Barker Rinker Seacat Architecture has created a vision for an entirely redesigned block of Atlantic Avenue as part of a North Long Beach facilities program plan developed by Ballard*King & Associates. The block is envisioned to contain a new 19,000-s.f. public library, park/green space, mixed-use retail and housing, and a two-level downtown parking garage.
A full-service branch library will replace the beloved but landlocked Orange Avenue Library several blocks away. The library has been given a prominent location on the corner of Atlantic Avenue and State Street, both to encourage use by the residents of North Long Beach and to ignite pedestrian traffic to this part of the city. The existing Atlantic Theater will be razed for the reconstruction of the block, and the theater tower will be architecturally restyled to anchor the library corner.