Queen Mary getting $250M boost with new entertainment complex

Owners of struggling Long Beach tourist attraction hope for a turnaround

Mar.March 22, 2017 05:30 PM
Rendering of Queen Mary Island complex (Gensler)

Urban Commons, the owner of the historic Long Beach cruise ship Queen Mary, received some bad news last week when a marine survey found the ship could quickly collapse if its disrepair isn’t addressed. But the L.A. investment firm seems to be taking it in stride. 

Urban released a $250 million plan to Long Beach officials Wednesday that it says will help pay for the repairs on the rusting ship, the Los Angeles Times reported.

Plans call for a large entertainment complex adjacent to the ship, with a 2,400-foot-long boardwalk that has a new small-boat marina as well as cafes, bars and shops. There would be about 700,000 square feet of retail space, a 200-room hotel and an amphitheater for concerts.

Urban Commons also plans to bring in London-based Urban Legacies, which creates entertainment and sporting attractions. The firm would launch its first North American location at the site and bring in activities such as a trampoline park, zip-lining, surfing and simulated skydiving.

Revenue from the development would go toward the $289 million in repairs the 81-year-old ocean liner needs.

The ship currently generates income from visitor fees, festivals, Halloween attractions and its 314-room hotel. Revenue from the hotel and events totaled $15 million in 2014, according to the Times. [LAT]Subrina Hudson

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