cultural Heritage
Commission, which identifies buildings and neighborhoods with
architectural and historical value; develops and maintains
appropriate settings for cultural resources; makes recommendations
for City landmarks and historic districts; and reviews design of
all changes to designated properties.
As part of the recent adoption of the City’s new building
code, more flexible guidelines have been implemented for the
conversion of existing buildings for new purposes, to include
adaptive reuse provisions for designated landmarks. Currently
in the construction phases, development of the historic City Hall
East is slated to provide 156 market rate residential units to the
former office building. Similarly, adaptive reuse of the
landmark Meeker-Baker Building will allow for a revitalized
six-story, 127,000-square-foot medical office space. To be
occupied by Molina Healthcare, completion of this project in June
2014 will result in 800 to 1,000 new jobs in the City.
The City continues to build momentum for historic preservation
initiatives. Reviews of the Mills Act property tax reduction
program for historic buildings are currently under way; this
program is one of the best incentives for historic preservation
efforts. The Cultural Heritage Commission and Planning Bureau
staff will be researching and considering new locally designated
landmarks and historic district design guidelines in the near
Long Beach currently has 17 assigned historic districts, including
Belmont Heights, Drake Park / Wilmore City, and the Wrigley
Area. Additionally, 130 landmarks have been designated around
the City, including the Long Beach Museum of Art, Broadlind Hotel,
Fire Station No. 10, and The Wilmore building.
For more information on the City’s Historic Preservation
Element or to view an updated list of designated landmarks in Long
Beach, please visit www.lbds.info/planning/historic_preservation