“The P3 method was selected because it enabled the City to procure a new Civic Center without any bond issues, tax measures or voter approvals, and included over 100 outreach sessions. This method also facilitated design and operational innovation from the P3 developers; provided a high level of 40-year life cycle maintenance for the new Civic Center; and integrated significantly increased private real estate development of the downtown area through the City’s contribution of land.”
Director of Economic and Public Development, City of Long Beach
The project includes a 270,000-square-foot City Hall office building, 93,500-square-foot Main Library, 232,000-square-foot Port Headquarters office building, the redevelopment of historic Lincoln Park, and a below-grade parking garage. The Civic Center plan optimizes operations and maintenance, maximizes street parking, introduces plazas and promenades, and expands bike infrastructure to create a superior hierarchy and quality of place. The Civic Center is enlivened by commercial development on parcels of land monetized on behalf of the City to support financing of the project. Through such creative financing, the City pays no more to occupy its facilities than it did for the old facilities.
Best Social Infrastructure Project, P3 Bulletin 2016 Finalist