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Continued Development Adds “Pizzazz” To Downtown Long Beach

Long Beach Mayor Robert Garcia has often shined a spotlight on the amount of development occurring throughout the city, particularly in downtown, stating that the city is “booming” – and it’s easy to see why. In 2019, six developments were completed downtown, with 23 projects under construction or approved and six more proposed, totaling more than $3 billion of investment by developers, according to city staff. Long Beach Development Services Director Linda Tatum attributes the flurry of downtown developments, in large part, to the Downtown Plan, the city’s guide for development and design standards that streamlines the development process in the area.

Pacific-Pine construction site
Work is underway on Holland Partner Group’s Pacific-Pine development at 635 Pine and 636 Pacific avenues. The project consists of 271 units in two eight-story buildings. (Photograph by Brandon Richardson)

“One thing the Downtown Plan did, and we’re now starting to see the fruits of it, is make Downtown Long Beach attractive for investors. Success breeds success, if you will,” Tatum said. “The plan has incentivized developers to invest in the downtown, be it residential, mixed use or commercial development.”

In 2019, six completed developments brought 621 new residential units to downtown. More than 3,500 residential units and 209 hotel rooms are under construction or have been approved, with an additional 816 residential units and 919 hotel rooms proposed by developers. Many of these projects include thousands of square feet of commercial space, which will bring additional retail and services to residents and visitors alike. These figures do not include future commercial and hotel uses at the proposed Queen Mary Island because those plans have not been finalized by developer Urban Commons.

Acres of Books demolition
Demolition has begun on a portion of the historic Acres of Book building to prepare for the Broadway Block development by ONNI Development Group. The project consists of 400 units in two buildings – a 21-story tower and a seven-story mid-rise – and 32,800 square feet of commercial space. (Photograph by Brandon Richardson)

Tatum acknowledged that every development boom eventually recedes as vacant land becomes scarcer, particularly in a city like Long Beach that is already mostly built out. However, Tatum said this inevitable slowdown in coming years is not a bad thing. In fact, she said it will be a good opportunity for city staff to assess the impacts of these new developments and reexamine the Downtown Plan to ensure it still fits with what is needed and desired in the area. The plan could then be updated to focus on infrastructure and mobility, or continue to emphasize the creation of housing. But for now, the development of vacant land and surface parking lots is positive for Downtown Long Beach, she said.

“The key objective is to make downtown a safe and attractive place that people want to come to. When you have dead spaces, it feels like a failure; it feels like something went wrong there,” Tatum said. “To the extent that we’re filling in those gaps, it just demonstrates that it’s a hot market and that [Long Beach] is a place that people want to invest. It fills out the fabric of what the vision is for the city. The downtown will be more vibrant and more active – new development really starts to create the pizzazz.”

The Alamitos rendering
The Alamitos, a 136-unit residential development by Sares-Regis Group at 101 Alamitos Ave., is expected to be completed early next year. (Photograph by Brandon Richardson)

Compiled by Long Beach Development Services and the Long Beach Business Journal as of December 9, the following list includes details of all downtown developments completed in 2019, as well as those under construction, approved and proposed, alphabetically.

Completed in 2019

442 Residences

Address: 442 W. Ocean Blvd.

Developer: Ensemble Real Estate

Building Height: Four stories

Units: 94

Parking: 152 spaces

Amenities: A 1,633-square-foot rooftop deck with outdoor kitchen, fitness center, plaza-level pedestrian paseo and dog park.

Start/Completion Dates: 2017/2019


AMLI Park Broadway

Address: 245 W. Broadway

Developer: AMLI Residential

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 222

Commercial Space: 6,007 square feet

Parking: 320 stalls

Amenities: Pool and deck areas, a podium-level clubhouse, and ground floor fitness center and multi-purpose room.

Start/Completion: 2016/2019


Huxton

Address: 227 Elm Ave.

Developer: City Ventures

Building Height: Three stories

Units: 40 townhomes

Parking: 40 one-car garages, 10 guest parking spaces

Amenities: Solar powered, all-electric townhomes. A community room building, outdoor courtyards and an integrated pedestrian paseo. On-site bike storage and a bike repair room.

Start/Completion: 2017/2019


The Linden

Address: 434 E. 4th St.

Developer: Sares-Regis Group

Building Height: Five stories

Units: 49

Commercial Space: 2,500 square feet

Parking: 82 stalls

Amenities: Fitness center, outdoor kitchen and community spaces, and ground floor bicycle kitchen.

Start/Completion: 2017/2019


Long Beach Civic Center

Developer: PECP

Building Height: 11-story City Hall (411 W. Ocean Blvd.); 11-story Port Administration Building (415 W. Ocean Blvd.); two-story Billie Jean King Main Library (200 W. Broadway)

Start/Completion: 2016/2019


Oceanaire

Address: 150 W. Ocean Blvd.

Developer: Lennar Multifamily Communities

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 216

Commercial Space: 1,500 square feet

Parking: 406 stalls

Amenities: A courtyard sitting area, fitness center, pool and deck area, and a clubhouse, as well as improvement of Victory Park and the development of a new city fitness park and dog park at the Seaside Way grade.

