More details emerge on proposed West Gateway project, home to Long Beach’s tallest building

More details have emerged surrounding the West Gateway, one of the most ambitious projects to be proposed in Long Beach.  The project is being proposed for the massive 5.6-acre space at 600 Broadway, just north of the World Trade Center in Downtown.

Two high-rise towers—one at 21 stories and the fantastically geometric one standing at 40 stories, which surpasses the Shoreline Gateway tower being constructed and currently heading toward the title of being the tallest building in Long Beach—would join four other residential buildings that would create 748 residential units (up from the 694 units originally stated at Mayor Robert Garcia’s development forum last year). Additionally, the project will have 1,510 parking spaces—thanks to various lots including a 9-level parking garage—153 bicycle spaces, and 152 storage units. The proposed project would also include 76,680 square feet of residential common open space; 21,456 square of residential private open space; and 12,491 square feet of public open space.

A rendering of a tall, geometric building shoots through the sky.

The West Gateway project being proposed at 600 W. Broadway. Rendering courtesy of City of Long Beach.

Designed by Studio One Eleven and being overseen by Trammell Crow Residential, Tower 1, the 21-story tower on the eastern-most side of the development, will stand at 239 feet and house 135 residential units. Tower 2, the 40-story tower bordering the western-most edge of the project, will stand at 426 feet while accommodating 204 residential units. Buildings A, B, C, and D will each be seven, six, seven, and five stories respectively, housing 146, 68, 151, and 52 residential units.

Currently, the perpetually empty parking lot behind the World Trade Center near the 710 has long been seen as a site of potential development—and given the project’s lack of proper entitlement and a pending inclusionary ordinance, it could also bring in precious dollars (and possible units within the project) for affordable housing.

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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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