After initially starting a Property-based Business Improvement District, in 1993, the property owners were committed to keeping the momentum going.
On July 15, 2003, and then again on July 23, 2013, the City Council of the City of Long Beach (“City Council”) re-established the Magnolia Industrial Group and Business Improvement District (“District”), pursuant to the provisions of the Property and Business Improvement District Law of 1994 (“the Law”) Division 18 of the Streets and Highways Code, commencing with Section 36600.
The District falls within a 24-block area generally located east of San Francisco Avenue, south of Pacific Coast Highway, west of Magnolia Avenue and north of Anaheim Street, with an extended portion west of the Southern Pacific Railroad Right of Way, south of Anaheim Street, north of 12th Street and east of De Forest Avenue.
About our association:
The Magnolia Industrial Group Inc. was formed in 1993 by a group of Long Beach property owners in a specific area, who were committed to improving the appearance and safety of their neighborhood. They were concerned that a nearby recycling center was attracting a large number of vagrants, resulting in more crime (as criminals stole items from local businesses to turn in to the recycling center), and an increase in trash. The conditions led to a decrease in the quality of life in the area, and caused land values to drop.
The property owners got together and founded the Magnolia Industrial Group, whose first goal was to get the city to close the recycling center. With the strong backing of area property owners and business people, it took only several months to show that the center violated many city regulations. Soon after that, it was closed. But many area problems remained, and the MIG organization remained in existence. Its members remained dedicated to decreasing crime and improving the appearance and the quality of life in the area.
Working with representatives from the City of Long Beach, they established an assessment district to raise funds necessary for a night-time security patrol, area beautification and local communications. The MIG is the first industrial organization in the country to have created an assessment district, and as such is used as a model for other similar organizations.
Since its establishment, the MIG has seen crime rates in the area drop drastically, and tenant occupancy rates rise. Local property owners have also reported increased tenancy rates, as well as improved property values. The organization remains committed to continuing area improvements.