Construction continues on 142-unit mixed-use development in Downtown

Construction is underway on a seven-story, 142-unit mixed-use development at the southwest corner of Broadway and Magnolia—just across the street from Long Beach’s Governor George Deukmejian Courthouse.

Approved by the Long Beach Planning Commission back in May 2017 and breaking ground earlier this year, the development is part of a heavy list of under-construction projects in the Downtown area, including the Shoreline Gateway tower, the Broadway Block project and the Long Beach Hotel.

Construction continues on the development at the southwest corner of Broadway and Magnolia Avenue on July 20, 2020. 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.

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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 19 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. In 2019, he was awarded the Food/Culture Critic of the Year across any platform at the National Arts & Entertainment Journalism Awards. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.
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