Sixth District Councilman Dee Andrews announced Tuesday that he is bringing a new retail commercial development to the Sixth District of Long Beach, in conjunction with three-time Super Bowl Champion Willie McGinest.
The development will be located at the former Whistler liquor site, at 941 Pacific Coast Highway, which was demolished by the councilman and McGinest in 2011 because it was deemed a “crime hot spot,” according to the release.
“One of my top priorities was to clean up this area and to bring in new businesses that create jobs,” said Andrews in a statement. “With the new retail and commercial development, I have been able to complete both of these tasks, as well as, to enhance the Pacific Coast Highway corridor. This development includes a coffee shop that offers residents amenities and a place to congregate, socialize, and experience first class service, as well as, food and beverage as a bonus.”
Prior to the dissolution of the Redevelopment Agency, Andrews had been working on the development, of which transactions were placed on hold for several years. The upcoming City Council agenda on Tuesday will finalize the negotiations, according to the release.
“The Sixth District has always been apart of my home,” said McGinest in a statement. “I am grateful for Councilman Andrews for continuing to work with us to make this development possible.”
In addition to the Pacific Coast Highway development, Councilman Andrews also plans to bring forth an agenda item in support of the first parklet to be built outside of the downtown and 4th Street Retro Row areas, right in front of Buono's Authentic Pizzeria. The new parklet would support the development of Willow Street and its pedestrian activity and build upon the street’s ongoing infrastructure projects including traffic calming, bicycle and pedestrian improvements and streetscaping, according to the release.
“This parklet project, in conjunction with the various infrastructure investments and many community initiated projects, will help enhance the pedestrian environment of this important neighborhood business district,” said Brian Ulaszewski of City Fabrick in a statement.
Image courtesy of Councilman Dee Andrews.