LONG BEACH - Possibly for sale: one 39-year-old Civic Center complex. Used as the site of scenes for the original "Battlestar Galactica" TV show and as a stand-in for Starfleet Academy in the 2009 "Star Trek" movie reboot.
The Long Beach City Council was scheduled to meet in closed session Tuesday to discuss selling the prime block of downtown real estate, which includes City Hall, the Main Library and the Los Angeles County Courthouse.
But City Attorney Robert Shannon nixed the idea, saying the meeting discussed more than its stated purpose - price and terms of sale - and included one item required to be debated in a public forum.
Shannon said the issue will be brought up again, possibly next week.
The purpose of the original discussion was to see if the council wants to solicit proposals to build a new Civic Center on the property, bounded by Magnolia Avenue to the west, Broadway Avenue to the north, Pacific Avenue to the east and Ocean Boulevard to the south, according to Director of Government Affairs and Strategic Initiatives Tom Modica.
Mayor Bob Foster and other city officials have mentioned the idea of some sort of public-private partnership as one solution to replacing the Civic Center.
Officials have considered replacing the Civic Center for years. City Hall, built in 1974, was constructed in the concrete "brutalism" architectural style, popular at the time, and the adjacent main library has been the butt of jokes as resembling a bunker more than a place of learning.
Seismic issues associated with City Hall have led some to call for an expensive retrofit, and a rooftop park built on the library is no longer used because of water that once leaked into the facility.
A study session two years ago estimated an overhaul of City Hall alone at $170 million.
Building an entirely new Civic Center complex, not including land and other costs, was placed at $80 million to $120 million for a "highly cost effective" option, $130 million to $180 million for an "institutional quality" building and $200 million for a facility of "enhanced quality," according to a 2011 presentation.
The courthouse is already slated to close after the nearby $395 million Gov. George Deukmejian Courthouse is completed in September.
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