Officials at the Long Beach Museum of Art have unveiled the latest plan in their long quest to move from the cramped brick-and-wood house on Ocean Boulevard to a larger facility.
This time, officials are considering a sprawling three-story building once occupied by Thrift Village, a secondhand store, on The Promenade downtown. The store at 218 The Promenade closed last year.
Museum officials have asked the city's Redevelopment Agency to purchase the building, valued at about $1.9 million, and donate it to the museum. Officials said they hope to raise $6 million through donations to pay for the move and various renovations, including the addition of a theater.
Redevelopment board members expressed enthusiasm for the plan, but said they need to study the matter further before deciding.
"This is obviously a legitimate request, so now it's a matter of determining the feasibility," said board member Donald Westerland. "We didn't hear a lot of details and specifics."