City of Long Beach
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Long Beach, CA 90802
Long Beach, CA - Today, via livestream, the City of Long Beach unveiled a new parking lot in the Virginia Village business corridor located at 5301 Long Beach Blvd. The new lot revitalizes a formerly vacant site and provides public parking for the community.
“The new parking lot in the Virginia Village business corridor reactivates the area with more parking options,” said Mayor Robert Garcia. “We’re reinvesting sustainably, with energy efficient lighting to brighten the shopping experience in North Long Beach.”
The addition of 19 new parking stalls, including one ADA-accessible stall and a soon-to-be installed electric vehicle charging station stall, will support growth and business opportunities in the corridor.
“This new parking lot represents a great milestone for this community and this business corridor,” said Councilmember Al Austin. “Virginia Village is a community of small businesses that is on the cusp of thriving and becoming an economic development success story in Long Beach.”
The Long Beach Department of Economic Development conducted an economic analysis of the Virginia Village area to determine potential opportunities and sites to assist in revitalizing the business corridor. The new parking area reactivates a former auto repair site that was acquired by the City of Long Beach in 2011. After years of monitoring and sample testing, the site was deemed suitable to move forward with construction.
The parking lot was built with sustainability and energy efficiency in mind. In addition to drought-tolerant landscaping, the parking lot features energy efficient LED lighting fixtures, and a solar powered electric vehicle charging station will soon be installed.
Parking is free for the next 90 days. Thereafter, a nominal fee will be charged to support maintenance and equipment upkeep. Parking is available weekdays from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. and weekends from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.
The project is made possible in part through funding provided by Council District 8 and proceeds from the sale of the former redevelopment agency properties.
For information on the City’s economic development efforts, visit: longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/.
About the City of Long Beach
Home to approximately 470,000 people, the multiple award-winning and innovative City of Long Beach offers all the world-class amenities of a large metropolitan city while maintaining a strong sense of individual and diverse neighborhoods nestled together along the California coast. As a full-service charter city, Long Beach is home to the Queen Mary, Aquarium of the Pacific, several museums and theaters, a highly-rated school district, Long Beach Airport, the Port of Long Beach, as well as many award-winning City departments such as Health, Parks, Recreation and Marine, Development Services and more. The City also has a highly respected university and city college, two historic ranchos, five hospitals, five golf courses, 171 parks, miles of beaches, marinas, bike paths and a Bike Share program.
About the Economic Development Department
The mission of the City’s Economic Development Department is to create economic opportunities for workers, investors, and entrepreneurs. This includes making it easier to start and grow a business, streamline the process for property development, and provide businesses with a skilled workforce. The Department includes Property Development, Business Development, and the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network. For more information on the Economic & Property Development Department, please visit http://www.longbeach.gov/economicdevelopment/ or follow us on Twitter @LBEconDev and Facebook.