Announcement Expected on Port of LA Marine Research Center Name

The $500 million project is expected to house research facilities and vessels, an interpretive center and wave tank

Officials plan to unveil more details and a name Monday for a new urban marine research center planned for a 100-year-old Port of Los Angeles pier.

More details regarding a "major funding commitment" for the project also are expected at the mid-day Monday news conference.

The 28-acre site is located at City Dock No. 1, south of the Ports O' Call Village marketplace in San Pedro. The project -- Phase 1 is scheduled for completion in 2018 -- will feature marine research and education facilities, lecture halls, an interpretive center and a seawater wave tank, allowing researchers to study tsunamis.

Berths will be provided for research vessels as part of a project expected to cost $500 million, according to Port of LA officials. The entire project is expected to be complete within 20 years.

The Southern California Marine Institute is expected to be one of the first tenants at the dock when its operations are moved to a converted warehouse. SCMI is currently housed at the port's Terminal Island.

Other tenants will include university and government agencies and researchers.

Click the image at right for a look at the project area.

At Monday's news conference at the port's Berth 58, part of the planned research complex, officials plan to unveil the name and the nonprofit fund organization.

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