Start/Completion: 2016/2019

Under Construction/Approved

5Nº at The Streets

Address: 495 The Promenade North

Developer: Long Beach Center, LLC

Building Height: Four stories

Units: 20

Commercial Space: 4,604 square feet

Parking: 30 stalls

Amenities: A 24-hour eatery on the ground floor.

Start/Completion: 2018/2020

Status: Under construction


The Alamitos

Address: 101 Alamitos Ave.

Developer: Sares-Regis Group

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 136

Commercial Space: 2,560 square feet

Parking: 174 stalls

Amenities: Fitness center, rooftop deck and club room, bike kitchen and storage room

Start/Completion: 2017/Early 2020

Status: Under construction


Aster

Address: 125 Long Beach Blvd.

Developer: Raintree-Evergreen LLC

Building Height: Eight stories

Units: 218

Commercial Space: 7,292 square feet

Parking: 312 car stalls, 44 bicycle stalls

Amenities: 11,600-square-foot, open-to-the-sky courtyard with a swimming pool, spa, barbecue area, and lounge seating amenities on the third floor. A bicycle kitchen and a co-working space on the ground floor with Long Beach Boulevard frontage. A 749-square-foot rooftop lounge on the eighth floor.

Start/Completion: To be announced (TBA)/TBA

Status: Approved


The Beacon

Address: 1201-1235 Long Beach Blvd.

Developer: Century Housing

Building Height: Beacon Place – Seven stories; Beacon Pointe – Five stories

Units: 160

Commercial Space: 6,184 square feet

Parking: 200 car stalls, 72 bicycle stalls

Amenities: The two buildings will be connected at their third levels by a 23,735-square-foot courtyard. The courtyard area will include a 1,311-square-foot community room. Other amenities include a 1,100-square-foot library, two media rooms, supportive services space, a 1,400-square-foot fitness center and large building lobby areas.

Start/Completion: 2017/Early 2020

Status: Under construction


The Breakers Building

Address: 210 E. Ocean Blvd.

Developer: Pacific6

Building Height: 14 stories

Units: 175 hotel rooms

Commercial Space: 13,300 square feet

Parking: TBA

Amenities: Ground floor dining, ground floor wine bar, penthouse dining, rooftop bar, spa and fitness spaces, and meeting rooms.

Start/Completion: 2019/TBA

Status: Under construction


Broadway Block

Address: 200-250 Long Beach Blvd.

Developer: ONNI Development Group

Building Height: Two-story tower, seven-story mid-rise

Units: 400

Commercial Space: 32,807 square feet

Parking: 582 car stalls, 104 bicycle stalls

Amenities: A proposed partnership with California State University, Long Beach for programming of commercial/public spaces, and a housing component for students.

Start/Completion: 2019/TBA

Status: Under construction


Broadway And Magnolia

Address: 500 W. Broadway

Developer: Ensemble Real Estate

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 142

Commercial Space: 4,110 square feet

Parking: 191 car stalls, 21 electric vehicle stalls, 94 bicycle stalls

Amenities: Ground floor retail/restaurant space, ground floor bike kitchen.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


The Hotel

Address: 107 Long Beach Blvd.

Developer: Yogesh Patel

Building Height: Five stories, 30,620 square feet

Units: 34 guest rooms

Parking: 1,440 stalls

Amenities: TBA

Start/Completion: 2019/TBA

Status: Under construction


Inkwell

Address: 127-135 E. Broadway

Developer: Raintree-Evergreen LLC

Building Height: Eight stories

Units: 189

Commercial Space: 10,000 square feet

Parking: 268 car stalls, 40 bicycle stalls

Amenities: A fitness room, club room, roof decks and a swimming pool

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


Locust Long Beach Apartments

Address: 1112-1130 Locust Ave.

Developer: South Park Group

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 97

Parking: 122 car stalls, 20 bicycle stalls

Amenities: A bicycle kitchen, a 2,000 square-foot fitness center, a 2,588 square-foot courtyard and 2,500 square feet of open space.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


Mixed-Use Project

Address: 1101-1157 Long Beach Blvd.

Developer: Rockefeller Partners

Building Height: Eight stories

Units: 120

Commercial space: 6,000 square-feet

Parking: 150 car stalls, 45 bicycle stalls

Amenities: Pool deck

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Under construction


Mixed-Use Project

Address: 507 N. Pacific Ave.

Developer: Anastasi Development Company

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 157 condominiums

Commercial Space: 9,000 square feet

Parking: 209 stalls

Amenities: Two recreation decks and a rooftop deck.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


Ocean Center

Address: 110 W. Ocean Blvd.

Developer: Pacific6

Building Height: 14 stories

Units: 80

Commercial Space: 7,200 square feet

Parking: 160 stalls

Amenities: Rooftop terraces and common spaces.

Start/Completion: 2018/TBA

Status: Under construction


Ocean View Tower

Address: 200 W. Ocean Blvd.

Developer: MEIAO Investment

Building Height: 12 stories

Units: 106

Parking: 150 stalls

Amenities: Pool and spa, community room, fire pit, fitness room, outdoor dining and a dog run.

