By Anthony Alaniz
Mercedes-Benz could soon be occupying the old Boeing facility on Lakewood Blvd. and Conant St. in Long Beach after sitting empty for eight years.
Mercedes-Benz, which has a 15-year lease that begins March 1 at the facility, has yet to release any details about what it plans to do with the 1.1 million square foot facility.
“Aerospace is disappearing from this area and going to other states but to have activity like that, a car manufacturer assembling cars?,” Fred Mooshagian, who worked at the facility nearly 60 years ago, said in an interview with NBC Southern California. “Absolutely!”
“We know that Mercedes-Benz is coming in, and then we have the Habit and Starbucks,” said Gary Maldia of the sub shop in an interview NBC Southern California. “They will benefit.”
Mercedes Benz, which has been very tight-lipped about its lease, did not return NBC Southern California’s calls for comment Thursday.
With an unemployment rate of nearly 10 percent, Bob Foster, the mayor of Long Beach, hopes Mercedes-Benz will hire locally.
“Mercedes has a big footprint here,” he said in an interview with NBC Southern California. “They have research facilities near by here. This is going to increase their presence in and around Long Beach.
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