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The Long Beach Planning Commission will determine whether developers can move forward with a six-story, 160-unit senior housing development in the Sunrise neighborhood just west of the edge of Signal Hill and east of Wrigley. It is set to be built at 2515 Atlantic Ave.
Should the project become entitled and funding gathered to begin construction, it will not only be one of the city’s largest senior dwellings but 20 of those units will be set aside for Very Low Income persons or couples, meaning a household which makes under 50% the average median income for the area. It will also be the neighborhoods most ambitious housing development: It will shrink the neighboring four-story complex, which is one of the few complexes in what is otherwise a largely suburban neighborhood.
82 units will one bedrooms; 20 will be two-bedrooms; and 58 will be studios.
Designed by Oakland- and Long Beach-based Studio T-Square, the triangular parcel of land will become one when combining nine currently separate parcels—and the space will look entirely different should the project move forward: Warm woods and angular concrete accents will certainly make it not just the city’s most contemporary senior housing development but one of the city’s more intriguing architecturally, where the seeming redundancy of multiple designs makes new developments feel, well, not so new.
The project will also require a zone change as the City’s staff works to rezone properties that are “TransitOriented Development Moderate” or TOD-M, part of an extensive effort to provide denser housing near transit-rich corridors.
The project faces the Planning Commission for both its zone change and entitlement this Thursday, Oct. 5.