$11.1M Pedestrian Bridge in DTLB Continues to Take Shape Under Construction

Photo by Brian Addison. Renderings courtesy of the City of Long Beach. 

The construction of a $11.1M, 605-foot long pedestrian bridge along Seaside Way in DTLB officially started construction and will connect the Long Beach Convention’s west-facing walkway and esplanade all the way to the Performing Arts Center.

Inspired by the break of a wave, the bridge will have a glass-and-metal canopy that is lit by LED lights at night and paved with greenery and phone charging stations under its roof.

“The bridge will serve as a landmark within the Convention Center Complex and greater downtown area,” stated Mayor Robert Garcia. “It will help our economy by stimulating tourism in Long Beach and by making it easier for conventioneers to access the Peforming Arts Center.”

As for the cost, of which $9.3M of the total is due to construction alone, the Tidelands Operations Fund will fund the project given the project sits south of Ocean. (Tidelands funds are solely designated for the space at our marinas, beaches, and waterways, including the Convention Center, the Queen Mary and adjacent properties, the Aquarium of the Pacific, and Rainbow Harbor.)

Expected to be completed within a year, the bridge will accompany a private 113-unit multi-family residential development that is approved for the .67 acre lot that is 207 Seaside Way (or what is now the lot that sits behind the historic Breakers Building in DTLB).

The ground level will have 16 apartments: 9 studios, 6 one-bedrooms, and 1 two-bedroom unit while additionally including “a 1,221 sq. ft. lobby, a 1,963 sq. ft. café, a 1,467 sq. ft. fitness center, a 4,742 sq. ft. promenade, 2,058 sq. ft. of landscaping, a media room, a mail room, and storage space,” according to the review draft.

Levels 2, 3, and 4 will host 25 apartments: 11 studios, 8 one-bedrooms, and six 2-bedrooms. Level 5 will have 22 apartents: 11 studios, 7 one-bedrooms, and 4 two-bedrooms; it will also host a 3,381 sq. ft. common space area.

The square footage of studios will range from 515 to 690 sq. ft.; one bedrooms will vary from 844 to 919 sq. ft.; and two bedrooms will run the gamut from 938 to 1,205 sq. ft.

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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 16 nominations and two additional wins for Best Political Commentary for his work at KCET and Best Blog for Longbeachize, a section of the Long Beach Post. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.