Rose Center seeks to repurpose Boeing C-17 site

The Rose Center for Public Leadership, jointly operated by the National League of Cities (NLC) and the Urban Land Institute (ULI), is working this week with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to help transition Boeing´s closing C-17 military airplane manufacturing facility back into productive use.

Boeing Corporation is closing its manufacturing facility for the C-17 Globemaster III, a large transport military airplane. During its peak, the C-17 facility employed up to 5,000 people, but since 2010 Boeing has steadily downsized the C-17 workforce.

The company is committed to a long-term presence in Long Beach because of its historical investment in the city and will continue to maintain a sizeable workforce on other projects.

The city is seeking a development strategy for the site to be acquired, developed or planned to further the city´s vision of becoming a hub for emerging technology and innovation uses, with a focus on job retention and creation.

The study area is about 130 acres including the Boeing-owned C-17 site, portions of the Long Beach airport leased/ used by Boeing and parcels around Cherry Avenue.

The National League of Cities (NLC) is dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. NLC is a resource and advocate for 19,000 cities, towns and villages, representing more than 218 million Americans.

The Urban Land Institute is a nonprofit education and research institute supported by its members. Its mission is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. Established in 1936, the Institute has more than 36,000 members worldwide representing all aspects of land use and development disciplines.