More parking is coming to Downtown Long Beach: The Planning Commission has formally approved the construction of a five-story parking garage that will add 297 spots.
Situated on Chestnut Avenue between the Long Beach Police Department on its north side and the new City Hall on its south side, the 47-foot parking garage will not be open to the public and will be solely used for police/fire and employee vehicles.
Since the new City Hall and Port of Long Beach headquarters opened last summer, employees have been relegated to the existing parking structure off Broadway and walking through construction zones in order to access the new buildings.
The Downtown Plan requires that parking structures be either hidden by buildings or provide some type of artistic/architectural feature should they openly face roadways—hence the nod to the Pow Wow art festival in the rendering. In this case, a “custom art piece covering most of the elevation or an architectural product or custom architectural design to provide an enhanced elevation facing the public view shed,” according to city staff.
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