Officials from the Navy and the Maritime Administration, along with state and local leaders, this week celebrated the transfer of 125 acres at the former Long Beach Naval Complex in California to the city of Long Beach to develop as a port facility.
The conveyance raises the total amount of land transferred to the city to more than 400 acres. The Port of Long Beach plans to use the property for staging containerized cargo. Long-term plans include developing marine container facilities, including storage yards, loading and unloading facilities, and other related services, reported the Maritime Administration (MARAD).
Navy and Long Beach officials first worked out a lease agreement for the city’s Harbor Department to take control of the 500-acre complex on Terminal Island in 1998, allowing the port to break ground on a new container terminal. The formal property transfer is taking place in stages as environmental issues are addressed, according to the Maritime Reporter.
Following this week’s transfer, there are only two smaller parcels left to be turned over in the next few years. MARAD supports the transfer of surplus federal property for the development of seaports through its Port Conveyance Program. Since the program’s inception in 1994, MARAD has supported the transfer of nearly 2,750 acres to state and local governments to expand the nation’s marine transportation system.
“This property transfer is a symbol of the successful partnership between the Navy, MARAD and the city of Long Beach that turned the closure of a major Navy facility into a thriving commercial terminal,” said Harbor Commissioner Tracy Egoscue.