Long Beach City Council approves $1 million This week will pay for the ongoing maintenance of the Queen Mary, the latest round of funding aimed at restoring the ageing tourist attraction.
The converted British ocean liner, owned by the city, was used as a museum, hotel, restaurant and event space before it was closed to the public in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Inspectors found the permanently docked vessel was in disrepair before closing and was in danger of sinking without urgent repair work.
The partial reopening of the Queen Mary Hotel, originally scheduled for October, is scheduled for the end of the year.
Since 2017, studies have estimated the ship will require up to $289 million in renovations and upgrades to keep parts of it from flooding.The Queen Mary needs $23 million, according to an inspection report released last year by Elliott Bay Design Group, an ocean engineering firm hired by the city. Repair now to prevent it from overturning.
This year, the city council approved $5 million for critical repairs, including the removal of aging lifeboats that were stressing the ship’s support system and causing “severe cracks”, and the task of getting the boat into shape began.lifeboat is will be removed After a failed bid process to identify conservationists or historic groups to revive them.
Eagle Hospitality Trust, the ship’s former operator file for bankruptcy protection January 2021 and abandoned the lease agreement The city said it was in June of that year after defaulting on several terms of the charter, including failing to maintain the aging ship.
The city signed a new agreement with Evolution Hospitality in June that has already spent $2.8 million City Fund Work has begun on plumbing repairs, a new Wi-Fi connection, handrail fixes and energy-efficient light bulbs, as well as the ship’s boiler and heat exchanger, the city said in a report Submitted to council this week.
The $1 million, passed in a 5-0 vote Tuesday, is expected to go toward repairs to the ship’s linoleum floors and carpets, refrigerators, elevators and galley exhaust hoods, which filter heat, fumes and grease while cooking. Guest room locks, which are known to be malfunctioning, will also be replaced, the report said.
The city said it expects those costs to be offset by revenue from special events and onboard filming.
Before the pandemic, the ship was generating $3.3 million in tax revenue annually from operations as a hotel, concert and festival venue, and film location.
The ship has been used as a filming location for period productions such as “Pearl Harbor” and “The Aviator,” as well as TV series such as “Baywatch” and “Charlie’s Angels.”Recently, the event space in the boat shadow has hosted pop music festivals such as Tropical Music and Burrito Festival.