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Carson development boom continues amid state housing crisis

Thousands of residential units, hundreds of thousands of square feet of retail space and multiple industrial buildings are under construction or proposed in the City of Carson, according to data from city staff. The addition of residential units comes amid a statewide housing crisis that has local, county and state officials seeking methods to encourage development.

Carson Arts
The finishing touches are being put on Carson Arts, which includes 46 affordable units for working artists and their families. (Photograph by Brandon Richardson)

“We are doing our part to address the shortage,” Carson Community Development Director Saied Naaseh said. “They’re units that are lacking in this area for younger folks just getting out of college, getting their first job, or young families just getting started that can’t afford traditional single-family units.”

There are 903 residential units currently under construction or approved in Carson, including apartments, townhomes and condominiums. Additionally, more than 4,500 residential units are proposed and at various stages within city departments. Most of the proposed units are within two projects – 1,200 units at 21212 Avalon Blvd. and 2,920 units at 21207 Avalon Blvd. However, city staff explained that finalized plans will likely have fewer units.

Carson is attractive for developers because of its location; it is nestled between Orange County and Downtown Los Angeles right off the 91, 405 and 110 freeways, Naaseh explained. Its distance from major job hubs makes it more affordable for developers to build, while still being commutable for residents working in either job market, Naaseh said.

Union South Bay Carson
Union South Bay by developers the Wolff Company and Faring includes 357 residential units and 32,000 square feet of ground-floor retail at 21521-21601 S. Avalon Blvd. (Photograph by Brandon Richardson)

Located a short drive to the ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, as well as its access to three freeways, Carson has long been a sought-after destination for businesses requiring industrial space. The city has numerous industrial parks featuring hundreds of buildings; however, some were constructed decades ago and have become functionally obsolete.

“Industrial properties are really hot in Carson, with vacancies at virtually zero. Prices keep going up because demand is very high. We’ve reached a point where [developers] are buying up older industrial buildings, knocking them down and building new ones.”

The city currently has nine industrial projects at various stages, for a total of around 1.6 million square feet.

One of the city’s largest and most ambitious developments is a 648,000-square-foot outlet mall by developers Macerich and Simon Property Group off the 405 Freeway at Avalon Boulevard. Plans include shops and restaurants elevated above street level, with ground-level parking, and 2,500 linear feet of frontage along the freeway. There is an additional 117,800 square feet of commercial space in various stages, some as part of mixed-use developments.

The outlet mall project is located atop a former landfill, which requires additional mitigation measures, including 3,000 piles being driven into the ground to support the structures and keep them from sinking as the landfill dissipates. The first phase of preparations, including the pouring of the foundation, are being overseen by the City of Carson. The site will be handed off to developers in early 2021, at which time construction will begin, Naaseh said.

Union South Bay Carson
Crews work on the exterior of Union South Bay, located across the street from Carson City Hall. (Photograph by Brandon Richardson)

“It’s very unique. We’re excited because it’s about 44 acres right along one of the busiest freeways in Southern California,” Naaseh said. “It’s a very desirable site and we found a very desirable use that will bring in sales tax for the city, and will also bring needed amenities to the area.”

To address the city’s needs with regard to future development, staff are in the process of updating Carson’s general plan – development guidelines that layout everything from approved land use to allowable building height. The comprehensive update will ensure the city will be able to provide the appropriate services and that the infrastructure can handle more developments, Naaseh said. The prefered land-use planning will be presented to the community for feedback at the end of March.

The following is a list of developments recently completed, under construction, approved or under review in the City of Carson, compiled by city staff and the Long Beach Business Journal:

Under Construction

Union South Bay – Mixed-Use

Location: 21521-21601 S. Avalon Blvd.

Developers: Wolff Company, Faring

Description: 357 multifamily residential units, 32,000 square feet of ground floor retail and restaurant uses, a 10,000 square foot public plaza at Carson Street and Avalon Boulevard


Fashion Outlets LA – Commercial

Location: Southwest of Del Amo Boulevard and the 405 Freeway

Developer: Macerich/Simon

Description: Los Angeles Premium Outlets on a 157 acre site – Phase 1 is approximately 460,000 square feet with 82 retail tenants and Phase 2 is approximately 188,000 square feet with 37 retail tenants. 


Evolve South Bay – Residential

Location: 20330 S. Main St.

Developer: MBK Homes

Description: 300 multifamily residential units, 12,925 square feet of lease, amenity and commercial space.

Approved

Dolores Condos – Residential 

Location: 21915 S. Dolores St.

Description: Five condominium units.


Birch Specific Plan – Residential 

Location: 21809-21811 S. Figueroa St.

Description: 32 residential condominium units in a three-story building with ground level parking structure.


Brandywine Residential Project – Residential

Location: 1007 E. Victoria St.

Developer: Brandywine

Description: 34 three-story townhomes with attached parking.


