Seaside Way Residential Development in Downtown Long Beach Begins to Take Shape • Long Beach Post

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The 112-unit multi-family residential development known as the Sonata at 207 Seaside Way (or what is now the lot that sits behind the historic Breakers Building in DTLB) is beginning to quickly take shape.

The development was first unveiled in a public review draft back in 2015, with 113 units being proposed.

The positive? They’ve created more curvature to go with the $11.1M pedestrian bridge (that the developer is claiming as their own despite being built with tideland dollars). It feels more appropriate with the surrounding scenery versus their very square-like previous design.

Playing it safe by keeping it five stories—meaning it will only reach 85-feet at its peak despite being surrounded by towering, well, towers—the Sonata project will occupy a .67-acre lot that currently serves as a more uninspiring parking lot. Speaking of parking, according to the initial study, there will be 144 on-site parking spots with an addition 32 parking spaces secured at a nearby off-site location.

According to the original plan, the ground level will have 16 apartments: 9 studios, 6 one-bedrooms, and 1 two-bedroom unit while additionally including “a 1,221 sq. ft. lobby, a 1,963 sq. ft. café, a 1,467 sq. ft. fitness center, a 4,742 sq. ft. promenade, 2,058 sq. ft. of landscaping, a media room, a mail room, and storage space,” according to the review draft.

Levels 2, 3, and 4 will host 25 apartments: 11 studios, 8 one-bedrooms, and six 2-bedrooms. Level 5 will have 22 apartents: 11 studios, 7 one-bedrooms, and 4 two-bedrooms; it will also host a 3,381 sq. ft. common space area.

The square footage of studios will range from 515 to 690 sq. ft.; one bedrooms will vary from 844 to 919 sq. ft.; and two bedrooms will run the gamut from 938 to 1,205 sq. ft.

It is unclear how the removal of a single unit will affect these specific numbers.

Perhaps the most relieving aspect of the development is how it has altered whether or not it will have ground floor retail.

Initially, the project was to harken to the historic desolation that is Seaside Way when it comes to pedestrian traffic. Cold and often quiet, the occasional car drives through and that is about it—and the former design did little to re-activate what was once one of DTLB’s most traveled-by-foot pathways. There was no ground-floor retail, public space activation, or really anything but what was eventually become vine-strewn walls and an entryway into the structure’s hidden parking.

Now, ground floor retail—fronting the elevated park is promised to be included.

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