Despite 300% rent hike, City Council may extend lease for temporary Fire Station 9

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The Long Beach City Council could approve an 18-month lease extension Tuesday for Fire Station 9’s temporary location. Under the new deal, the city’s rent payment would quadruple on the space that’s needed until a permanent station is built.

Despite 300% rent hike

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Council members approved a three-year lease in 2020 that put the Fire Station 9 resources at an old Boeing employee fitness center near Cherry Avenue and Wardlow Road. That deal cost the city $10,000 per month, but under the new agreement, the monthly payment could be $40,000, according to a city memo.

The 18-month contract could cost the Fire Department $720,000 through March 2025. The city memo says that both the old rate and the new proposed monthly lease are below market rate for similar properties.

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The city has not identified a source of funding for the $535,000 total increase, but it could pay for it using Measure A funds or additional money that could come in before the end of the year.

A rendering of the proposed Fire Station 9 project in North Long Beach. Courtesy of the city of Long Beach

The city is still trying to sell the former Fire Station 9 site and announced in March that it would seek out a broker to help with the process.

Despite 300% rent hike

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