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Affordable Housing Project Kicks Off Mid-Town

R.D. Olson Construction announced the groundbreaking of an affordable housing project at Anaheim and Walnut valued at $44 million. The project features ground-up construction and is expected to be completed by summer 2023.

“With affordable housing becoming an ever-increasing priority in the state of California, R.D. Olson Construction is expanding our multifamily expertise by partnering with two new mission-based developers,” said Bill Wilhelm, president at R.D. Olson Construction.

Anaheim and Walnut is a 207,000 square-foot mixed-use development by Bridge Housing, in partnership with the City of Long Beach and the Long Beach Housing Authority, located at 1500 East Anaheim St. The 88-unit building includes a mixture of one-, two- and three-bedroom affordable housing units, some with balconies, for formerly homeless seniors (age 55+) and low-income families that earn between 30% and 60% of AMI.

The project features four stories of residential apartments over ground-floor commercial space, with a partially wrapped three-story parking structure. The fourth-floor terrace of the parking garage features amenities including a tot lot, exercise equipment, barbecues, seating areas, trellises, community planters and rubber surface flooring.

The building’s skin will include a mixture of Hardy plank lap siding and panels, colored three-coat plaster and vertical aluminum decorative fins adding to the design elements. R.D. Olson Construction also is building the shell for a 18,459 square-foot community space that will house a Wellness Community Center operated by The Children’s Clinic to provide healthcare for the neighboring community.

R.D. Olson Construction partnered with SVA Architects on the project.

LBCC Launches Student Overnight Parking Program

Long Beach City College (LBCC) officials have announced the implementation of a pilot Safe Parking Program for enrolled students to reside in their vehicles overnight in a secure campus location. This pilot program is the only known program of its kind in the region at a community college.

LBCC initiated this program to address the needs of unhoused students and provide a safe place for them to park overnight.

All currently enrolled students who are experiencing homelessness are eligible to stay in the secured Pacific Coast Campus Parking Structure, seven nights a week, between 10 p.m. and 7 a.m. The students will have access to restrooms and Wi-Fi throughout the night. They will also have access to showers at the Pacific Coast Campus between 6 a.m. and 8 a.m. daily.

For this pilot program, LBCC students must be independent with no spouses, partners, or children sleeping in the vehicle with them. Service and Emotional Support Animals are allowed to stay with the students if proper documentation is provided.

“The unfortunate truth is that LBCC has close to 70 students sleeping in their cars each night —quite possibly more,” said Long Beach Community College District (LBCCD) Interim Superintendent-President Dr. Mike Muñoz. “If we can help to keep our students safe so they can better focus on their student responsibilities, this program is absolutely worth pursuing. Our goal at LBCC is always to remove barriers that get in the way of our students’ success.”

Students participating in the Safe Parking Pilot Program would also be case managed by LBCC staff in order to find more long-term and stable housing.

LBCC has contracted with a security firm to keep watch throughout the duration of the pilot program from Oct. 25, 2021 to June 30, 2022. Safe Parking LA (SPLA) will serve as a consultant to the College’s Basic Needs Program, which is overseeing the effort, providing technical assistance and training for the first three months.

The pilot program is the latest in LBCC’s efforts to assist unhoused students. The LBCC Foundation has a fundraising group that focuses on finding housing solutions and the LBCC Basic Needs Office was formed in recent years to provide food and other assistance for students.

Advocate for Earthquake Brace and Bolt Funds

Former 5th District Councilwoman Gerrie Schipske has called upon the mayor and City Council to advocate with the state for “Earthquake Brace and Bolt” funds for all areas of Long Beach.

“In reviewing the announcement from the State Earthquake Brace + Bolt program, which provides financial assistance for homeowners to lessen the potential for damage to their house during an earthquake, I found only two Long Beach zip codes (90802 and 90806) listed as eligible for this round of funding,” says Schipske.

She is currently a candidate for the 5th Council District and previously organized Ready Long Beach, the Local Great ShakeOut and Vial of Life programs to assist residents.

Schipske notes that this round of funding for the “brace and bolt” program is Oct. 27 to Dec. 1.

The EBB program was developed by the California Earthquake Authority (CEA) and the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) and annually announces eligible zip codes for funding. EBB offers up to $3,000 toward a code-compliant seismic retrofit for houses that qualify.

“With the growing possibility of a major earthquake hitting Southern California in the next few years, it is imperative that Long Beach residents be provided funding to earthquake retrofit their homes. Perhaps the state can use some of the tax surplus or request some of the soon to be enacted federal infrastructure funding to expand this program for all of Long Beach.”

“I am also concerned that the EBB program website fails to list the City of Long Beach ‘Permit & Building Department Information’ for residents seeking information on what is required locally. Residents should consult with the department to find out what permits are needed for this project.”:
https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/Homeowner-Resources/Permit-Building-Department-Info
https://www.longbeach.gov/lbds/building/permit-center/building-permits/

Here is a link to the program: https://www.earthquakebracebolt.com/getmedia/15d11bd9-06ea-46ae-b581-7c48ea33bd05/EBB-ONE-SHEET-CAMPAIGN-2021-final.pdf.

PRM Streamlines Processes

The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) is making it more convenient for the public to obtain permits and reserve public spaces through a new online application system.

The public can now use the digital system to reserve park community centers, pools, picnic and bandshell areas, amphitheaters, the archery range, gymnasiums, athletic fields, beaches and waterways, as well as permits to gather for small gatherings in open spaces.

Previously, applicants needed to apply in person or could download and print an application, manually fill it out and return it by fax, mail or in person. Now, the fillable online form can be submitted online, with an immediate digital confirmation and all other associated documents that may be required can be uploaded electronically as well.

Once an application is approved, users receive an email confirmation and are asked to pay any associated fees, which also can be paid online.

The online Application for Facility Use Permit is available at https://forms.longbeach.gov/Forms/Landing.

For more information, contact the Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine at (562) 570-3111.

City Seeks Feedback on Plans for Lincoln Park

The Long Beach Department of Parks, Recreation and Marine (PRM) and the Office of Councilwoman Cindy Allen are inviting the public to see plans and submit feedback for downtown’s redesigned Lincoln Park, which is set to reopen in 2022. The park has been closed since 2017 for construction of the Civic Center complex.

Originally designated as Pacific Park in 1888 and renamed Lincoln Park in 1915 with the installation of the iconic Abraham Lincoln statue, Lincoln Park is the oldest park in the city. The new Lincoln Park, expected to open sometime next year, will be the finishing touch on the Civic Center complex that includes the recently rebuilt City Hall, Port of Long Beach headquarters and Billie Jean King Main Library.

An online public survey to collect feedback about the plans and programming for Lincoln Park is available now in English, Khmer, Spanish and Tagalog. Printed versions of the survey also will be available at the Billie Jean King Main Library. Submissions will be accepted through Dec. 31.

Plans for Lincoln Park are currently being highlighted in a brief video online and include the following features:

  • Abraham Lincoln’s original statue, along with a Lincoln penny sculpture
  • Children’s discovery zone and outdoor classroom
  • Dog park, with areas for both large and small dogs
  • Fitness equipment and fitness loop
  • Grass areas, open for seating and play
  • Half-size basketball court
  • Landscaping
  • Outdoor reading room
  • Playground
  • Small skate park, with ground-mounted elements
  • Updated restrooms

For more information about Lincoln Park, contact Capital Projects Manager Tony Resendez, at (562) 570-6258.

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