The Navy on Wednesday transferred title for 280 acres of former military property to the Port of Long Beach. The transfer was made after the government completed seven years of environmental clean-up at the site of the former Long Beach Naval Complex.
Congress in the mid-1990s ordered closure of the former Navy base and Naval Shipyard. The 500-acre site is located in Long Beach, one of the largest container ports in the country. The port and the Navy in 1998 agreed to a lease arrangement in which the property will be used for container shipping.Long Beach is constructing a 375-acre, $576 million container terminal for Hanjin Shipping Co. The first phase of the terminal is scheduled for completion in July 2002.
Before transferring title for the property to Long Beach, the Navy had to ensure the site was environmentally sound. Clean-up work has been completed on the first 280 acres. Environmental work on the remaining acreage should be completed next year.
- Bill Mongelluzzo