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Above and below: renderings of the new CSULB Downtown Village courtesy of Studio One Eleven.
Shortly after it was announced that the Broadway Block development would be providing housing to CSULB graduate arts students, Mayor Robert Garcia announced that DTLB’s The Streets (formerly known as City Place) will be home to a 800 new dorms, 16 classrooms, gallery space, and lab spaces for 1,100 students. Even cooler? The University Art Museum, one of the city’s most underrated art institutions, will also be making its new home in DTLB rather than hidden on campus thanks to a genuinely wonderful design by Studio One Eleven. (Rather ecstatic to be seeing the ladies and gents at Studio stepping out side of their box for this one.)
Historically speaking, CSULB has been removed from the downtown core, after failed attempts by former CSULB President F. King Alexander tried to convert the former AMC Theaters on Pine into classrooms. (They are now the Pacific Court Apartments.) The highrise will “bridge the downtown and the university community,” according to Garcia, by offering a connection between our city’s urban core and the seemingly far-away-East Long Beach base of CSULB.
“I have studied cities across the world and the most successful cities that are the most vibrants are the ones that brought students to the urban core,” Garcia said of the project, set to be built at 4th and Long Beach Blvd.
CSULB President Jane Conoley noted that DTLB and CSULB share the “same spirit of innovation, entrepreneurship, and progress” while The Streets property owner and developer Tony Shooshani said that “students will live [in DTLB], prosper here, and contribute to the future.”
And you can bet your ass they’ll be using the bike share, Metro Blue Line, and Long Beach Transit to explore beyond DTLB. This isn’t just a win for the Downtown, but a win for students, livability, and transit-oriented developments.
We see you, Mayor—we see you.
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