UPDATED: City leaders discuss purchase of building in connection with possible Angels move

Long Beach officials are eyeing the purchase of a building on Elm Avenue in Downtown that could potentially be used by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, which are in early talks to move the team to the city.

The Post initially reported that city officials discussed the purchase of the Chase Bank building as well at 401 E. Ocean Blvd.—for use as a possible headquarters of the team—but an official at City Hall with close knowledge of discussions said that building is not connected at all with the potential Angels move.

Members of the Long Beach City Council were first informed about the possibility of the Angels relocating to Long Beach during a closed session discussion on Feb. 5. During that meeting, officials discussed the purchase of a parking garage and building at 121-129 Elm Ave. owned by Southern California Edison.

Officials at City Hall said they could not comment on discussions in closed session.

The Angels, like most teams, currently house their corporate offices inside their home stadium. Sources said the discussions about the Angels came up during talks over the Elm Avenue property, but the city has been eyeing the building for some time.

The stadium itself would be constructed on a roughly 13-acre lot southeast of the Long Beach Arena and Performing Arts Center. The “elephant lot”—so-named for its days hosting the Ringling Bros. Circus—is among the largest undeveloped parcels of land in Downtown Long Beach.

Editor’s note: This story has been updated with city officials disputing that the Chase Bank building is at all connected to talks with the Angels.

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Jason Ruiz has been covering City Hall for the Post for nearly a decade. A Long Beach resident, Ruiz graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a degree in journalism. He and his wife Kristina and, most importantly, their dog Mango, live in Long Beach. He is a particularly avid fan of the Dallas Cowboys and the UCLA Bruins, which is why he sometimes comes to work after the weekend in a grumpy mood.