Carson Landing Townhomes – Residential

Location: Northeast corner of Central Avenue and Victoria Street

Developer: Brandywine

Description: 175-unit residential condominium project, including 95 three-story townhome units and 80 three-story stacked flat units.


Chick-Fil-A – Commercial

Location: 20501 Avalon Blvd.

Description: Demolition of existing buildings for a new 4,962-square-foot restaurant with drive-through, outdoor seating patio and play-place.


The Carol Kimmelman Sports Academic Complex – Recreational

Location: 340 Martin Luther King Jr. St.

Developer: Carol Kimmelman Foundation

Description: Tennis courts, soccer fields and learning centers operated by the United States Tennis Association, Galaxy Foundation and Tiger Woods Foundation, respectively.


California State Dominguez Hills Master Plan – Mixed-Use

Location: 1000 Victoria St.

Developer: State of California

Description: New faculty, staff and student housing; new office, retail and entertainment center; state-of-the-art gymnasium; conference center; and incubator and convention space.


Tesoro Tank Farm – Industrial

Location: 1150 E. Sepulveda Blvd.

Developer: Tesoro

Description: Construction of six above-ground storage tanks.


Gardena Industrial Building – Industrial

Location: 439 E. Gardena Blvd.

Description: 3,800-square-feet industrial building.

Under Review

223rd Condos – Residential

Location: 123 E. 223rd St.

Description: Nine three-story residential condominiums.


Cambria Court Condos – Residential

Location: 345-349 E. 220th St.

Description: 35 condominiums.


JPI/Kott Specific Plan – Mixed-Use

Location: 21212 Avalon Blvd.

Description: 1,200 apartments and townhomes, 15,000 square feet of retail and a 200-room hotel.


Rand – Mixed-Use

Location: 225 W. Torrance Blvd.

Description: 356-unit apartment complex.


Raising Cane’s Restaurant – Commercial

Location: 20707 Avalon Blvd.

Description: 3,200-square-foot restaurant with indoor seating for 60.


CT Warehouse – Industrial

Location: 333 W. Gardena Blvd.

Description: 145,840-square-foot warehouse and manufacturing facility. 


Creek at Dominguez Creek, Victoria Golf Course – Recreational

Location: 419 Martin Luther King Jr. St.

Developer: Plenitude Holdings

Description: A 170,000-square-foot multi-use indoor sports complex, 80,000-square-foot youth learning, 7,500-square-foot indoor skydiving, 80,000-square-foot marketplace, 35,000-square-foot clubhouse, 50,000-square-foot recreation/dining and a 35,000-square-foot sports wellness center.


223rd Industrial Buildings – Industrial

Location: 2112 E. 223rd St.

Developer: Panattoni

Description: Three light industrial buildings totaling 292,400 square feet.


Air Products Expansion – Industrial

Location: 23300 S. Alameda St.

Description: Company currently produces gaseous hydrogen and is proposing an expansion of their plant to produce liquefied hydrogen.


Rascals Restaurant – Commercial

Location: 205 E. Carson St.

Description: A 2,512-square-foot. restaurant.


Perry Street Industrial – Industrial

Location: 21611 Perry St.

Developer: Ken Philipps

Description: Three light industrial buildings on a 120,000-square-foot lot.  


Imperial Avalon Mobile Home Park Closure and Specific Plan – Mixed-Use

Location: 21207 Avalon Blvd.

Developer: Faring Capital 

Description: Mobile home park closure request, proposing mixed-use development with 2,920 residential units, 27,296 square feet of commercial space and a 27,360-square-foot medical office building.


Prologis Dominguez – Industrial

Location: 18701-18931 Wilmington Ave.

Description: Two industrial warehouses with office: 318,186 square feet and 120,540 square feet.

Completed (within the last 18 months)

Vera Lane – Residential

Location: 21801 Vera St.

Description: 18 condominiums.


Bella Vita – Residential

Location: 402 E. Sepulveda Blvd.

Developer: Equassure

Description: 65 affordable residential units for seniors, 3,000 square feet of ground floor retail, and a community garden.


Sky South Bay Moneta – Residential

Location: 21720 Moneta Ave.

Developer: Equassure

Description: 13 apartments.


Carson Arts Project – Residential

Location:  21205 Main St.

Description: 46 affordable units.


Veterans Village – Residential

Location: 600 W. Carson St.

Developer: Thomas Saffron

Description: Four-story, 51-unit affordable housing mixed-use project with 2,500 square feet of commercial space.


Alere Industrial Building – Industrial

Location: 200 E. Alondra St.

Developer: Alere

Description: A 137,000-square-foot warehouse with 10,000 square feet of office space.


AL2 Warehouse – Industrial

Location: 21900 Wilmington Ave.

Developer: Alpert and Alpert

Description: 411,840-square-foot industrial warehouse.


California Pak – Industrial

Location:  17706 S. Main St.

Developer: California Pak

Description: 101,270-square-foot warehouse industrial building.

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