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©2010 Bob Foster
Grand Opening of Fire Station 12
Fire Station 12

Mayor Bob Foster, Councilmember Steven Neal, Long Beach Development Services, and the Long Beach Fire Department hosted the Grand Opening and Dedication of newly constructed Fire Station 12 today.

 

“The opening of Fire Station 12 demonstrates the City’s commitment to improving public safety for Long Beach residents and businesses,” Mayor Bob Foster said. “This new state-of-the-art facility also showcases our commitment to find a way to overcome challenging economical times and continue to improve our communities – creating a more healthier, stable environment where families can thrive.”

 

Funded by the former Long Beach Redevelopment Agency (RDA), new Fire Station 12 and the Emergency Resource Center is located at 1199 E. Artesia Blvd., on a 1.2 acre site covering the entire northwest corner of Artesia Boulevard and Orange Avenue.

 

“I am proud to unveil our new Fire Station 12; the first new residential fire station in Long Beach in decades,” said Councilmember Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District.

 

“In addition to servicing the North Long Beach area in cases of emergencies, this cornerstone facility will also serve residents as a new venue to hold community meetings. This is but one of many exciting projects to move forward as part of the ‘Uptown Renaissance.’ Investments like this bring vitality to the neighborhood, synergy to the Artesia corridor, and renewed civic pride in our community.”

 

The 11,296 square-foot Fire Station has gender-neutral dorms and a 100-foot-tall communication tower that will greatly enhance radio coverage throughout the city. The Station has been built on a highly visible major traffic corridor; which provides noise and traffic-safety benefits. The current Station 12 is much smaller, and is located in a nearby residential neighborhood at 6509 Gundry Ave. The building was built in 1929, and converted into a fire station nine years later.

 

“Since 1938, the Long Beach Fire Department has provided excellent service to the residents, businesses and visitors of North Long Beach,” Fire Chief Michael DuRee said. “With the completion of new Fire Station 12, our ability to respond to the needs of the community will be greatly enhanced. Not only does this new facility provide a much better working environment for the Firefighters that will call it home, but it does so in a very economical and efficient way. This new facility will greatly enhance our ability to respond, at a moments notice, to incidents throughout the City and provide a number of enhancements that the community will benefit from.”

 

The project will receive a minimum of a Gold rating from the US Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) as it was built with several green technology elements, including:

  •  Rain water retention system
  • Designated parking for Low Emissions Vehicles
  • 90 percent of the fire station has natural light and operable windows
  • Materials used in the buildings were regionally sourced and from recycled products
  • Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) products promote healthy air
  • High efficiency mechanical systems lower energy usage
  • Water saving plumbing fixtures include dual flush toilet fixtures
  • 15 percent of the project’s energy usage is fueled by solar power
  • The landscape design uses native vegetation with water-saving irrigation systems
  • 90 percent of construction debris was diverted from landfills and recycled

 

In addition, the facility will also serve as home to a 5,294 square-foot Emergency Resource Center (ERC) that will serve as an important supply and distribution facility in North Long Beach. With the ERC in place, Station 12 will allow the City to create a regional disaster supply depot with enough materials to handle the northern half of the City in case of a major disaster.

 

The project cost for Station 12 was $10,033,000.

 

 

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Fire Station 12

 

Mayor Foster with Councilmember Al Austin (left) and Councilmember Neal (right).

Mayor Foster with Councilmember Al Austin (left) and Councilmember Neal (right).

 

Fire Station 12

 

Chief Mike Duree, Mayor, Councilmember Neal and Fire Station 12 crew get ready to push the rig into the new station.

Chief Mike Duree, Mayor, Councilmember Neal and Fire Station 12 crew get ready to push the rig into the new station.

 

It's a tradition to dedicate a new fire by backing in a fire engine truck into the station.

It’s a tradition to dedicate a new fire by backing in a fire engine truck into the station.

Chief Duree, Mayor and Deputy Chief Rich Brandt in front of Fire Station 12.

Chief Duree, Mayor and Deputy Chief Rich Brandt in front of Fire Station 12.

