Planning Commission approves 5-story parking structure for new Civic Center

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.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.


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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.