Long Beach to consider 7-story residential, commercial tower in Downtown • Long Beach Post

The former site of a Methodist church designed by Kenneth S. Wing in Downtown Long Beach could soon become a seven-story mixed-used tower.

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The First Methodist Church building at 507 Pacific Ave., completed in 1974, has already been demolished. Now the developer, Anastasi Development Company, wants permission from the Planning Commission to construct a 79-foot tower on the roughly one-acre site.

The building would include 157 residential units, 9,000-square-feet of commercial space and a two-level, 209-space parking garage, according to a staff report prepared for the Planning Commission.

The plan is in line with the city’s emphasis on transit-oriented housing complexes; a Metro rail station is located just south of Fifth Street.

Despite being designed by Wing—who also designed the now-demolished former courthouse in Long Beach, and was part of a team that designed the soon-to-be demolished Civic Center—the Methodist church building was not considered a historic landmark, officials said in the staff report.

If approved, the building would include:

  • Commercial space on the street level ground floor.
  • Parking garage on the second floor.
  • Floors three through seven would include 44 one-bedroom units, 111 two-bedroom units and two three-bedroom units.
  • Two common area courtyards located on the third floor, and a roughly 10,000 square-foot roof-top deck. It would also include a recreation and fitness room.
  • Electric vehicle charging spaces.

The building will improve the corner of Fifth Street and Pacific Avenue “by introducing a high-quality mixed-use development with a clean, contemporary aesthetic,” using a combination of glass and concrete elements on the exterior, city staff say.

The Planning Commission meets at 5 p.m. Thursday in Council Chambers, 333 W. Ocean Blvd., Long Beach.

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