Workers break ground on 7-story mixed-use development in Downtown

Construction workers have broke ground on a seven-story, 142-unit mixed-use development at the southwest corner of Broadway and Magnolia.

Approved by the Long Beach Planning Commission back in May 2017, the development joins a growing list of under-construction projects in the Downtown area, including the Shoreline Gateway tower, the Broadway Block project, and the all-affordable Beacon complex.

Construction workers break ground on the development at the southwest corner of Broadway and Magnolia Avenue in Downtown Long Beach. Photo by Brian Addison.

“Broadway and Magnolia Apartments is a welcome addition to the ongoing revitalization experienced throughout the City,” Mayor Robert Garcia said when the project became first entitled.

Designed by Los Angeles-based Urban Architecture Lab and overseen by Ensemble Real Estate (the development firm behind the two other, don’t-reach-for-the-sky housing developments along Seaside Way at Locust Avenue and Queens Way), will also include a rooftop pool and 2,954 square feet of commercial retail space on the ground level, with the addition of several pedestrian-friendly streetscape enhancements.

The project is expected to begin accepting leases in spring of 2021.

The complex is located at 500 W. Broadway.

Brian Addison is a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post. Reach him at [email protected] or on social media at FacebookTwitterInstagram, and LinkedIn.

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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.