©2010 Bob Foster
California’s Solar Initiatives Celebrated in North Long Beach
GRID Alternatives

 

Mayor Foster joined Governor Jerry Brown, Assemblymember Steve Bradford, Councilman Steve Neal and GRID Alternatives at a press conference to celebrate California’s solar power initiatives.  The event took place in Long Beach’s District 9 where the Mendoza home was outfitted with new solar panels as part of the Single-Family Affordable Solar Homes (SASH) program.  GRID Alternatives is a nonprofit solar installer that gives underserved communities access to solar power and solar jobs.

Mayor Foster with Susie Chang, executive director of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles.

Mayor Foster with Susie Chang, executive director of GRID Alternatives Greater Los Angeles.

Mayor Foster speaks with home owner Maribel Mendoza and her son before the press conference.

Mayor Foster speaks with home owner Maribel Mendoza and her son before the press conference.

Mayor and Councilman Neal speak to students from LA Trade Technical College.  These trainees installed the solar electrical system for the Mendoza family.

Mayor and Councilman Neal speak to students from LA Trade Technical College. These trainees installed the solar electrical system for the Mendoza family.

GRID Alternatives

 

GRID Alternatives

(Left to right) Assemblyman Steven Bradford, Governor Jerry Brown, Mayor Foster.

 

 

(Left to Right) Assemblyman Steven Bradford, Eric, Maribel Mendoza, Adolfo, Mayor Foster and Councilman Steve Neal.

(Left to Right) Assemblyman Steven Bradford, Eric, Maribel Mendoza, Adolfo, Mayor Foster and Councilman Steve Neal.

©2010 Bob Foster
Renovation of Three Housing Developments Opens New Doors for 180 Residents
Evergreen

City Celebrates Grand Re-Opening of Evergreen Apartments

March 14, 2013 – Today, the City of Long Beach, The Long Beach Housing Development Company (LBHDC) and developer/property manager Abode Communities celebrated the grand re-opening of Evergreen Apartments, three multi-family developments that provide affordable housing for 180 residents.

 

“Affordable housing rehabilitation is one of the best ways to restore vitality and livability to a community,” said Mayor Bob Foster. “This development is a part of the City’s ongoing efforts to revitalize neighborhoods by removing blight to make communities more attractive, safe and economically viable.”

 

The sites – The Palm, The Sage and The Jasmine – are located at 1801 E. 68th St., 1823 E. 68th St. and 1528 N. Freeman Ave., respectively.

 

“The Evergreen Apartments Renovation project will transform properties into quality affordable housing, a much needed asset in our community,” said Councilmember Steven Neal, who represents the 9th District. “These properties received a much needed facelift, and also provide secure housing for families while offering residents valuable services.”

 

The major renovation effort included a new tot lot, new roofs, new landscaping, building façade improvements, new apartment interiors, and high-efficiency mechanical and plumbing. Residents will have access to after-school programs, computer and job training, and adult education programs at little or no cost.

 

“Through our public-private partnerships we are making significant efforts to improve living conditions for families and provide affordable housing units for Long Beach residents,” said Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell, who represents the 4th District.

 

“The rehabilitation of these properties are part of the LBHDC’s community revitalization efforts,” said Patrick Brown, Chair of the LBHDC Board. “We remain committed to increasing the availability of safe, decent and affordable housing for Long Beach residents.”

 

Abode Communities purchased the properties from The Long Beach Housing Development Company in 1999. Both Abode Communities and the LBHDC continue their work in advocating and supporting the new construction and renovation of quality, affordable homes that promote safe and livable neighborhoods.

 

“We’re excited to bring Abode Communities’ value-added services to these residential communities,” says Robin Hughes, President of Abode Communities.” By repositioning these properties, we are able to enhance our physical asset, extend the affordability of the apartments and bring onsite services to the residents.”

 

Abode Communities offers a full-time resident services program that helps families and individuals create a path toward greater self-sufficiency while providing the tools needed to physically, emotionally and economically thrive. On-site resident services will include after-school programs; computer training; resource and referrals to healthcare, job training and adult education programs; employment preparation and assistance; financial education; educational workshops; and community outreach events.

