Thursday, July 18, 2024

Two massive residential projects on Pacific Coast Hwy. move past Long Beach Planning Commission

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A 390-unit, mixed use building at 6615 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. and a 600-unit, double-structure, mixed-use development at 6500 and 6670 E. Pacific Coast Hwy. at have earned their entitlements through the Long Beach Planning Commission—two of three massive residential projects will alter the entire landscape of Pacific Coast Highway as one heads north, coming in from Orange County and crossing into Long Beach.

A rendering of Onni Marina Shores. Courtesy of Onni.

This larger Marina Shores project—led by Onni, the company behind the towering Onni East Village project that spans Long Beach Boulevard between Broadway and 3rd Street—was previously home to anchor tenant Whole Foods before it moved over to the neighboring 2nd+PCH retail complex. With a Petco and an empty grocer—in combination with the Southeast Area Specific Plan, which encourages residential development in the area—a sale was bound to happen: In late 2021, when real estate firm Newmark announced that Onni had purchased the 6.2 acre complex for $67.9M.

Renderings of Onni Marina Shores. Courtesy of Onni.

Presenting their plans the following year, with former Mayor Robert Garcia announcing it at his last Building Long Beach event, two, five-story buildings with 670 units were announced. That was has recently been reduced to 600.

Meanwhile, San Francisco-based firm Carmel Partners have deviated away from their originally proposed 380-unit project in both size and aesthetic, raising the number of units by ten and altering the building’s proposed color, overhang decor, and unit patio spaces. The building will remain six stories, as well as retain its 17 affordable units, while expanding the ground floor retail space to 5,351 square feet (up from 4,800 in the previous iteration).

The Carmel Partners project proposed for Pacific Coast Highway. Courtesy of Carmel Partners.

Taking “advantage of the mild year-round southern California weather,” as a narrative read in the planning document, the proposed development includes some 20,656 square feet of ground level outdoor spaces, 12,485 square feet of interior amenities such as fitness center and co-workspaces, and a 10,000-square-foot roof pool deck that is “oriented in a manner to take in the beautiful coastal views along the Long Beach Shore and advantage of the sunny California weather.”

According to Urbanize LA, Carmel, “has developed a number of high-rise buildings in the City of Los Angeles, including the Cumulus complex in West Adams and the Atelier apartments in Downtown. The company’s other future projects include a proposed 28-story high-rise just south of Beverly Hills and a 35-story development now rising in the Arts District.”

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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