City Place Officials Announce Plans for Mixed-Use “Urban Stylistic Development” Near Former Walmart Location • Long Beach Post

The Place at City Place Rendering

Rendering courtesy of Studio One Eleven and P+R Architects. 

Additional urbane, chic living spaces are set to call Long Beach home—in the area once relegated to Walmart and Fresh & Easy.

On Thursday evening, City Place officials announced plans to build a new 20-unit mixed-use “urban stylistic development” on Fifth Street. The groundbreaking date has yet to be announced.

“The Downtown area is now flourishing with new activity and growth,” said Tony Shooshani, owner’s representative for City Place Long Beach in a statement. “Together with Studio One Eleven and P+R Architects, we are making every effort to create the right balance of work, eat, live and play that will enhance the existing surroundings and appeal to today’s audiences. Along with repurposing and enhancing of the shopping center we are repositioning the new district to offer a distinct resident, guest and employee experience that reflects and serves our evolving Downtown.”

The mixed-use project will add additional living and retail space for downtown residents, according to City Place officials.

Officials originally announced plans to revamp City Place over the course of the next three years last September, including its new tenant Studio One Eleven.


“They’re moving their headquarters—and I’m talking they have 120 architects—they’re moving their headquarters to this center to be the new anchor tenants for this new development and that is amazing,” said Garcia last fall. “Anytime you have over 100 architects walking around in the downtown core that’s only going to be very good for the rest of downtown Long Beach.”

The four-year project that is set to play out over the course of the next three years will start with the redesign of the old Nordstrom Rack location that will house Studio One Eleven and a renovation of the adjacent parking structure. Building layouts are set to be more open and repositioned to make it more accessible from the North Promenade entrance. The street separating the two sides of retail will be closed to traffic to create a more pedestrian-friendly experience, complete with programming and entertainment opportunities.

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