State OKs Long Beach Courthouse Partnership Plan
By Karen Robes Meeks
LONG BEACH – It looks like the Long Beach Courthouse will stay in Long Beach, thanks to an approval from the California Joint Legislative Budget Committee.
The committee has agreed to let the Administrative Office of the Court enter a public/private partnership with the city of Long Beach to develop a new courthouse downtown in the West Gateway area between Broadway and Third Street, west of Magnolia Avenue, the city announced.
The administrative office, which has been in talks with the city and the Redevelopment Agency for more than a year, is poised to “begin a competitive selection process of soliciting proposals for the design, finance, construction, operation and maintenance of a new facility,” according to the release.
The new courthouse, which will replace the dilapidated one at 415 W. Ocean Blvd., is to be completed in 2012.
“This is first in the state of California for a project of this magnitude,” Mayor Bob Foster said in a statement. “Long Beach has found a unique and creative way to maximize our local dollars and enter into a public/private partnership that will result in a new courthouse for our city.”
“The AOC is eager to begin the selection process for the development of this urgently needed new courthouse,” said Ronald Overholt, Chief Deputy Director of the Administrative Office of the Courts.
“The Long Beach public-private partnership will serve as a model that can effectively be used in state government projects, and be replicated throughout other areas of the state.”
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