Photos: The old City Hall in Downtown is now a hole in the ground
The old Long Beach City Hall opened in 1976 and lasted nearly 40 years before the City Council approved a deal for a new $520 million replacement after the existing building was found to have seismic structural issues.
Its replacement is a big departure from the old Brutalist building that sat in the heart of Downtown. Gone are the exposed concrete pillars and black windows that made the old building look somewhat like a fortress.
What’s left is a few steel beams, rubble and a hole in the ground.
The new City Hall opened in July 2019 but the demolition of the old building did not begin until 2021. City officials expect to be done with clearing the old building in the next few months, which will make room for a new residential housing project.
A deal was approved in February to build two residential apartment buildings on the site of the old City Hall to complete the overhaul of Civic Center. The buildings will include 580 units as well as ground-floor retail spaces that could include a grocery store.
— Jason Ruiz
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