Redevelopment of Former Boeing C-17 Property Moves Forward

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Richard Ricardo
RENDERING of the revised C-17 factory as Relativity’s new HQ.

Relativity Space Inc., a maker of 3D-printed rockets has agreed to lease the former Boeing C-17 manufacturing plant, for a new headquarters in Southern California.

The new million-square-foot factory will be able to house more than 2,000 employees, a metallurgical laboratory and dozens of the firm’s Stargate printers, the largest metal 3D printers in the world. Relativity plans to move in early next year.

Its current 120,000-square-foot Long Beach factory, at 3500 E. Burnett St., will remain in use for Terran 1 production.

The Goodman Group acquired the property in 2019 and intends to divide up its 457 acres into five smaller parcels. It is among the largest industrial sites in the Los Angeles area.

Goodman’s Globemaster Corridor Specific Plan allows for a mixture of a business park, airport parcels, commercial and industrial businesses. This master plan affords the opportunity of bringing in hotels, retail, restaurants and increase mobility choices, which will make it easier to walk, ride a bike or to make connections between local transportation.

There is no intention of including any type of housing within the master plan, which will help mitigate additional traffic with long-term residents. The plan will include parcels that run near Spring Street from California Avenue and south of the Long Beach Airport.

The ultimate goal of this master plan will be to stimulate economic development and job growth, cultivate the existing human capital of Long Beach (referring to the knowledge, skill sets, and motivation people have to provide economic value) and to enhance Cherry Avenue and Spring Street.

The Goodman Group’s vision is to have an economic impact for community betterment. They know that a project of this capacity will take some time to complete. Their intention for the area will add to the modernization and beautification of Long Beach.

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