Work Continues on AMLI Park Broadway Residential Development in Downtown Long Beach


Rendering courtesy of AMLI. Photos courtesy of Urbanize.LA/Michael Hayes.

Construction continues on AMLI Park Broadway’s edifice, located at 245 W. Broadway, with the project showing off its tangible side.

Developer AMLI Residential have constructed a six-story, which will feature 222 residential units—142 one-bedrooms, 40 two-bedrooms, 26 studios, and 10 lofts—above 8,500 square feet of ground-level retail space and an underground parking garage.

It was nearly five years ago I reported that the 1981 Veterans Memorial State Office on Broadway between Pacific and Cedar Avenues was set to become a mixed-use development that would revitalize a deadened strip after the space was purchased for $14M.

Following that acquisition, the $53M project formerly known as Parc Broadway was one of the first major projects announced but has been one of the longest to get off the ground; it was originally projected that the project would have been finished over a year-and-a-half ago.

The ground floor real estate will house the retail and communal spaces, including a bike kitchen, a cafe, and an art gallery; residents will also have the luxury of a private fitness center and dog grooming facility.

The fourth floor will provide residents a pool, outdoor fireplace, and cabanas with a southside view of the waterfront.

Aesthetically, the building intriguingly uses laser-cut metal sheets that read as shadows by the day but alter in lighted color at night. The creme brick, two-story lofts–the massing’s lowest point along Cedar Avenue–is a welcome bow towards the First Congregational Church across the street clad almost entirely in classic red brick.

The main organization of the building massing revolves around a west-facing podium courtyard–named the Sunset Terrace–with a community fire table and seating to watch passers by during sundown hours (or any time of the day really). The building is interconnected by exterior multi-level pedestrian passages, including the private alley that runs through the property acting as landscaped lane to access the lofts.

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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 16 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. Brian currently serves as a columnist and editor for the Long Beach Post.