Start/Completion: 2017/TBA

Status: Under construction


The Pacific

Address: 230 W. 3rd St.

Developer: Sares-Regis Group

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 163

Parking: 244 car stalls, 50 bike storage spots

Amenities: Rooftop deck and club room with a kitchen, fitness center, outdoor kitchen, community living rooms, and a bike workshop and storage room.

Start/Completion: 2017/Early 2020

Status: Under construction


Pacific-Pine

Address: 635 Pine Ave./636 Pacific Ave.

Developer: Holland Partner Group

Building Height: Two eight-story buildings

Units: 271

Commercial Space: 1,305 square feet

Parking: 341 car stalls, 56 bicycle stalls

Amenities: Pine Avenue building features one retail space, one main resident lobby and one amenity room; Pacific Avenue building features a main resident lobby and ground floor residential uses.

Start/Completion: 2018/2021

Status: Under construction


Residences At Linden

Address: 135 Linden Ave.

Developer: Residences at Linden, LLC

Building Height: Five stories

Units: 82

Commercial Space: 4,091 square feet

Parking: 135 car stalls, 20 bike stalls

Amenities: A courtyard, an enclosed terrace, an outdoor roof terrace, a 549-square-foot gym and a 1,244-square-foot club room.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


Residential Project

Address: 320 Alamitos Ave.

Developer: Urbana Development, LLC

Building Height: Seven stories

Units: 77

Parking: 105 stalls

Amenities: A 4,081-square-foot rooftop deck and a 793-square-foot community room.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


Residential Project

Address: 825 E. 7th St.

Developer: Firth Howard

Building Height: Five stories

Units: 19

Parking: TBA

Amenities: TBA

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


Shoreline Gateway

Address: 777 E. Ocean Blvd.

Developer: Anderson Pacific, LLC

Building Height: 35 stories

Units: 315

Commercial Space: 6,700 square feet

Parking: 458 stalls

Amenities: A 4,081-square-foot rooftop deck and a 793-square-foot community room.

Start/Completion: 2018/TBA

Status: Under construction


Sonata Modern Flats

Address: 207 Seaside Way

Developer: Ensemble Real Estate

Building Height: Five stories

Units: 113

Commercial Space: 2,000 square feet

Parking: 176 stalls

Amenities: A media room, a 3,309-square-foot roof deck and a 3,000-square-foot club/exercise room.

Start/Completion: 2017/2020

Status: Under construction


Third + Pacific

Address: 131 W. 3rd St.

Developer: Ensemble Real Estate

Building Height: A 23-story high rise and an eight-story mid-rise.

Units: 345

Commercial Space: 16,000 square feet

Parking: 483 stalls

Amenities: 5,841 square-feet of club rooms, fitness and amenity areas.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved


West Gateway

Address: 600 W. Broadway

Developer: Trammel Crow

Building Height: Six buildings ranging from six to 40 stories

Units: 756 units

Commercial Space: 3,200 square feet

Parking: 1,440 stalls

Amenities: TBA

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Approved

Proposed/Under Review 

Adaptive Reuse Hotel Project

Address: 110 Pine Ave.

Developer: Pine Street Long Beach, LLC

Building Height: 13 stories

Units: 210 hotel rooms

Commercial Space: 6,000 square feet

Parking: TBA

Amenities: A rooftop food and beverage space and 7,659 square-feet of recreation space.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Proposed


American Life Hotel

Address: 100 E. Ocean Blvd.

Developer: American Life, Inc.

Building Height: 30 stories

Units: 429 hotel rooms

Commercial Space: 50,359 square feet

Parking: 151 stalls

Amenities: 23,512 square feet of restaurant space and 26,847 square feet of meeting and ballroom functions

Status: Under review


Assisted Living Facility

Address: 810 Pine Ave.

Developer: Global Premier Development

Building Height: 10 stories

Units: 78

Parking: 70 stalls

Amenities: A front porch, rooftop garden and terrace.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Under review


First Street Hotel

Address: 123 W. 1st St.

Developer: Pacific Property Partners

Building Height: 38 stories

Units: 280 hotel rooms

Commercial Space: TBA

Parking: 252 stalls in an eight-level parking structure

Amenities: Lounge, fitness room, terrace and restaurant space.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Proposed


Ocean Village

Address: 1-11 Golden Shore

Developer: Greenlaw Partners

Building Height: Eight stories (Buildings 1 & 2), seven or eight stories (Building 3)

Units: 738

Commercial Space: 10,000 square feet

Parking: 1,063 stalls

Amenities: Entertainment terrace, fireside terrace, garden room, game lawn, and resort pool and spa.

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Under review


Queen Mary Island

Address: 1126 Queens Hwy.

Developer: Urban Commons

Building Height: TBA

Units: TBA

Commercial Space: 36,349 square-feet

Parking: 5,772 to 6,472 stalls

Amenities: 2,400-foot-long boardwalk with retail shops, cafes and entertainment space

Start/Completion: TBA/TBA

Status: Under review

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