Thursday, July 18, 2024

First look: Inside DTLB’s newest high-rise, Onni East Village (yes, the one attached to Acres of Books)


Onni East Village, the collection of structures taking over the entirety of the west stretch of Long Beach Blvd. between Broadway and 3rd Street, has seen its most obvious structure, the 24-story, 252-foot high mixed-use residential tower, near completion with its 224 units.

Accompanying it to the south will be an eight-story, podium-style, mixed-use residential building. Also known as platform- or pedestal-buildings, podium-style buildings use a “podium,” typically made of concrete or steel, with light wood frames constructing the stories atop it. This will house 190 units; it remains unknown if any will be affordable units.

A view from the top floor of Onni East Village. Photo by Brian Addison.

As for the Acres of Books space—whose facade was deemed a historic landmark and therefore could not be destroyed, hence serving as the facade of the structure—will have its shell re-built to make way for a 9,300-square-foot food hall.

No official announcements have been regarding how the food hall will operate, who will be a tenant, or how it will be designed.

Leasing begins in November of this year, with tenants allowed to move into the space come January.

Brian Addison
Brian Addison
Brian Addison has been a writer, editor, and photographer for more than a decade, covering everything from food and culture to transportation and housing. In 2015, he was named Journalist of the Year by the Los Angeles Press Club and has since garnered 25 nominations and three additional wins. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards.


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