Fresh Renderings Revealed for Transit-Centric, 120-Unit Complex on Long Beach Blvd.

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Renderings courtesy of Plus Development Group.

Thank the architectural gods, Long Beach.

After revealing dismal (if not outright hideous) renderings of a project set to take over 1105 Long Beach Blvd., fresh renderings of the transit-oriented housing development have been released.

Designed by Architects Orange and developed by one of the groups behind The Current in DTLB, Rockefeller Partners, the development proposes a seven-story structure set to house 120 units along the west side of Long Beach Blvd. just south of 12 St. Reminder: this is just a proposal that has yet to be entitled by facing the Planning Commission let alone approved by City Council.

But: any housing is good housing in this climate.

Set to take demolish a two-story structure along with a handful of one-story structures, the new complex at 1105 Long Beach Blvd. will occupy roughly 108,343 sq. ft. with commercial ground floor space on the first two floors.

While the new renderings reveal a much more ambitious project, it still joins the countless other developments that lack both boldness and interest—along with affordability.

While it remains unclear if any of the units will be affordable nor how much or how little they will cater to parking considering the Blue Line nearby, according to Rockefeller, the “architectural façade is purposeful in its treatment” (?) of the “three different types of unit designs” that include studios as well as one- and two-bedroom units.

“Each unit type has its own distinct architectural language. The corner 2-bedroom units are horizontally oriented to reflect the horizontal movement of the nearby LB Blue Line train. The 1-bedroom units are identified by a vertical frame,’ and create vertical movement that excites the public retail courtyard, as well as the 12th St. façade. Studio units are identified by large blocks of light and dark material, which create a strong graphic pattern and level of visual interest.”

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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.