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After months of delays because of the coronavirus pandemic, Long Beach is finally set to move forward on demolishing its old City Hall.

The City Council voted at its Tuesday, Feb. 16, meeting to approve amendments to contracts with the developers behind the new Civic Center, which opened in 2019.

City staff did not say during Tuesday’s meeting exactly when the old City Hall — which has sat vacant since the new Civic Center opened — will be demolished. But a staff report on the item noted that city officials and the developer, Plenary Properties Long Beach, “have worked together on a plan to proceed with old City Hall demolition activities now.”

That demolition will allow for construction on the long-awaited revitalized Lincoln Park to begin. The park, which will occupy the corner of Ocean Boulevard and Pacific Avenue just south of the Billie Jean King Main Library and east of the new City Hall, will include a dog park, a playground, a basketball court, fitness equipment, an outdoor reading room and multiple public art installations, among other features.

“I’m just so excited about this,” said Councilwoman Cindy Allen, whose Second District includes the park. “Lincoln Park is going to be a gem in our city. The planners did such an amazing job on this, and I just cannot wait to see it completed.”

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