Salvation Army’s Citadel Campus Moves Forward with Proposal for Gymnasium, Soccer Field in Long Beach

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Renderings courtesy of the Salvation Army.

Plans are moving forward with the Salvation Army’s proposed expansion of their Citadel Campus after its third and final phase was approved by the Long Beach Planning Commission.

Located at the northeast corner of Long Beach Blvd. and Spring, just east of Veterans Park, the 3.6-acre lot will eventually be home to a 23,000 sq. ft. gymnasium and youth soccer field.

According to the staff report, “Access to the Citadel Chapel Hall and gym would be provided by drive aisles from Spring St. and Long Beach Blvd., through the existing parking lot. Landscaped areas and decorative fences would be location along the Spring St. corridor and along the perimeter of the campus area…

“The gym is designed in a contemporary style, with an architectural theme that blends appropriately with the design of the existing gym and lobby.”

This is the third phase of the redevelopment; its first phase began in 2014, which converted vacated businesses into social service spaces while the second phase, launched in 2016, created the chapel that is currently in place. This third phase will also include a pedestrian path connecting the a new 70-space parking lot to the existing chapel.

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Brian Addison has been a writer, editor and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food to politics to urban transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 12 nominations and an additional win for Best Political Commentary. Born in Big Bear, he has lived in Long Beach since college. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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