Plans for The ARTery, a creative residential community, submitted for North Long Beach

Permit applications have been submitted for a 14-unit creative residential development, part of developer Shaheen Sadeghi’s multi-parcel project in North Long Beach.

“It’s creative space for creative use for creative people,” said Sadeghi, founder of LAB Holding. “The clubhouse is shared gallery and commune space where [residents] can gather and have art showings and craft showings or whatever their trade is.”

The project by LAB Holding, the firm behind the Costa Mesa LAB Anti-Mall, is located at 5721 Lime Ave., which is currently a vacant dirt lot. The total building area will be just under 20,000 square feet and will include an affordability component and a density increase, according to Tobin White, operations director of Long Beach-based architecture firm Studio One Eleven.

The townhouse-style units will be three-stories and about 1,200 square feet. Each unit will include an attached garage, a roof deck and a terrace, according to White. Sadeghi explained that some of the units open up onto the street to promote connectivity with the surrounding neighborhood.

“We had several workshops with the community. I like the demographics. I like the diversification. A lot of these folks take pride in ownership,” Sadeghi said. “There is a very cool culture, I just feel like this neighborhood really needs love. That’s really our mission.”

The residential development is part of the LAB’s larger North Long Beach revitalization project known as The Beat, which includes the redevelopment of numerous vacant and underutilized properties along Atlantic Avenue between 56th and South streets. The permitting process for The ARTery could take anywhere between four to six months, according to city staff. Once permitted, Sadeghi said he plans to break ground immediately.

“I’m excited that we’re working through the process with the city. We’re just really anxious to deliver the product to the community,” Sadeghi said. “This product we should be able to do within 12 months, I would say. That’s the goal.”

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