On February 2, officials from the Aquarium of the Pacific will join with Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia to celebrate the groundreaking of the Pacific Visions expansion - the first major addition to the South Bay institution.

The project will increase the Aquarium's footprint by approximately 29,000 square feet, adding on a two-story building clad within a undlating glass façade.  Inside, the new building will contain a 300-seat theater, featuring a 180-degree screen and a flexibile layout designed to host screenings, lectures and other performances.  Plans also call for a changing exhibits gallery, highlighted by an interactive wall.

San Francisco based architecture firm EHDD is designing the Pacific Visions wing, which is described as the Aquarium's largest addition since opening in 1998.

The $53-million project is expected to open in 2018.

Rendering of the Pacific Visions Expansion. Image: EHDD

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City Looks to Update Land Use and Transportation Along Rail-to-River Corridor

A freight railway that cuts through South L.A. is set for rebirth as an active transportion corridor.

In 2012, Metro began exploring the possibility of transforming a segment of a former freight rail right-of-way that cuts through the heart of South Los Angeles into an active transportation project.  The project, now known as the Rail-to-River corridor, would convert the Harbor Subdivision - which runs east-to-west along Florence and Slauson Avenues - for use by pedestrians and cyclists.

To capitalize on this investment, the Cit