May 7, 1989
The first phase of the $550-million Greater Los Angeles World Trade Center in Long Beach--a project that on completion will be the second largest of its kind in the nation--opens Tuesday. Consisting of a 27-story office tower with 553,026 square feet of office and retail space, the initial phase is 60% signed and committed, according to Michael J. Choppin, president and chairman of IDM Corp. The trade center is sponsored by the Port of Long Beach and is a joint venture of IDM and Kajima International Inc. "The United States Customs Service will be moving its Pacific Region Headquarters from 300 N. Los Angeles St. in downtown Los Angeles to the World Trade Center this fall," Choppin said, adding that the unit of the Treasury Department will occupy three floors or about 54,000 square feet in the project near Ocean Boulevard and the Long Beach (710)
August 20, 1987
The City Council has approved the land sale agreement for the proposed $96-million Inland Pacific World Trade Center in downtown Pomona. By a 3-1 vote, the council Monday sold the city's share of the 4.5-acre site across from City Hall for $1 million to Kajima International Inc. Kajima, which has contracted to build the project for the developer, Urban Equities Ltd., will not transfer the deed to Urban Equities until the city has given final approval on all remaining plans, city officials said.
November 24, 1994
Mayor Beverly O'Neill has appointed 16 public and business leaders to the board of directors of a proposed $100-million aquarium. The board will work with developer Kajima International Inc. while the aquarium is being designed and built, then oversee its operation when it is completed, said Robert J. Paternoster, manager of the city's Queensway Bay waterfront development project. The proposed Long Beach Aquarium of the Pacific is expected to anchor the development.
October 13, 1994 |
The city's Redevelopment Agency has allocated $2.3 million toward the design of a proposed aquarium that many officials view as the key to an ambitious downtown revitalization plan. The money will be used to pay architects and designers to develop plans for the aquarium and conduct a feasibility study, said Susan F. Shick, Long Beach's community development director. The agency's decision marks the first time the city has set aside funds for the project.
June 16, 1994 |
A $100-million aquarium, considered the linchpin of a massive waterfront expansion plan, moved a step closer to reality this week as city officials selected a Japan-based construction firm to plan the facility and secure funding. The city's Redevelopment Agency unanimously approved the deal Monday, giving Kajima International Inc. an exclusive one-year contract to secure $100 million in revenue bonds to pay for the 100,000-square-foot aquarium.
July 6, 1986
Trumpets, a 16-foot hot-air balloon, 5,000 small balloons and eight confetti cannons will signal the start of work Wednesday on the Greater Los Angeles World Trade Center/Long Beach. "The (ground-breaking) ceremonies will also honor the World Trade Center's sponsor, the Port of Long Beach, on the occasion of its 75th anniversary of service to the Southern California shipping industry," said Michael J. Choppin, president and chairman of the board of IDM Corp.