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Follow the Mayor: Grand Prix kick-offs construction and Michael’s Pizzeria Grand Opening
Grand Prix

Tuesday was a day of grand openings and kick-offs.

 

Mayor Foster joined Grand Prix Association of Long Beach President and CEO Jim Michaelian for the kick-off of the first full day of constructing 1.97 miles of track through the streets of Downtown Long Beach.  The 39th Annual Toyota Grand Prix will run April 19 – April 21.

(Left to right) Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association; Mayor Foster; Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT series; and Stephan Papadakis, owner of Papadakis Racing.

(Left to right) Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association; Mayor Foster; Jim Liaw, president and co-founder of Formula DRIFT series; and Stephan Papadakis, owner of Papadakis Racing.

Mayor Foster also joined the grand opening of Michael’s Pizzeria on the Promenade.  After the ribbon-cutting, Michael’s Pizzeria in Downtown Long Beach was officially open for business.

 

Mayor Foster joins Michael Dene, owner of Michael's Pizzeria, in front of Long Beach's newest restaurant.

Mayor Foster joins Michael Dene, owner of Michael’s Pizzeria, in front of Long Beach’s newest restaurant.

 

Michael's Pizzeria

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Mayor joins The Promenade Ribbon Cutting celebration
The Promenade

The Promenade Transformation Complete

A Wonderful New Way to Enjoy all Downtown Has to Offer

 

Today, Mayor Bob Foster and Councilmember Suja Lowenthal, 2nd District, celebrated the completion of The Promenade, whose pedestrian-oriented transformation connects the Downtown waterfront to three blocks of vastly improved residential, commercial, retail and restaurant venues.

 

“We are extremely proud of our work here on The Promenade,” Mayor Foster said. “These improvements are a great example of wonderful work of the former Redevelopment Agency that residents, businesses and visitors alike are still benefiting from.”

 

The Promenade features a beautifully landscaped walkway linking retail centers, the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center, the Pine Avenue dining and entertainment district and the East Village Arts District. It now features three mixed-use developments, landscape and streetscape improvements, seating, public art plazas, Promenade Square, and a new and expanded Bikestation Long Beach that breathe life into the area.

 

“The Promenade is now an incredibly inviting public space where we can gather and connect with each other as a community,” Councilmember Lowenthal said. “By encouraging residents and visitors alike to meet, shop, eat, and stroll, we are enhancing the vibrancy of our wonderful Downtown.”

The third and final phase of The Promenade transformation, which was recently completed, includes upgraded storm drains, new hardscape, landscape, pedestrian and special lighting, new traffic signals, gateway signage, community chess tables, a dog rest area and site furnishings. Eight additional bike racks have been added to the nine originally planned for a total of 17 bike racks.

 

The public is invited to celebrate the newly completed Promenade during a free community mixer on Thursday, February 7, from 5 to 9 pm. The event coincides with the Downtown Long Beach Associates’ (DLBA) annual Celebrate Downtown event, which features the Spirit of Downtown Award; live entertainment; tastings from Promenade restaurants; a pet-friendly environment and free two-hour parking at the CityPlace parking structure. To RSVP please call 562.436.4259. For more information, visit www.downtownlongbeach.org.

 

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Follow the Mayor: Grand Prix Photos

 

 

Mayor Foster joined Vice Mayor Suja Lowenthal and Jim Michaelian of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach at the Grand Prix Motorsport Walk of Fame ceremony. Mayor Foster presents a plaque to 2012 Motorsport Walk of Fame honoree Scott Pruett.

 

Mayor Foster introduces Rick Galles. The Galles Racing Team also joined the Motorsport Walk of Fame.

 

Mayor Foster visited Downtown Long Beach Associates' Grand Prix kick-off celebration.

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