 

Extending the long-term affordability of these properties for a term of 55 years, Evergreen Apartments create safe, healthy and viable neighborhoods. Nearly 180 residents are currently living at the sites, with each household earning between $27,518 and $30,862 or 50 percent to 60 percent of Area Median Income.

 

The project was financed through a combination of Low Income Housing Tax Credit equity provided by U.S. Bancorp Community Development Corporation, a subsidiary of U.S. Bank; construction and permanent loans from Union Bank; tax exempt bonds issued by California Municipal Finance Authority; HOME Investment Partnership Program funds obtained through The Long Beach Housing Development Company; and a private developer loan to Abode Communities.

About The Long Beach Housing Development Company

The Long Beach Housing Development Company was established by the City of Long Beach in 1989 to assist in the creation and development of affordable housing. The LBHDC’s mission is to provide safe and livable neighborhoods in Long Beach by promoting, developing, and preserving decent, safe and affordable housing for the very low-, low- and moderate-income residents of Long Beach. The LBHDC offers a range of low cost financing, subsidies and other forms of financial assistance to encourage the development of affordable housing that improves the quality of life of the residents it serves. Visit www.lbhdc.org for more information.

About Abode Communities

Abode Communities has been a leader in neighborhood transformation for 45 years, with a mission to open new doors in people’s lives through the creative and responsible design, development and operation of service-enhanced affordable housing. Abode Communities’ specific strength is producing and preserving sustainable, multifamily affordable housing to address the needs of Southern California’s large workforce, low-income families, seniors and individuals with special needs. The organization owns 37 properties throughout the region that are home to more than 6,600 residents. For more information, please visit www.abodecommunities.org.

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Top photo (left to right): Mayor Foster; Bridget Sramek, Councilmember Patrick O’Donnell’s Chief of Staff; Robin Hughes, CEO of Abode Communities and Councilmember Steven Neal.

(Left to right): Councilmember Neal, Mayor Foster, Robin Hughes, Bridget Sramek and Pat Brown, Board Chair of the Long Beach Housing Development Company.

(Left to right): Councilmember Neal, Mayor Foster, Robin Hughes, Bridget Sramek and Pat Brown, Board Chair of the Long Beach Housing Development Company.

 

©2010 Bob Foster
Mayor Foster Joins RMD Group Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
RMD Group

Mayor Foster, Councilmember Steve Neal and Deputy City Manager Reggie Harrison joined RMD Group‘s grand opening celebration of their new corporate office in Long Beach.  The RMD Group recently purchased the former Police Athletic League building in North Long Beach.  Their services include experiential marketing campaigns, data capture and analysis, display design and fabrication, social media and web integration, event and promotional staffing and large format printing.

RMD Group's CEO Ralph Holguin gave Mayor Foster a tour of the new office.

RMD Group’s CEO Ralph Holguin gave Mayor Foster a tour of the new office.

RMD Group's clients include Ford.

 RMD Group

 

Ralph Holguin (left) speaks with Mayor Foster and Deputy City Manager Reggie Harrison.

Ralph Holguin (left) speaks with Mayor Foster and Deputy City Manager Reggie Harrison.

 

Mayor Foster takes a photo with the Holguin family.

Mayor Foster takes a photo with the Holguin family.

(Left to right) Mayor Foster; Councilmember Neal; Ralph Holguin; RMD Group co-owner Patzy Holguin; RMD Group vice president Laura Gonzalez and Reggie Harrison.

©2010 Bob Foster
Follow the Mayor: North Long Beach Community Assembly

 

Councilmember Steve Neal hosted the North Long Beach Community Assembly on Saturday, July 23 at Houghton Park.  North Long Beach residents listened to updates from City Departments, neighborhood associations and other community initiatives.  This was also a great opportunity for residents to meet new neighbors.

Councilmember Neal hosted the community meeting at Houghton Park.

Mayor speaks to Long Beach Public Works director Mike Conway.

Long Beach resident Dave San Jose introduces the Mayor to some new neighbors.

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