Photo by Sarah Bennett

As part of a complete streets initiative for the Atlantic Avenue corridor, North Long Beach’s main commercial strip will be undergoing a series of improvements over the next seven months. 

The rehabilitations will bring updated median landscaping, new curbs and gutters as well as repaving and restriping of Atlantic Ave. between 52nd St. and North Atlantic Place. 

“We’ve said all along that North Long Beach has great neighborhoods and great neighborhoods deserve great infrastructure,” said 9th District Councilmember Steve Neal. “When we invest in our corridors and create vibrant areas, we create complete streets that will have a ripple effect on the whole area.”

Though medians and decorative crosswalk treatments already exist along some of the stretch of Atlantic Ave., several new projects in the area have made upgrades a priority. In addition to the Atlantic Theatre demolition, which took place in January and kicked off construction of the new North Neighborhood Library, the newly formed Uptown Property and Business Improvement District (PBID)–which stretches up Atlantic Ave. and east on Artesia Blvd.–is also expected to make the corridor a destination for both businesses and residents. 

Rehabilitations will include resurfacing streets with semi-recycled asphalt, constructing new stormwater catch basins, repairing and re-landscaping current medians and creating basic streetscape improvements with new lighting, new bike racks and new bus stops. 

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